The occasions of May 2, 2012, will not be forgotten within the National football league. A 1-two punch of shocking developments - unrelated at first glance but possibly with ligament beneath - outlined the continuing wrestling match within our love-hate relationship with National football league violence.

Commissioner Roger Goodell clearly is worried using the thought of the league at the minimum. He's been in a security campaign for 3 years, because the National football league conceded openly the very first time that concussions might have lasting effects. That is why he smacked Jonathan Vilma having a one-year suspension Wednesday for his role in “Bounty-gate,” despite the fact that there isn’t any evidence the New Orleans Saints‘ program led to injuries.

As we have all observed in the instances of numerous former gamers, Goodell understands that damage may take years to come to light. Wednesday’s suicide of former North Park linebacker Junior Seau reminded us of Dork Duerson, a upon the market Chicago Bears star who required his existence in similar fashion having a gunshot towards the chest in Feb this past year.

We have no idea why Seau shot themself there, but Duerson accomplished it to depart his brain to science. Scientists discovered exactly the same trauma-caused disease - chronic distressing encephalopathy - present in a lot more than 20 deceased gamers. Duerson’s family members have filed among the numerous concussion-related legal cases from the National football league. Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling was a part of another situation before he committed suicide in April.

Three suicides along with a slew of legal cases previously 15 several weeks can’t be overlooked. Yet, that’s what many National football league gamers and fans wish to accomplish. They decry Goodell’s tries to change the overall game through a number of rules and penalties targeted at enhanced safety. They complain the National football league is on the way to becoming flag football or touch football, with everybody in skirts and dresses.

The draft is four days away and Roger Goodell is making the Saints squirm a bit more. He already suspended Sean Payton for that season and required away New Orleans’ second-round draft choice as partial payment for BountyGate. New Orleans exchanged away its first-round pick within the deal to this past year to maneuver up for Mark Ingram, so unless of course the Saints trade up, they will not be been told by until Friday evening within the third round.

Which will provide them with sufficient time to possess dinner sent over in the French Quarter.

Goodell has not informed the Saints of player headgear for that 2012 season. The National football league reported that 22-27 defensive gamers were area of the bounty program during the last 3 years, but hasn't indicated the number of continue to be using the team and just how they'll be punished. Gamers who've since upon the market are from Goodell’s jurisdiction.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, the ex-Jet, could face the roughest discipline from Goodell. It has been stated he offered $10,000 to the teammate knocking Favre Fined from the 2009 NFC Championship Game.