The reputation around the NFL isn’t the best and it isn’t because of any protests. The way that they have dealt with players involved in criminal proceedings has left much to be desired. That continues with Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith.
He was arrested back in August for causing bodily harm to his sister’s boyfriend. The alleged altercation took place on July 4. Smith was charged with assault and battery.
Smith pled not guilty on September 29 and as part of orders from the judge, Smith has had a restraining order placed on him that will not allow him closer than 100 yards to the alleged victim.
If convicted, Smith could be facing seven years in prison. The NFL also told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Smith “remains under review of the personal conduct policy.” It also appears that he will be playing today against the Denver Broncos. His playing time has been limited due to injury early on this season.
The NFL has decided to hand out punishments before legal situations have been resolved. Why isn’t that the case here? If you are going to do that wouldn’t you do that for anyone that has had charges against them? Or wouldn’t you hold off until the law has taken care of the situation?
For a circumstance as serious as this one, why would they divert from their previous standards?