Why is it that punishments for crimes committed by celebrities should be treated any differently than if they were committed by a color-collared citizen? Lord knows there isn’t a lay-person alive that could spin an overdose/suicide attempt into an accident, all in the span of less than twenty-four hours. But such an achievement was nothing for Dallas Cowboy’s wide receiver Terrell Owens. Ricky Manning Jr, a defensive back for the Chicago Bears, and some friends of his, beat a Denny’s restaurant patron unconscious. The poor man had has headphones on, minding his own business, working silently at his laptop. Manning Jr. and friends approached him and stirred the trouble without being provoked. Through the course of his action, Manning Jr. violated his probation for a similar incident. His punishment for this recent crime has amounted to a mere 100 hours of community service and three years probation. He hasn’t received punishment from the NFL as of yet. The NFL is expected to discipline Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth for his on-field attack that occurred Sunday. What sort of punishment does he deserve for spiking a fallen Cowboy in the face? The fact that he inflicted lacerations on the Cowboys center’s face probably won’t factor into the magnitude of the punishment either. And given the NFL’s track record of disciplinary action, people shouldn’t expect any more than a fine that equates to a slap on the wrist. It’s too bad Haynesworth doesn’t have Kim Etheredge as a publicist too, for she’d probably be able to spin this incident into a muscle spasm, which in turn, created an involuntary accident. What’s worse is if such an excuse came to light, the NFL would be dumb enough to buy it.

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