Few currently disagree with the idea that rams are a defensive tackle Aaron Donald He should be stopped for his conduct in Thursday’s joint training with the Bengals. Players who wear swinging helmets should always face a heavy penalty, regardless of whether the accident results in serious injury. Otherwise, the guys will keep swinging the helmets until someone suffers a serious injury – after which the NFL will act surprised that someone is seriously injured after being hit with the helmet.
The problem is that the NFL does not control the players’ behavior during training, even when it is a common practice. This means the rams have to hang it up, if anyone is.
Will they? Coach Shawn McVeigh already said He’s not looking to point fingers. Of course not, because that finger will point to the player responsible for his coverage of the Super Bowl episode.
The league can punish rams for not controlling their comrades. Can the league tell the Rams that a heavy penalty will be imposed on the team Is Donald not suspended? If so, the question becomes to suggest enough penalty for the team to get the Rams to comment on Donald.
And if the Rams still can’t stop Donald, the NFL should. Even if the league does not control a player’s behavior during training, the personal behavior policy applies everywhere, with no restrictions on time or location. This specifically prohibits: “violent or threatening behavior towards another employee or third party anywhere in the workplace.”
If NFL players are subject to a personal conduct policy wherever and whenever, does it not apply during a common practice? Isn’t this “any workplace”?
This is the easy solution. Activation of Judge Sue L. Robinson. Suggest a penalty. You have a hearing. Play the video. Case closed.
And if the NFL Players Association tries to turn dirty facts about chicken into a legal loophole in chicken salad, let them do it. What is the shame of the commissioner taking a firm stand for what is right?
If guys (especially those with Aaron Donald’s strength) keep swinging helmets in practice, someone will eventually get injured, or worse. And the league will have a great potential responsibility. Wouldn’t it be wise to be able to say, if that happened, that they tried to do everything in their power to deter such behavior? Wouldn’t it really be better to deter such behavior?
Bottom line – when the Billing Rams host the first Thursday night of the season, Donald shouldn’t be in the building. And he must have been gone for several weeks after that. If the Rams don’t, the NFL should.
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