Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Why is Manziel still Playing?

A couple weeks ago a video from a cop's dash cam recorded an altercation where Johnny Manziel admitted to having "a couple drinks" and then driving and also recorded was Manziel's girlfriend saying that Manziel had "hit her a couple times". Now, coming off of the whole Ray Rice incident and the Greg Hardy situation you would think that the NFL would of acted on this Manziel thing faster. Instead Manziel was able to actually play last Sunday for the Browns. Rice was suspended, Hardy was suspended, but yet the NFL is "investigating" Manziel. The NFL also investigated the Rice and Hardy incidents, but at least to me it felt like their suspensions was doled out with less hesitation especially after the Rice video came to light. If the NFL is actually serious about punishing domestic violence incidents then Manziel should be on the commissioner's list just like Rice and Hardy ended up until a resolution has been found.

Manziel's rehab stint was for alcohol abuse and to better his image with Cleveland Brown fans and the Cleveland front office, but this new incident, while it's still being investigated, shows signs that "Johnny Football's" first rehab stint might not have stuck. NFL players shouldn't be allowed to play while their name may be in the news over any domestic violence related incident. That's if the NFL is really serious about domestic violence and it's sport. The language in the new domestic violence calls for a player could be suspended if the NFL's investigation finds "sufficient credible evidence that it appears a violation of the (personal conduct) policy has occurred. Those violations could include: The use or threat of violence; domestic violence and other forms of partner abuse; disorderly conduct" and considering the details from that dash cam video it should be a no brainer that something happen and Manziel was at the center of it.

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