Listen, you’re not going to hear anything about Ray Rice, Josh Gordon, Brandon Marshall or Justin Blackmon out of me in this particular post. I want to talk about one of the most absurd suspensions we have seen in the National Football League, which is the recent one game suspension of Nigel Bradham.
I would like to first point out that in accordance with the National Football League rules, Nigel Bradham was suspended for one game for being arrested for possession of marijuana, his first offense of any nature during his time in the National Football League, in August of 2013. That’s fine, if that’s the rule, then that is fine. I would however like to point out that the charges on Bradham were dropped and he never failed any drug test he was given. Am I okay with the punishment? Absolutely, those are the rules. Bradham was arrested and it was very disappointing to us as fans, but it was his first offense and I think sometimes we forget that they’re still kids. Unnecessary benefit of the doubt, but still, I’ll give him one.
The issue I have with this suspension is about the timing. Was Roger Goodell so busy during the 2013 season that he forgot to suspend Bradham then? Maybe he was busy counting his $44,000,000 that he made last year and he just forgot to read the NFL news a month before the season started. He waited almost an entire year to make a decision on something that they claim is their “policy”? That just doesn’t make any sense. If that’s the policy then boom, “One game suspension for Bradham on September 8, 2013. Now let’s move on to the concussion lawsuit!” I mean a policy in place should be enforced immediately, correct?
To me this just doesn’t make sense. They weren’t sitting around waiting to see if charges were filed, because they were dropped and he wasn’t charged with anything. So that wouldn’t make any sense. The kid has stayed out of trouble, focused on his game and he is now, one year later, paying for a mistake he should have paid for 11 months ago. I think this is bad form by the NFL and it definitely needs to tighten up on it’s policies, as their whole “system” seems to allow a lot of wiggle room and not a lot of action… Unless it’s a year later.
That being said I would assume we will be in our dime defense against the pass first offense of the Chicago Bears, so I don’t think it’s going to hurt us too much that he will miss the game. Also here is a video of him destroying a player from Miami and getting thrown out of the game.