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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / 6 Most Controversial Player Suspensions in the NFL

6 Most Controversial Player Suspensions in the NFL

Controversial suspensions!
Publish Date: 12/01/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

While the NFL is a great league in itself, it still has controversial stuff that almost everyone still remembers and talks about to this day. One of the most talked-about things when it comes to the controversy is player suspensions. Occasionally, the NFL is heavy-handed when it comes to giving their players pink slips, but sometimes the punishment is disproportionate to the offense made by the athlete, like prolonged suspensions or permanent ban.

 

In NFL sports betting, bans and suspensions fare important as they could have an impact on the draft. That’s why many people are always on the alert in regards to news and updates in the NFL. This may be challenging for a newbie bettor to learn, but FanDuel explains this in more detail. Some people even say that the NFL is dipping its hand into the very personal lives of athletes.

 

This is especially true when Roger Goodell took office in 2006 and has made some of the most controversial suspensions ever in the league. He already has a handful of suspensions on his belt in regards to NFL players’ lives on and off the field. However, many of these suspensions have also been deemed unnecessary by other figures of authority. That being said, here are some of the most controversial player suspensions in the NFL.

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson has a tumultuous relationship with the San Diego Chargers. However, not just the team but also to the authorities. Jackson was arrested because of driving without a license after the police stopped him for his loud music. The driving without a license offense stemmed from drunk driving, which is a warrant for suspension in the NFL.

 

And yet, he was suspended for three games because of his driving without a license by the league. Some people theorized that Roger Goodell must have already put him on probation even before this offense, which pissed off a lot of people.

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy was one of the better pass rushers while in Carolina. However, his reputation gained a stain because of his apparent violence towards his fiancée. Because of that, he was suspended for ten games by the NFL, which resulted in him playing just once in the season.

 

However, because of the recent scandal that involved Ray Rice before the incident, the NFL was forced to revamp its policy in regards to domestic violence. At the same time, the Panthers listed him on the exempt list.

 

This would mean that Greg Hardy would be forced to sit out the following games but would still be paid $13.1 million that remains as his salary. Following that, the case was dismissed by the court because the victim failed to appear during the appeals.

Ray Rice

Ray Rice was arrested for having a domestic dispute with his fiancée back in 2014. This resulted in him being suspended for two games. However, in September that year, Goodell suspended him indefinitely because a video of him punching his fiancée in an elevator emerged. But this suspension was overturned by Barbara S. Jones after arguing that Rice already has a suspension in effect for the same offense twice.

Albert Haynesworth

Albert probably did the most indefensible act in the history of the NFL. During a game where both of the teams were heated up and was frustrated with one another, Albert, seeing a player from the opposing team lying on the ground without his helmet on, decided to stomp on the player’s bare head. The news sent shockwaves among the fans and earned him some deserved backlash because of his behavior.

 

Albert’s motivation to do this activity is most likely because of the frustration he has with the other team’s antics. Whatever his reason is, his behavior is inexcusable, and he was suspended for five games by the NFL. The act itself is very terrible, and no one would have batted an eye if the NFL gave him more severe punishment.

Stanley Wilson

Some people might argue that Stanley Wilson is a victim of the NFL’s inconsistency and failed system. While it’s Wilson’s fault in the first place for drug use, the ridiculous part of the whole ordeal is that instead of the NFL giving Wilson the help he needs, they decided to ban him permanently.

 

Before the 1989 Super Bowl started, Wilson was found late to the team’s meeting because he was in his room doing cocaine. This then prompted the NFL to act swiftly and enforce its rules on drug use.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady having any number of suspensions is a shock enough for fans of the league. While he may be the poster boy of the NFL, he is not excused from any suspensions, no matter how harsh it may be.

 

The suspension is controversial, too, since it’s the first of its kind in NFL history. Tom Brady was suspended for four games because of the DeflateGate scandal that is reported for having footballs being under-inflated to gain a competitive advantage.

Takeaway

The NFL had its fair share of controversies in the past decades. Some even have the NFL to blame because of its inconsistencies in its policies and regulations. However, the list mentioned above is some of the most well-known suspensions that people will never forget sooner or later. That may be the case, but the NFL is still upholding its policies and is hoping that everyone in the league will follow them.

