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The National Felony League August 14, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

the-national-felony-league.jpgLets face it, the NFL has a serious problem with its players and it’s only going to get worse.  Players  just can’t seem to stay out of trouble these days. Whether it be the usual D.U.I., assualt charges, or dog fighting allegations, the NFL  finds itself handing out more fines and suspensions than ever before.

Lately, NFL players are in the news for all the wrong reasons.  Obviously, players such as Michael Vick and Pacman Jones are the two most talked about players dealing with legal troubles.  However, there are countless others that have been fined or handed suspensions. Chris Henry, Tank Johnson, Chris Chambers, and Joey Porter are just a few of the other names.  And lets not forget that nearly half of the Cincinnati Bengals team have had their issues as well.

Many blame the NFL for their players misconduct, but the NFL is not the sole cause of why so many players get into trouble.  It’s not as if once the players get drafted, they run wild and think they are above the law.  They’ve been running wild and thinking they’re above the law since college, and for some since high school.

It’s no secret that star players for universities are sometimes favored.  They may not get the punishment they deserve when they get into serious trouble. Some coaches are strict disciplinarians, but others favor the team record, while their players are building records of their own.

By the time NFL scouts are thinking about drafting a player, it may be hard for a scout to judge if the player is a headcase or if he just made a few mistakes in the past.  It makes the decision even more difficult when meeting with the player, because the player is on his best behavior, and the coach has nothing but great things to say about him.  It’s a hard decision for a scout to make, and sometimes they make the wrong call.  Players are then drafted, and it may only get worse from there.

The saying more money,  more problems best describes the current situation in the NFL. Money doesn’t make problems go away, and it certainly doesn’t make an athlete change his behavior.  Having more money only supports a players’ bad habits.  If they were using drugs before, then they are only going to use more drugs once they get more money.  If they were headcases before, then they are only going to be bigger headcases once they get more money. The large salaries of the NFL only adds fuel to the fire.

Now the NFL is forced to correct the problem, with their only answer being heavy fines and suspensions.  The problem with the fines is that it really doesn’t put a dent in the athletes bank account. A ten thousand dollar fine is nothing when you’re making millions.  The suspension is the best possible method when trying to get through to a player. By taking away what they love, and showing how they let their team down, it forces an athlete to change his behavior.  However, players such as Pacman Jones, may not quite get the message and continue to make bad decisions.

Beside better judgement, the only other thing the NFL can do to correct this growing problem is increase the fines and lengthen the suspensions.  Becoming more strict with players is a must and is the best solution.  It is up to the NFL to show players that they will no longer tolerate bad behavior off the field.  Otherwise, we might very well be seeing a new logo in the future. 




1. Taoist Biker - August 14, 2007

I think the league has gotten it through their heads that they are in danger of alienating their paying customers. The NFL has been on a rocketship of popularity over the last decade…this player misconduct outbreak or a labor/management squabble are the only real threats to that.

Expect to see a lot more of the “Playing here is a privilege, and we can take it away to protect the good of everyone else in the league” talk from the commissioner in the next year or three!

2. dimmykarras - August 14, 2007

I know my view on this is rather unorthodox, but I disagree with the entire premise of the NFL’s player conduct policy. I don’t think the league should be suspending guys who get in trouble with the law. The legal system should provide whatever the appropriate penalty is for drunk driving or whatever it is, and the guy should be allowed to keep on playing (unless he’s actually incarcerated, of course).

I think Charles Barkley was right: athletes should not be role models. Even if Michael Vick horribly mistreated lots of dogs, I can still enjoy watching him play football on Sundays and separate the two. I could care less if the players in the NFL are a bunch of criminals, frankly. I want to see talented athletes perform, period.

3. thegridirongoddess - August 14, 2007

Great post and I have so many thoughts on it but too sleep to coherently type out right now… be back to comment again tomorrow!

