When everyone can see the result of an appeal coming, there is a very strong chance something is wrong.
So now that Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis’ two game suspension for his hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams has been reduced to one game (in a move everyone saw coming), legitimate questions need to be asked regarding the NFL’s disciplinary structure.
For example why was Davis, a repeat offender, given a two-game and then a one-game ban upon appeal? He was fined $48,620 dollars for a hit on a Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver earlier this season. A second offense in a single season is surely deserving of a longer suspension.
Adams is doing well according to coach Mike McCarthy. Still, with two concussions this season and three in the last 14 month one can’t help but wonder what the future holds for Adams. He’s a free agent after this season and Davis’ hit likely will make an impact. Will the Packers be more cautious in bringing him back? Will teams shell out more money for a player thrice concussed in the span of just over a year?
That hit could cost Adams millions of dollars, not to mention the potential effect on his long term health. That’s why the decision to make the suspension only one game is a cowardly decision.
More on the reaction to Davis’ suspension in today’s cheese curds.
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