NFL = National Fight League?
Doug Plank has been quoted as saying “Most football players are temperamental. That’s 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental”. This quote is almost prophetic, considering the incidents that have occurred off the football field this season. First I’ll pick on Larry Johnson, running back of the Chiefs. Johnson has been recently charged with simple assault. In summary, this was caused because Johnson was rejected by a girl in some strip joint, and because he was not happy with this, he spit on the girl not once but several times. This frustrates me greatly, because he was a starting RB on my fantasy team this year. Now I have to bench him for who knows how long. But seriously, what a dumb thing for him to do. And then there is Pacman Jones. Forget all the funny articles in The Onion about Jones and his antics. He clearly has a problem keeping his head on straight. He recently got into a fight with his own bodyguard in a Dallas hotel, and it was inflenced by alcohol.
What I am writing is really nothing new. Thousands of other articles/posts have talked about Pacman Jones and Larry Johnson I’m sure. But I beg to ask the question, should there be such thing as “personal accountability” for these athletes, and also “consequences”? NFL Commish. Roger Goodell seems to believe in consequence, after he suspended Pacman Jones in 2007 for the entire season. Larry Johnson is also looking at some personal suspension time as he plans to meet with Goodell on Tuesday. I may be criticized for being judgemental to the players, but who cares? I think I have a fair point. These guys are already supposed to be role models. When they continually lose their temper off the field, I believe there is no excuse. If I was an anarchist, then maybe I would be encouraging Jones and Johnson to continue spitting and punching to their hearts desire. What does it matter, right?
I’ll end the article with a quote I found, which is anonymous. “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic duty, the duty to take the consequences.” I’d like to challenge athletes like Johnson and Jones to consider the consequences of their actions before rather than after committing them.
But if that happened, the NFL wouldn’t be exciting, right? Ok, now I need to go, I’m watching Fight Club.