If you think NFL teams don’t care about the Personal Conduct Policies that Commissioner Goodell has been beating into the heads of team executives the past few years, then you just need to take a good look at players like Aaron Hernandez and LeGarrette Blount.
Hernandez, who was awarded the John Mackey award for best TE in the nation last season, was projected as high as 2nd round in most mock drafts, but eventually fell to the New England Patriots in the 4th round due to him failing numerous drug tests while at Florida. Apparently, Hernandez failed 5-6 drug tests under Coach Meyer, due to a marijuana habit that he said began after his father died from a freak accident during hernia surgery.
Blount, who I am sure the whole world knows why he fell so far, was caught napping throughout the draft process, but I would assume he knew that his actions against Boise State were going to effect his draft status. But to the degree of not even being drafted?
Roger Goodell has been a hard-ass as far as dealing with personal conduct issues in his short time as commissioner. Teams are obviously starting to take notice, and with good reason. Why waste a draft pick, and not to mention millions of dollars, on a guy that may never see the filed. A suspension like Ben Roethlisberger’s is a killer to a team’s chances of making the playoffs – You can be the best football player in the world, but if you can’t get on the field, then you’re worth about as much as a condom at a sausage fest.
It makes you wonder, however, if teams look at marijuana differently than drinking or other types of drugs? Failing a marijuana test is just as bad as failing a cocaine test as far as league rules go, but with weed getting more and more socially acceptable, are teams more lenient as far as weed goes as well?
By the way Hernandez’s draft value fell, I am guessing not. But when was the last time someone got high on weed and beat the s**t out of their girlfriend/wife?
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