The NFL has come under scrutiny in the last year or so for a number of different reasons.
It is safe to say that trying to police a bunch of athletes prone to violence is not easy, but commissioner Roger Goodell and co could have certainly done better in the last 12 months regarding some of the decisions they have made.
Goodell has openly admitted he made mistakes during the Ray Rice domestic violence saga, and the NFL has not shone a great light on itself in the Adrian Peterson child abuse saga.
The NFL's verdict
Furthermore, the NFL has made another decision today that will leave the league open to scrutiny over claims of hypocrisy. Greg Hardy was banned for 10 games for violating the NFL's conduct policy last week despite having not been charged with any crime.
This week, Ray McDonald has been cleared by the NFL in relation to his domestic violence case, with his problems off the field sounding eerily similar to that of Hardy's.
McDonald and Hardy the same?
"Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy were both accused of domestic violence last year," ProFootballTalk reported on Monday.
"Both got the same results from the legal system, ultimately having their charges dropped. But the NFL’s brand of justice has been radically different.
"Hardy was banished with pay by the Panthers for 15 games last season and has now been suspended an additional 10 games without pay this season.
"But McDonald was allowed to play for the 49ers amid the domestic violence accusation last year and will not be suspended at all this year."
Sounds like the NFL could be guilty of hypocrisy on this one, but let us first read what the league has to officially say on the matter.
“We have completed that [domestic-violence] investigation,” NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told the Associated Press Sports Editors.
‘‘[Special counsel for investigations] Lisa [Friel] and her team completed that investigation [and] did not establish a violation of the personal-conduct policy. We informed the player and the [NFL] Players Association.’’
McDonald may have managed to escape punishment under the personal conduct policy for his domestic violence case, but the former 49ers player could still yet face punishment.
Chicago Bears certainly did their homework on whether or not the defensive star would be punished for his alleged crimes, but the team and McDonald have one more hurdle in place before he can ultimately play in week one.
The defensive tackle is currently under investigation in connection with a sexual assault, and the league could yet suspend McDonald under the personal conduct policy when that investigation is over.
So what do you think NFL fans? Is the NFL guilty of hypocrisy regarding their verdict on McDonald and Hardy? Let us know below.
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