The Green Bay Packers will be thin on the defensive line to start the 2015 season. Defensive end Letroy Guion, a starter when he’s available, had his three-game NFL suspension upheld.
Guion had appealed the suspension, which was handed down as a result of his offseason drug arrest. He’ll join defensive end Datone Jones on the sidelines to start the season.
Jones was suspended one game for a marijuana citation.
Although Guion was pulled over with a giant bag of weed, a gun and nearly $200,000 in cash back in February, he accepted a plea deal where he paid a fine and had the felony charges against him dismissed.
That doesn’t matter to the NFL, though. They have their own system of justice.
Ginger Hammer Justice!
Commissioner Roger Goodell is judge, jury and executioner. Rarely do players have suspensions reduced on appeal.
That said, we figured there was a chance for Letroy.
The league reduced two player suspensions already this year. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had his DUI suspension reduced from three games to two. Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy had his woman beating suspension reduced from 10 games to four.
The league also offered to reduce Tom Brady’s deflated balls suspension from four games to two if he promised not to sue them.
So how do these suspensions get reduced?
You probably have a better chance if you bow before the Ginger Hammer when you enter the league offices and then fellate him while he’s listening to your appeal.
Otherwise, goooooooood luck!
That’s tough. Guion turned into a hell of a nose tackle for us last season.
I think it was the trifecta of cash, weed and a firearm. That’s pretty flamboyant. A game for each. If one was absent maybe you would see a reduction.
Say what you want to about the NFL being strict. But I think it differentiates us (being the NFL world) from the rest of big time professional sports. Seems from soccer to baseball the athletes run their respective leagues (to their detriment).
I’d rather we were strict and upscale. I mean do you want to be the fucking NBA?