Steelers MMQB: Should players like Ward and Harrison be punished for “violations” of the personal conduct policy during the lockout?

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As far as I’m concerned, Mendenall having to play in Baltimore on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 after the idiotic comments he made on Twitter following the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death is going to be punishment enough.  The fact that his notoriety mostly comes from his costly fumble in the Super Bowl and these comments should be enough to give him the gut-check he needs to realize that the fame of being the running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers carries with it a certain responsibility. And, if he’s not going to live up to it, we’ll be happy to cheer for someone who will.  My gut tells me Goodell isn’t going to punish him, but you never know what that crazy bastard is going to do since he’s a Steeler.

As far as Hines Ward and his “alleged” DUI or “disputed” DUI ( I’m not really sure what term to use since he seems pretty confident his lawyers are going to make it all go away) the NFL, to my recollection has only suspended one player for an incident involving driving while intoxicated.  That would be former Browns WR, Donte Stallworth, whose DUI resulted in the death of a man.  Last season, Jets WR Braylon Edwards, was arrested for DUI during the season and for the next game, dressed, and sat out just the first quarter.  The NFL imposed no fine or punishment against him.  As much as DUI’s are reckless and avoidable, they are not considered severe enough to garner punishment on first time offenses.  Hines will be fine.  If he is suspended or fined by Goodell for a first time offense DUI, he will be the very first.

Now James Harrison is a different topic all together.  His article ran the gambit from calling Goodell a “devil” to taking jabs at his own teammates.  Seeing the players together in training camp, and even pictures of Harrison and Roethlisberger holding hands and skipping out of the locker room can reassure fans that the team harbors no resentment to the comments Harrison made about them.  Goodell might be a different story.  I, for one, agree with most, if not all of what Harrison said about Goodell.  I don’t agree with the gay slur, and I’d really appreciate if professional athletes could take those words out of their vocabulary so douchebag homophobic kids don’t think it’s cool to harass and bully other kids for being gay, with that being said Goodell is a tool.  Harrison has every right to still be angry with the man that fined him repeatedly for hits that were completely legal and most of the times not even flagged during the game.  How is it even going to look if Harrison is fined by Goodell for insulting Goodell? At this point the Steelers organization has stated it won’t punish Harrison and Harrison himself has publicly apologized, calling some of his comments towards Goodell “inappropriate”.   It’s going to look like these two men have a problem with one another and only one of them has the power to take it out on the other one.

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  • JennMT

    Big fan!! Looking forward to reading more!! @Kimmy_kimKimM

  • SmarterThanYou

    Agree with everything except your shots at Mendenhall. It’s clear you, like so many others, choose to ignore what it is he actually said and instead insist he said something he didn’t.

  • lynnsreality

    Excellent commentary. Missed reading you during the summer. Can’t wait for your weekly blow by blow. You are always spot on.

  • Kimmy

    I admit I did take some shots at Mendenhall, however, I did read everything he said and I don’t feel like I insisted he said something he didn’t. I think you might have misunderstood what I said, I was stating that he shouldn’t be punished.

  • Kimmy

    @lynnsreality

    Thanks for reading! I’ll be posting on here on Mondays and Thursdays, enjoy!

  • SmarterThanYou

    I see that you stated he shouldn’t be punished, but I still don’t think you understand what Mendenhall was trying to convey in his tweets. You, like many others, let your righteous indignation get in the way of understanding what he meant. He wasn’t showing sympathy for bin Laden, he was talking about mankind as a whole. I understand where he’s coming from. I didn’t celebrate the death of a man when bin Laden was killed. I celebrated the end of his ability to terrorize people. Can you see the difference?

    As for the 911 Conspiracy stuff, I disagree with him, but there are tons of 911 conspiracy theorists out there. I simply dismiss them, as most people do. If that’s his opinion, disagree with it all you want, but don’t you dare challenge his right as an American to express it. Steelers player or not, it doesn’t matter. We are Americans first and foremost, and the Constitution guarantees us the right to express our opinions.@Kimmy

  • Kimmy

    @SmarterThanYou

    It would be pointless to go back and forth about his comments. The point that it sparks the debate here proves my point that they were controversial statements. I propose we leave the politics out of it and move on to good old fashioned football talk.

  • SmarterThanYou

    That’s a cop out. “Controversial” or not, he did nothing illegal or immoral. He did nothing wrong. But jumping on the Mendenhall bashing bandwagon satisfies your need to feel superior so float on…. @Kimmy

  • Kimmy

    Woah…take it down a notch dude. I’m not trying to feel superior at all. I didn’t jump on any bandwagon. Just because I feel the same way a lot of people do doesn’t mean I didn’t make up my own mind about what he said. I’m also willing to let it go, move on on from it and not hold anything against him at all.

  • SmarterThanYou

    The fact that you feel the same way a lot of people do shows that you didn’t take the time to really examine what he tweeted. Because a lot of people simply read & react without putting any thought into it. You can keep justifying your position, but just as you’ve done with Mendenhall, my opinion of you will not change. I can move on too, but I will always know that you are just another person who has an opinion on something they didn’t put much thought into. Peace. @Kimmy

  • Kimmy

    @SmarterThanYou

    That’s where you’re wrong, you are assuming that because I feel a certain way I didn’t put any thought into it. I put a lot of thought into my opinions, even if it’s just to end up agreeing or disagreeing with someone. Maybe I didn’t clearly state that while I disagreed with what Mendehall said, I didn’t think it would be right to turn him into a pariah for it. I’m not condemning him for his comments like you are doing with me. Twitter is a dicey thing for athletes who want to discuss hot topics like that, he’s not the first to realize what you say on there could impact your fans in ways you didn’t intend on. Fans have the right to cheer for him on the football field but not follow him because they don’t care to know his opinions on certain topics. We have that right just as he has the right to his opinions. Not everyone likes their football with a side of politics. I hope you give my blog a chance, it’s not all going to be cheap shots at Mendenhall lol. Either way, Go Steelers :)