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

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Now with this kind of discussion always brings those people who will say, “If I did this at my job, I’d be fired.”  Yeah, you probably would.  But you don’t play in the NFL, and no matter how you try to compare it to your job, it doesn’t compare.  It’s not the same as a regular job in any way, shape, or form, so stop trying to compare it.  No one is buying your Monday work shirt, or tracking your productivity stats for their fantasy league.  Yes, they can be arrested and still keep their job, yes they can be caught doing the dumbest things you can think of and still keep their jobs, but here’s another difference, they last about 4-6 years at their jobs and then they’re done.  Just as people who didn’t fully understand the lockout from the players perspective because they kept trying to compare it to their own jobs, won’t fully understand the personal conduct policy.

We will know by the end of the week, once a new CBA is fully ratified and official, whether or not Goodell plans to punish any of these players or the others who did a little more than spend extra time with family during the lockout.  Hopefully, Goodell will realize that he can’t hold players to rules for a league he had no intention on having a season for before him and the owners realized they weren’t getting the big TV contract payday and the lockout threatened their pockets.  It might not seem like the right thing to do to give them all a “free pass” and call it a wash for the new season, but it really is.  But being “evil” and all, who knows what he’s going to do.  Until then it’s just nice to know the Steelers are in the dorms at St. Vincent College and they are as happy to be there as we are to have them there.

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Topics: Hines Ward, James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall, Roger Goodell, Steelers

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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 :)