Might Bucs Get A Gift From Goodell?July 16th, 2014
Joe knows just the mere mention of NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell makes Bucs fans grind their teeth enough to alarm their dentists. Tampa Bay faithful may loathe Goodell more than Raheem Morris.
Just look at the cash Goodell, indirectly, has cost safety Dashon Goldson. Geez, we could have all retired on the bread that Goldson lost to the NFL in fines.
And it was Goodell, under the guise of player safety, who has all but taken the physical game out of the NFL, a very reason the league is widly popular. If folks wanted to see flag football, there would be leagues set up by national sports networks so they could fill their endless hours of empty programming.
Now Joe thought of something last night that may endear Bucs fans to Goodell. Recently, Greg Hardy was involved in a ugly hassle involving a sordid affair that involves, allegedly, violence and narcotics, per the Charlotte Observer. Hardy was found guilty of assault and threatening to kill his girlfriend, said Mecklenburg District Judge Becky Thorne Tin. Real prince of a guy, this Hardy, huh?
The case against Hardy, however, started in late morning and ended at 9 p.m. It drew a dozen witnesses and featured hour after hour of testimony into the darker side of youth, beauty and celebrity, with drugs, sex and violence playing key roles in the narrative.
Hardy, [Nicole] Holder said, flung her from the bed, threw her into a bathtub, then tossed her on a futon covered with rifles. Holder said Hardy ripped a necklace he had given her off her neck, threw it into a toilet and slammed the lid on her arm when she tried to fish it out. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Hardy dragged her by the hair room to room, she said, before putting his hands around her throat.
“He looked me in my eyes and he told me he was going to kill me,” said Holder, 24, who said she used to live with Hardy. I was so scared I wanted to die. When he loosened his grip slightly, I said, ‘Just do it. Kill me.’ ” Later, as Holder said she was held by her former boyfriend’s personal assistant, she said Hardy made the 911 call, showed her the phone, and said, “Run, little girl. You’re going to jail.”
Surely one would hope Hardy is looking at a lengthy suspension from Goodell.
And guess who the Stinking Panthers play the first week of the season? Yup. The Bucs. A suspension crossed Joe’s mind and it was reinforced by the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
Don’t think the Bucs would mind very much if Roger Goodell suspends Greg Hardy for at least the opening game at steamy Raymond James Stadium
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) July 16, 2014
It’s a shame Hardy hasn’t been suspended already. Beating up a woman or hitting a pass receiver who is wearing a helmet and shoulder pads a little too hard, you tell Joe which is worse? Sadly, it’s hitting a receiver too hard because threats of multi-million dollar lawsuits hang over the heads of NFL owners.
Joe is not nearly as anti-Goodell as many fans. If Goodell has a moral bone in his body, then Hardy shouldn’t see a football field without paying for quite a while.
The result, from the Bucs perspective, is that an offensive line with plenty of questions marks might get a break.
Still, Joe feels hollow writing that. Worrying about a suspect offensive line pales in comparison to some woman who got slapped around by a guy big enough to break her in half.