This one came totally out of left field. Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Pennel has sued the NFL and the player’s association.
Pennel filed the suit in federal court in Akron, Ohio, according to cleveland.com.
Why, pray tell, has Pennel decided to sue the league and his own union? You probably already know the answer.
It appears Pennel is looking at another suspension. He was already suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He reportedly received a letter from the league on November 8 saying he faced further discipline. For what is not yet clear, although there’s good indication it’s again a substance abuse issue.
Pennel has appealed and his appeal is scheduled to be heard on December 6.
The lawsuit specifically addresses the substance abuse policy, hence the assumption that this is again the issue. Pennel contends that his appeal should be heard by three to five neutral arbitrators. The league is allegedly making only two available.
Pennel has asked that disciplinary action be put on hold until a third arbitrator is appointed.
That appears to be nothing more than a stall tactic. Pennel could be looking at a 10-game ban for being a repeat offender in the substance abuse program.
If he is indeed in that position, you have to wonder what purpose the Packers have in keeping him around. He obviously has an issue that’s going to keep him off the field on a regular basis.
You can’t fix stupid.
This team is so fucked.
25 years old, making a living in the NFL, life by the balls.
What does this brain trust do? Gets suspended twice before his first big contract.
To make matters worse, he decides it’s a good idea to sue the NFL and the NFLPA in federal court, burning both sides of the candle.
If he’s trying to squeeze himself out of the NFL, i think he’s doing a nice job.
Look for Pennel to be cleaning the floors at some Wendy’s at closing time soon.
If it’s for smoking weed it’s ridiculous anyway.
Why is that?
Well it’s 2016 for one, not the reefer madness era. Most estimates of marijuana usage by NFL players is 50% to 70%. Many of them are using it for pain management and some believe it helps with head trauma. There’s tons of articles available. Here’s one:
I especially like this quote: “If you tested the players during the season every week,” one assistant coach said, “we wouldn’t be able to field a league. We’d have to merge with the CFL.”
Here lies the problem.
You can have 100 million articles on the pro side of weed. 900 million of them. they are meaningless
When you sign a NFL contract, you are agreeing to the stipulations and rules that the NFL and it’s players Union have agreed upon. Your future paychecks are contingent upon you following them. After you sign it, following them isn’t under optional.
With that said, there is a once a year 30 day window that players are tested. The smart ones lay off the weed then. IF…..you are stupid enough to keep smoking it, knowing a test is coming, then that player should have to wear a t-shirt for the 4 weeks he’s suspended that says I’M A DUMB FUCK.
Now, if after you get a 4 game suspension, and let your team down. then you proceed to say fuck it, and keep smoking weed, knowing that now you can be tested more often. Then get tested positive again and face a 10 game suspension, and…..let your team down again.
A player doesn’t care enough about his career, that he cant stay off the weed for awhile, that player is rating his weed, above the team. Then to do it twice. No team should even want him.
Lets say he continued playing, meaning some team signed him after this. Pennel enjoying his weed, will cost him more than a 1/2 million dollars. That’s some expensive weed.
Being stupid isn’t a crime, hopefully his family loves him. It’s called DOPE for a reason.
Wait. Wait. Aren’t you the same guy that defended PED usage by Packer players saying that you would, too, for an NFL career and that everyone was doing it?
Hey, it’s our little obsessive purple troll viking fan!!!
If Everson Griffen can take PED’S, why can’t everyone? Or is he just special?
Now tell us more about how great Sam Bradford and the vikings have been in the last 5 of 6 games. And since your here, tell us how the great viking defense is going to beat a rookie QB.
I mean, I think it’s kind of silly, the mindset against marijuana in this country, but at the same time rules are rules. I get randomly drug tester at my job, if I test positive, I lose my job. And I make a hell of a lot less money than he does. Why these guys don’t suck it up and earn that cash for like 6-10 years, then smoke all they want for the rest of their lives is beyond me
I thought it was stupid when others thought Lyerla should be a Packer. My reason against it was Lyerla quit on his college team over drugs. Pennel has come close to doing the same as Lyerla. Granted Lyerla used stronger drugs as far as we know, however they both put drugs over their teammates.
Another member of the Packer PED crew caught yet again. (Yes, I am assuming it is PEDs due to past usage)
A few points to make here:
1. Is any team even close to the Packers in # of players caught using PEDs or implicated by a PED dealer?
(the correct answer is “No”)
2. It is incredibly hard to catch PED use under the NFL testing policy. You have to be a severe user, incredibly unlucky, and/or very stupid in your usage timing. That is known. That means what is caught is just the tip of the iceberg. Or, really, the tip of the tip of the iceberg. Ergo, many other Packers are or were taking PEDs.
3. Could the drop off in play this year be partly attributed to a decrease in Packer PED usage due to NFL attention on the team?
11/30/2016 at 11:36 am
Another member of the Packer PED crew caught yet again. even though no one was caught before. (Yes, I am assuming it is PED usage because as a little purple troll, it fits my narrative.) I don’t let truth and fact’s get in the way of my assumptions. Just like when my Vikings were 5-0 going to the Super Bowl.
I don’t like talking about my Vikings anymore. I have more fun coming in here making things up about the Packers, and besides, the owner of this site just lets me keep doing it. He might actually be a Viking fan, i’m not sure.
So you jumped on the Viking bandwagon after all? Good for you, Piffle!
This IS a great anti-Packer web site but you should not make stuff up. It is morally wrong and, besides, there is no need because of the real events and bizarre characters surrounding the Packer organization. It is funny because I see some of the posters actually think this is a web site for supporting the Packers. What-what?!?
Why wouldn’t anyone bandwagon a team that’s lost 5 of their last 6?
OOPS….Gonna accuse me of living in the past again?…lmao
Look, i’m sure the vikings are on the verge of Super Bowls.
But just so we don’t forget. Can you write another novel listing all the reasons why the Vikings are heading for greatness, and how much better Bradford is over Rodgers. It’s VERY entertaining for all us.
PLEASE…….Bless us with your wisdom.
For those of you waiting in anticipation of killers response.
Please allow him ample time to think of ways to avoid the subject of the vikings as he no longer seems to enjoy singing the praises of his once undefeated football team. Nor have we heard him talking Sam Bradford up over Rodgers anymore.
As killer is learning the hard way…Reality can be a real motherfucker.