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NFL Gives the Go-ahead to Headhunters

At first I thought it was a joke. But it must be true, in which case the NFL commissioner just played a cruel joke on all NFL players.

Danny Trevathan appealed his two-game suspension for his hit on the Packers’ Davante Adams, and the NFL promptly reduced it to a single game. Trevathan argued that he was already in motion and he couldn’t stop himself – though replays show that’s a lie. Oh, and he regrets it.

To Joseph Bonham’s critique, I would add that the play happened right in the middle of the field, with the ball in Adams’ hands, so every field official had to see what transpired. Besides, the internet is full of replays of the hit, so now all NFL fans know that the league isn’t serious about enforcing, discouraging, or preventing serious head injuries to its players.

Earlier, I proposed that these referees be suspended for a number of games – and a bunch of further steps.

I also urged that all NFL referees undergo a remedial training program involving film study of past hits that have caused serious injuries, that doctors should lecture refs on the ramifications of such injuries, that they be made to listen to the stories of former NFL victims of hits to the head, and that they visit care centers that house patients who are paralyzed or brain-damaged patients.

I now see that my ideas were short-sighted. The guy who needs this training and education, more than anyone else, is Roger Stokoe Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL. He’s the one person who could quickly do something to remove this danger from the sport. When the next NFL player is disabled due to a helmet-to-helmet hit, he’s also the one person who all sports fans should hold personally accountable.

I think “Stokoe” is Swahili for asshat.

Rob Born

Smart drafters don’t select the best available players, they fill a team’s positions of greatest need.



  1. Cheese October 4, 2017

    The NFL doesn’t care about players, it cares about lawsuits and money.

    1. PF4L October 4, 2017

      Ironically, nor do the players or the NFLPA. If i was Davante Adams, i’d tell the NFLPA to go fuck themselves. They hardly worked in the best interest of Adams, or other future players who are going to be victims of these cheap shots.

      When will it change? When a player is in a wheel chair for the rest of his life, or worse yet, dies.

      Rob has it nailed, these refs were all over that play. They didn’t throw a flag until they realized how serious it was when the medical staff came out, after players from both sides waved them on the field. Then finally, the flag comes.

      Finally, whats with McCarthy on this issue? Didn’t he get all bent out of shape when Rollins or whoever got jacked up? McCarthy was asked about the suspension reduction, and he said he was fine with it.

      1. Kato October 5, 2017

        I think a player dying on the field is in the very near future

  2. Gort October 4, 2017

    We need a “no confidence” vote and get new leadership in the league.

    They claim to be concerned about player safety, especially with regards to concussions, but condone the type of hits that cause those injuries.

    They claim to be concerned about conduct off the field, but their punishments are not consistent.

    They have done very little recently to “protect the shield” and are losing fans and advertisers. Plus the Trevathan hit does nothing to diminish the upcoming concussion lawsuits.

    The almighty dollar drives everything and the NFL seems to be losing lots of them.