It sounds like the title of an awful Summer movie release doesn’t it?
…in a world filled with litigious denizens, one man dares to go against the grain. The Ginger General has boldly come forward, publicly accusing a football player of doing football things. Vilma is out for vengence…
Yes, it’s sad but unfortunately true, the ripple effect of Bounty Gate has finally come back to potentially bite Roger Goodell right square in his pasty white ass. In the suit, Vilma alleges that Goodell made false statements that tarnished his reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living.
While traditional thinking might lead one to believe that suing one’s employer is not the best way to remain employed for the long term, this is a good thing. For years now, the commissioner has been handing out penalties and fines in such an arbitrary manner that one would have to conclude that he’s got personal grudges against some players.
Take James Harrison for example. This man has been fined numerous times for simply playing the game of Football the way it was meant to be played. That’s insanity, and yet, nobody is stepping in to put the brakes on the commissioner for handing out in excess of $125,000 in 2011 alone?
I will admit the argument can be made that he’s trying to hurt somebody, but then again, I’ve seen flags thrown in this league for perfectly clean hits where helmet to helmet contact was purely incidental and caused no injury to either player. They wear the helmets to prevent head to head collisons that will almost certainly cause permanent damage. When the helmets touch, that’s just the helmets doing their job in 95% of the cases.
Let’s look at another Steeler for a minute. One who was almost never fined, or otherwise penalized, for blatant dirty shots on opponents. Hines Ward was one of the dirtiest players on the field. Delivering crack-back blocks that threatened to permanently disable opposing defenders simply because he was in a position to do so.
Where’s the fairness in that? If Commissioner Goodell was sooooo awfully concerned about player safety, he’d look at all players, not just the ones who are easy targets.
But I digress. I hope Vilma not only wins this lawsuit but in doing so manages to discredit Goodell in such a way that the league votes his stupid ass out of the position. I’m sorry, he’s done nothing positive for the game in his tenure if you ask me. And this latest round of fines, suspensions and penalties to the teams in the off season? Well, if you ask me, that’s the first step to taking over as COBRA commander. Today the NFL, tomorrow the WORLD!!!!