Ben Rothlisberger will meet with the commish today to discuss his 6-game suspension. He is expected to ask Goodell to reduce the suspension to 3 games, and a member of the Rooney family will be in attendance to try and plea the case.
Goodell had originally said he might reduce it to *4* games if Ben was a good citizen. I'll be curious to see how the often heavy handed Goodell responds to this one. Rothlisberger has been implicated several times in assaults on women, and I believe that the suspension should stand as-is no matter what. But Ben's a star, and as such, he'll get preferential treatment - I have no doubt.
Now, there's another guy we should talk about here. He's the Seahawks linebacker LeRoy Hill. He physically attacked his girlfriend in the spring, was arrested, and was told to stay away from the off-season conditioning programs. Goodell said he'd review the case and decide later.
But then he was arrested on another charge - marijuana possession - and was suspended for the season opener.
Months have passed, and Hill was allowed to attend training camp. And now he's injured and will miss several weeks.
Still no word from Goodell. The investigation has dragged on because police can't find the woman to get her to testify; and he recently decided to take a diversion program that will avoid jail.
So....Ben was never charged with a crime, but was convicted in the court of public opinion and IMMEDIATELY got a 6 game suspension, which will likely be reduced. Meanwhile Hill was arrested and charged, and admitted guilt with the diversion program and still has no consequence with the NFL for a more heinous crime. But he gets suspended for 1 game for his misdemeanor.
Does Goodell's system make ANY sense at all?