Originally Posted by sbpatfan
It's pretty funny that some of you want to strip these guys for their awards yet I didn't see any of you asking for the Commish to strip the Patriots of their Superbowls after spygate.
Irony at its best.
This reminds me of a discussion I was having with someone the other day. In Australia, Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia. There's two bitter rivals in Adelaide and Port Adelaide who play in the AFL (Australian Football League) which is the equivalent to the NFL. And no it's no rugby it's Aussie Rules. These two are the bitterest of rivals possibly the most bitter in the AFL.
Simon Goodwin the captain of Adelaide was fined $40,000 by the AFL for 4 personal bets totaling $16,000 on AFL matches a few years ago. Recently Matthew Primus, an assistant coach and past superstar ruck-man for Port Adelaide was suspended for 2 weeks for laying a $20 syndicate multi-bet across a pre-season match and the English Premier League.
The point is they are both violations of the AFL's zero tolerance rules on officials or players gambling on AFL matches however opposite ends of the spectrum. Adelaide Crows fans have been arguing with Port Adelaide Power fans that the punishment should be the same. Obviously the AFL disagrees.
Next time you feel like being high and mighty sbpatfan sit back and ask yourself this. What's worse than misinterpreting a rule, creating a media circus without grounding or merit and suffering an unjust penalty or flagrantly flaunting the NFL's substance abuse policy and getting a relative smack on the wrist?
I love the Patriots and if they do anything wrong the organization deserves the punishment that is dished out but using PED's is far worse than misinterpreting a rule IMO.
Perhaps the NFL finally woke up to itself and got serious in banning players for a season or two like most of the rest of the world does for performance enhancing substance abuse. Athletes across all sports these days are highly educated in doping standards that there's no excuse for inadvertent positive tests.