According to a recent report from NBC sports, turns out there may not be as much honor behind the NFL shield as we believe.
This after a reporter reviewing the PED policy in connection with the Julian Edelman suspension noticed a provision that basically rewards snitching:
“The NFL Management Council may, prior to the conclusion of a Player’s appeal, reduce the length of the suspension and corresponding bonus forfeiture by up to 50% when the Player has provided full and complete assistance (including hearing testimony if required) to the Management Council which results in the finding of an additional violation of the Policy by another Player, coach, trainer or other person subject to this Policy,” the policy states.
So, basically, a player who faces a four-game suspension can potentially cut his suspension in half if he rats on a teammate, a coach, a trainer, etc. It’s unlikely that any player has ever done that, and it’s hard to imagine that any player ever would.
But there it is—in black and white—a clear inducement to give up others in order to get less of a penalty.
Seems like the players aren’t biting on this one.
If they did, something tells me they may suffer a serious knee injury in that first game back form a shortened suspension.
Source: NBC Sports