The NFL is stupid to enforce the NCAA’s inconsistent suspensions

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NFL Commissioner Goodell decided to enforce the 5  game suspension of former OSU QB Pryor in his league.  This not only sets a very dangerous precedent  it ties the credibility of the Commissioner, the league and his power to deal  with off field behavior of the players and coaches to that of the NCAA.  The issue is that the NCAA has done  everything it can to destroy whatever credibility it still had.

Pryor who sold a legal item that belonged to him for  a legitimate market value.  He got a 5 game suspension. Under the US Constitution not even the federal government can penalize someone for selling a legal product that belonged to them.  What gives the NCAA that power?  I have said several times that if one of the  players had been my son, I would have sued the NCAA for every dime it ever even  dreamed about seeing.

Then the same  power that gave Pryor and other Buckeye players a 5 game suspension faced
another issue.  University of Miami QB Jacoby  Harris and others got gifts of thousands of dollars from a convicted felon and  he got a 1 game suspension.  WHAT???????

U of M has had a history of major violations and yet  they get 1 game for their key players?
WHAT 2 ???????????

If the NFL Commish had any doubts about following  the NCAA off the cliff, this latest decision should cause him to take a step  back from the ledge.

What about players like North Carolina DL McDoo who  was permanently suspended for among  other violations committing academic fraud.  Mr. Goodell, would under your Pryor ruling be prohibited from EVER  playing in the pro league?  Of course  not.  So what is the difference?  We are all waiting for an explanation.

This is a stupid and dangerous precedent that  Goodell will come to regret.  He is  following the lead of a group that has less credibility than promised spending  cuts from Congress.  You cannot get much  less credibility than that.

That is what I think.  Tell me what you think.

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