NFL Trying To Play Both Sides Of The FenceMarch 28th, 2011
With the not-so-shocking news this morning that police in Texas have identified Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib as a “person of interest” in a disturbing domestic dispute where witnesses claim Talib tried to pistol whip and then shoot another man, it’s a good thing for Talib there is currently no CBA.
(Had there been a CBA, perhaps Talib would be at One Buc Palace working out and away from this mess back home?)
Since there is no CBA, the player conduct policy of the NFL is out the window. But NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell has claimed he can still rule despite the players being locked out and no CBA in place.
Greg Aiello, spokesman for the NFL, e-mailed the Tampa Tribune Monday morning and it seems as if the NFL is trying to have things both ways.
“The conduct and drug policies are currently suspended,” Aiello said in an email to The Tampa Tribune on Monday. “However, any violations of law that occur during the work stoppage will be reviewed for potential discipline.”
That is consistent with statements NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made last week during the NFL owners’ meetings.
“The Personal Conduct Policy continues,” Goodell said. “It applies to everybody in the league. I don’t know how it would apply to the players under this circumstance, but it’s something I feel strongly about, that we owe to our fans.”
So what does this tell Joe? That with a new CBA in place, the owners are likely going to demand that language be included that all player conduct policies would be retroactive for the time during the lockout and that Talib will have to go to the principal’s office in New York to pay a visit to Goodell.