Yeah baby, my jersey has been cleaned and is ready to go!!!
An old Story::::: Read the Leagues response at the end.
A judge Monday approved a deal allowing Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to avoid murder charges and jail time by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and testifying against two co-defendants.
Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and Superior Court Judge Alice D. Bonner sentenced Lewis to 12 months' probation, the maximum sentence for a first-time offender. Under the terms of the sentence, Lewis can not use drugs or alcohol during the duration of the probation.
The following is a statement from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue:
"Today's developments will help put this tragic incident behind us. Ray Lewis has been entirely cleared of the charge that he was responsible
for the loss of life that occurred in Atlanta in late January.
"There are many lessons to be learned as we review this case. If anyone in the NFL needed a reminder that high-profile professional athletes need to be extraordinarily careful in their associations and activities, Ray Lewis' experience provides that reminder.
"We will continue to work as hard as we can to ensure that our players do not become involved in these types of situations."
I have a question...the latest statement from Ben's people says that he will accept punishment if its not "too harsh." What does that mean? He can not accept punishment?
awesome article !
So...would the players union "override" the Commissioner's decision? That doesn't make sense...even if he decides to "look at it again" wouldn't he only be convening with himself? This whole punishement situation seems to be solely at the discretion of one man. It seems to me that if Ben does not believe the punishment is fair based upon his interpretation of the personal conduct policy than he should go into a court of law or better into mediation and make his case. Appealing to the person who made a unilateral decision doesn't make any sense at all. I think this is a flaw in the NFL appellate system.
Of course if he goes into court and loses that would really be bad!
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