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5 Reasons Why NFL Suspension Policies Need To Change

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5 Reasons Why NFL Suspension Policies Need To Change

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It’s about time the NFL takes an introspective look without the usual rose-colored glasses on and realizes that the current suspension policies need a serious overhaul. From player conduct to substance abuse issues, the league is at a really tipping point where change is going to be necessary. Here are five reasons why the NFL suspension policies need revamped sooner rather than later.

5. Just Look At MLB

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5. Just Look At MLB

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Though PEDs are a different animal from player conduct, the hypocritical behavior that MLB displayed in handling the issue is certainly prevalent in the NFL as well. Making exceptions for certain players to use banned substances takes any and all credibility away from the policies put in place. The playing field is supposed to be leveled due to the conduct policies – not tilted whichever way the league sees fit.

4. Every Ruling a Different Interpretation

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4. Every Ruling a Different Interpretation

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Although it could be seen as a good thing, having every ruling for similar issues be treated differently is frustrating for players and fans alike. Ben Roethlisberger getting six games (albeit it was reduced to four) for allegations without evidence while Ray Rice gets only two for dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of an elevator is hypocrisy at its worst. Some sort of standard must be established in black and white for true credibility.

3. Little to No Deterrence

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3. Little to No Deterrence

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Clearly the suspension policies have done little to no good with guys like Justin Blackmon, LaVon Brazill and Josh Gordon getting slammed for yearlong bans due to violating the substance abuse policy. Treatment rather than penalties would be the preferable route in order to get these guys’ lives in order. It’s obvious the underlying threat of a suspension isn’t enough to change these situations for the better.

2. Judge, Jury and Executioner

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2. Judge, Jury and Executioner

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Roger Goodell has done a lot of good since taking over the reins as the NFL Commissioner, but his absolute power is tyrannical in nature and more often than not quite contradictory. Taking a hard-line stance on some issues (Robert Mathis for example) and giving Ray Rice a slap on the wrist is flat-out embarrassing. Checks and balances are necessary for a system to function properly, and right now Goodell answers to no one.

1. Domestic Violence Gets a Slap on the Wrist

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1. Domestic Violence Gets a Slap on the Wrist

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If establishing a better culture throughout the league is the goal with these player conduct policies, it makes absolutely no sense how what Ray Rice did – with video evidence, no less – was given just a two-game suspension. The legal system requires more than simply circumstantial evidence to warrant a conviction, and the fact that the NFL appears to work in the complete opposite manner is simply a slap in the face to America.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.