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Josh Kirkendall

Josh Kirkendall

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Where's the harm?


Rules are rules. They are set not to be excepted, but rather as the manner in which people are to conduct themselves under any circumstances. Rules are etched in stone, unfortunately, life doesn't work that way. So, when the harm is non-existent and there are extenuating circumstances, there may be room to break the rules. After all, we are not talking about laws that prevent the harm of any individuals, nor are we talking about re-writing health care or how much money we shall put into the global warming machine.

Chad Ochocinco had claimed that he would wear Henry's #15 against the San Diego Chargers. The league said no. The NFL Players Association said they would cover the fine. Chad elected not to wear the jersey so that the game, the league and everyone else would not be distracted by the fact that Chad was wearing a jersey honoring his fallen teammate. Brandon Marshall wore Henry's name on the back of his jersey during pregame warmups.

If rules are created to preserve the integrity of the game, to help protect individual players then you have to abide by them. Since Chad was honoring his teammate in a fashion that did not hurt the league, that did not hurt a team, that did not hurt an individual, what is the harm? It would be wise for the league to allow people to grieve in their own way for a friend that died an untimely death. Something that is not listed on life's how-to list.

By Josh Kirkendall  |  December 21, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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