4. coaks - August 15, 2007

I want to see some changes in the NFL and I want to see them now!!! This is seriously why I am only a fair-weather-fan. This is absolutely ridiculous. I heard something stupid the other day: Pacman Jones went to a strip club right before his meeting with the commissioner. Well the next day he admitted it on ESPN during a live interview!!!


5. Marquis Chapman - August 15, 2007

WOW. I didn’t hear about that, but that is really sad. He has no respect for the NFL or its rules. He just doesn’t get it, and probably never will.

6. Jason Wilson - August 15, 2007

What people seem to forget.. is that each and every player is a representive of the NFL on the field, in the community, and in their own personal lives.. Teams have millions of dollar invested in some of these athletes.. While I dont agree with the conduct policy as a whole.. Parts of it do make sense.. Basically it should read.. keep your nose clean.. Live your life.. and hey have fun playing this sport.. Problem is.. Sports are no longer sports.. they are a buisness.. Think about it like this.. what happens if your given alot of something your not used to having? you go overboard! Some of these athletes came up in poverty.. and now have more money then they know what to do with.. and it makes them think either they are “above the law” or they can buy their way out of trouble.. Not saying this is the case with Vick.. but I’ve seen it with others.. Love the blog.. love the comments!

7. sportsconversation - August 15, 2007

I think the NFL is already on the right track. Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson have both recently recieved severe suspensions. Goodell has been stiff with on-field issues, as seen with a five game suspension for the the Titan’s Haynesworth last season. I suspect a record setting suspension with Vick once he makes a plea deal. Goodell said that the severity of Jones punishment was partly due to his strip club appearance the night before. He is definatly on the right track.

8. lunawolf - August 18, 2007

Gosh, it’s like you have to use child psychology on these guys!
I hate the player, not the game 😦

9. Mr. Insider - September 3, 2007

Dimwit Karras is a symbol for what real dysfunctional thinking is all about. If he had any depth or character, he would not confuse torturing animals with being able to enjoy the play of a sick and criminal mind who does the torturing. Vick is a junior league monster and an Olympic class moron. Any mental health professional will tell Dimwit that torturing animals is a major step towards being able to commit other heinous crimes, like hurting human animals. I can give you simple 100% odds that Vick will never play again. Talked to a coach recently who explained that Vick ‘is so over just because of the horror’ he made millions feel. ‘The NFL will not even remotely consider his playing ever again’. My hope for Vick is that he gets the same treatment in prison that he forced on helpless fellow creatures. He likely will from some major league bad guys. So, Dimwit, try to grad some basic moral good sense and character. You are a pathetic little man. Bye Bye to $180 million (inc. endorsements) Michael Vick. Hope torture was worth it. Oh, don’t forget the soap for your busy showers.

10. thegridirongoddess - September 4, 2007

hee hee hee heee I like your version!

11. Marquis Chapman - September 4, 2007

Thanks. I feel like this logo best describes the NFL and its players.

12. E. Litz - September 11, 2007

Let’s go back many years when Billy “Whiteshoes” Johnson started his tapdancing antics in the endzone after a touchdown. Other players copied and it just escalated into the chest thumping and obscene hip gyrations seen in endzones today and after plays on the field. The NFL allows it because they didn’t want to be tagged the “No Fun League”. The only way to stop this is to knock off all this onfield nonsense and get back to good sportsmanlike football. Kids have been watching over the years and they copy what they see. I love football but I hate these clowns that think they have to put on performances. Let the cheerleaders do it!

13. Marquis Chapman - September 11, 2007

I’m one of those fans that don’t mind the endzone celebration. I think it’s very entertaning to the fans. I’ve always enjoy Chad Johnson’s end zone celebrations. As long as players don’t go overboard with it, it’s fine with me.

14. Lady Riader - September 11, 2007

For the most part I totally enjoy the dancing, it’s good to see someone not taking their job too seriously. How ever there is a line we should cross, but as long as tey keep the little orange things out of the celebration it’s all to the good!

15. the art of war - January 10, 2010

the art of war…

…He wrote that . . ….

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