Among the many head-scratching policies enacted by the NFL, the one Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio recently brought to light may be the most telling of the league’s tone deafness.
While reviewing the PED policy for Julian Edelman’s case, Florio noticed a little-known provision that theoretically incentives players and coaches to rat on people in their own organization to cut their own suspensions in half.
“NFL Management Council may, prior to the conclusion of a Player’s appeal, reduce the length of the suspension and corresponding bonus forfeiture by up to 50 percent when the Player has provided full and complete assistance (including hearing testimony if required) to the Management Council which results in the finding of an additional violation of the Policy by another Player, coach, trainer or other person subject to this Policy.”
The Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell is like ‘I don’t see the problem here.’ Everyone else, including Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long, thinks the concept of ratting on a teammate for personal game is laughable.
Panthers running back Kenjon Barner piled on.
Good stuff, Roger. Good stuff.
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