 

 

 

While the NFL is a great league in itself, it still has controversial stuff that almost everyone still remembers and talks about to this day. One of the most talked-about things when it comes to the controversy is player suspensions. Occasionally, the NFL is heavy-handed when it comes to giving their players pink slips, but sometimes the punishment is disproportionate to the offense made by the athlete, like prolonged suspensions or permanent ban.

 

In NFL sports betting, bans and suspensions fare important as they could have an impact on the draft. That’s why many people are always on the alert in regards to news and updates in the NFL. This may be challenging for a newbie bettor to learn, but FanDuel explains this in more detail. Some people even say that the NFL is dipping its hand into the very personal lives of athletes.

 

This is especially true when Roger Goodell took office in 2006 and has made some of the most controversial suspensions ever in the league. He already has a handful of suspensions on his belt in regards to NFL players’ lives on and off the field. However, many of these suspensions have also been deemed unnecessary by other figures of authority. That being said, here are some of the most controversial player suspensions in the NFL.

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson has a tumultuous relationship with the San Diego Chargers. However, not just the team but also to the authorities. Jackson was arrested because of driving without a license after the police stopped him for his loud music. The driving without a license offense stemmed from drunk driving, which is a warrant for suspension in the NFL.

 

And yet, he was suspended for three games because of his driving without a license by the league. Some people theorized that Roger Goodell must have already put him on probation even before this offense, which pissed off a lot of people.

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy was one of the better pass rushers while in Carolina. However, his reputation gained a stain because of his apparent violence towards his fiancée. Because of that, he was suspended for ten games by the NFL, which resulted in him playing just once in the season.

 

However, because of the recent scandal that involved Ray Rice before the incident, the NFL was forced to revamp its policy in regards to domestic violence. At the same time, the Panthers listed him on the exempt list.

 

This would mean that Greg Hardy would be forced to sit out the following games but would still be paid $13.1 million that remains as his salary. Following that, the case was dismissed by the court because the victim failed to appear during the appeals.

Ray Rice

Ray Rice was arrested for having a domestic dispute with his fiancée back in 2014. This resulted in him being suspended for two games. However, in September that year, Goodell suspended him indefinitely because a video of him punching his fiancée in an elevator emerged. But this suspension was overturned by Barbara S. Jones after arguing that Rice already has a suspension in effect for the same offense twice.

Albert Haynesworth

Albert probably did the most indefensible act in the history of the NFL. During a game where both of the teams were heated up and was frustrated with one another, Albert, seeing a player from the opposing team lying on the ground without his helmet on, decided to stomp on the player’s bare head. The news sent shockwaves among the fans and earned him some deserved backlash because of his behavior.

 

Albert’s motivation to do this activity is most likely because of the frustration he has with the other team’s antics. Whatever his reason is, his behavior is inexcusable, and he was suspended for five games by the NFL. The act itself is very terrible, and no one would have batted an eye if the NFL gave him more severe punishment.

Stanley Wilson

Some people might argue that Stanley Wilson is a victim of the NFL’s inconsistency and failed system. While it’s Wilson’s fault in the first place for drug use, the ridiculous part of the whole ordeal is that instead of the NFL giving Wilson the help he needs, they decided to ban him permanently.

 

Before the 1989 Super Bowl started, Wilson was found late to the team’s meeting because he was in his room doing cocaine. This then prompted the NFL to act swiftly and enforce its rules on drug use.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady having any number of suspensions is a shock enough for fans of the league. While he may be the poster boy of the NFL, he is not excused from any suspensions, no matter how harsh it may be.

 

The suspension is controversial, too, since it’s the first of its kind in NFL history. Tom Brady was suspended for four games because of the DeflateGate scandal that is reported for having footballs being under-inflated to gain a competitive advantage.

Takeaway

The NFL had its fair share of controversies in the past decades. Some even have the NFL to blame because of its inconsistencies in its policies and regulations. However, the list mentioned above is some of the most well-known suspensions that people will never forget sooner or later. That may be the case, but the NFL is still upholding its policies and is hoping that everyone in the league will follow them.

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