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Gene Wang

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The Delay Game

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So Minnesota defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams have filed an injunction that is going to allow them to play this week. What a shock. It would have been a bigger upset had the Vikings' run-stuffing duo actually missed a game.

It's just the latest in a series of games that athletes and their attorneys play with the NFL. The league announces a suspension, players deny their guilt and hire legal representation, and the attorney files an appeal that, while tied up, keeps those players eligible. It's comical really the way this routine happens like clockwork.

It almost seems to make better sense to issue suspensions after the season. That way the appeals process could run its course while there are no games, and if a player is found guilty of violating league policy and warrants a suspension, that penalty could be served at the start of the ensuing regular season.

It's not perfect, but it's better than issuing a suspension that's little more than empty punishment if a player appeals and continues to play while the legal process runs its course.

By Gene Wang  |  December 4, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Gene,
It's called the American legal system. Read about it sometime. If someone alleged you were plagiarizing articles for publication you would get a lawyer, too. You would want to make sure your employer did not do anything illegal or against whatever bargaining agreement to punish you. And you would want an investigation to bring all the details to light.

It's not a comical dance, it's what separates us from China, Russia, and a host of countries that don't respect the rule of law.

Posted by: carlos | December 6, 2008 8:56 AM

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