NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued the Tennessee Titan’s Albert Haynesworth a five-game suspension without pay for his act in a recent Sunday contest.  Although it is the most severe penalty ever issued for an on-field atrocity, it still won’t deter future incidents from occurring.  Haynesworth will only lose roughly $190,000 and he’ll miss less than half the season.  Haynesworth’s teammate, Robaire Smith, claims fans have no idea what goes on in football games.  He said, “Every game you play in this league is dirty.  Just so happened [Haynesworth] got caught.  He didn’t do anything any dirtier than what’s been going on for years.” 

Oh, in that case it’s ok then, right?  And what about the children growing up learning to play this sport?  Should they too aspire to mirror these unsportsman like actions?  After all, they’re doing exactly what their heroes are doing.  The NFL authorities need to start setting more substantial examples, for actions of professional athletes have an impact on this nation’s youth, among others.  A five game suspension sends the wrong message to everyone.  Essentially it says actions such as these aren’t good, nor are they that bad.  Fans certainly understand that actions such as these aren’t uncommon in this game, but they shouldn’t be.  In fact those actions shouldn’t be a part of any game.  By issuing a season-ending suspension would have illustrated such a point in a much more absolute manner. 

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