NFL teams need financial protection from idiot superstars. Roger Goodell has to make a move. He needs to get together with the players association president and change the rules.
I propose the following:
Any player who commits, is found to have committed, has overwhelming evidence against him that he committed a crime, pleads guilty or no contest to a crime, shall have his contract revoked immediately and shall reimburse such team he is under contract with, any money that the player was paid after the date in question.
Plaxico Burress was cut this week by the New York Giants. Here's the thing, he's still going to receive part of his salary. He is facing at least 3 years in prison.
Donte Stallworth was charged with DUI Manslaughter this week but he is out on bond, participating in off season work outs, and still getting paid. He is facing a max of 15 years in prison.
The Atlanta Falcons are still trying to recoup 6.5 million that Michael Vick owes them.
What makes playing football any different from a regular blue collar job? Lets make it simple: If you don't play, you don't get paid, especially if you are sitting in an eight by four prison cell.
Stallworth shouldn't even be allowed to participate in team functions. He should be banned from attending. The evidence is out already. He was driving while over the alcohol limit and someone paid the price with their life. Allowing him to continue to get ready for a football season is a slap in the face to a grieving family.
Plaxico was cut, so he is not participating in team functions, but again, the evidence is clear. He has a gun shot wound in his thigh.
Both players are in court to try to lower their sentence, not prove thier innocence. They should be out of a job.
I applaud Commissioner Goodell for his strong disciplinary ways since he took over but now it's time to take it a step further.