Clayborn Cleared; Goodell Should Be AshamedOctober 9th, 2013
Joe can’t believe how screwed up Roger Goodell’s system of
ruining football protecting players is.
Here’s a messy history¬†for you:
1) Adrian Clayborn was fined $21,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty on Drew Brees in Week 2. (See photo above) As a result, the Bucs had a recovered fumble overturned that may very well have cost Tampa Bay a win.¬†Presumably, Goodell has a trained team of officials who study these hits closely and repeatedly¬†before issuing fines.
2) At the time of the hit, former director of NFL Officials and current FOX analyst Mike Pereira agreed with the call. He even wrote about it¬†the next day after further review.
3) Today, Clayborn is celebrating because his fine was overturned on appeal, per Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger.
So where does this leave Bucs fans?
To summarize, the game¬†refs got the call wrong,¬†league officials¬†got it wrong on review, the leading expert in the media got it wrong, and Bucs¬†fans took it where the sun don’t shine. ¬†
Clearly, Goodell’s system is¬†extraordinarily¬†flawed. Joe hopes a public apology is forthcoming.¬†
Regardless, the Bucs need to play within the messed up system. Going high on a quarterback, especially a great one, is always the wrong move. Legal or not, it’s going to draw a flag.¬†