NFL Tickets – You, Me, PED Free

by on July 5, 2015 updated July 5, 2015

 

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Is it me or does there seem to be a new wave of suspensions hovering over the NFL? Ticket buyers don’t like this kind of thing. To begin with, when a player on your team’s rivals seems to have been cheating, it just irks you. Because, of course my team is lily white and would never do anything underhanded? Don’t you feel the same way? Except that isn’t true.

My favorite team, the New Orleans Saints, got hammered a few season back because of Bountygate. I won’t go into the injustice of it all because it is what it is. The New England Patriots are poised to take a hit with the suspension of Tom Brady, again, I won’t debate the pros and cons of the case because it is what it is.

I woke up this morning and checked the NFL news and here’s what I find among the top headlines:

Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is suspended four games for Performance Enhancing Drugs. Gates claims he took supplements unknowingly and accepts responsibility. This can happen easily. The NFL should publish a list of approved substances.

Sheldon Richardson of the New York Jets suspended four games for violation of the substance abuse policy. Fewer details here, which leads us to assume without proof that this is probably not PED’s but something recreational.

Rolando McClain of the Dallas Cowboys, four games, substance abuse, no listing of exactly what he failed testing for. He was rehabbing a knee so it could be anything from PED to some kind of self medicating pain relief to a simple mistake in supplements.

And finally, and article on ESPN debating how the suspensions of McClain and Greg Hardy could have an impact on the Cowboys playoff hopes. That’s the point. We have entered an age where the scrutiny on an NFL player is absolutely total. This applies to substance abuse, on field behavior, and off the field activity. You won’t get away with much unless you’re a special teams player toiling in obscurity at NFL minimum wage. If you are a starter, you have to be squeaky clean.

So, NFL ticket holders will spend the next few weeks hoping their stars haven’t been using anything questionable, are staying home at night with loved ones, working for charity, cleaning up the environment, mentoring schoolchildren, working at homeless shelters, and building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Anything else will get you suspended and hamper your team’s chances of a Super Bowl.

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