. . . the ground hits hard. In the grand recent tradition of elite Niner linebackers making stupid decisions, Aldon Smith is on the run again. Well, he just checked into rehab again after beating and biting a woman a la Mike Tyson. He fled the scene but later checked into rehab, at the behest of his abused fiance’s parents. No one at this point knows which facility, but Smith has avoided jail for now. His suspension however, likely gets another 1/2 season to full season tacked on depending on the outcome here.
How this relates to the 49ers of course is the newly minted out-of-control linebacker Reuben Foster has 2 quick arrests under his belt, a failed drug test, and a confrontation with the medical staff at last year’s combine. Foster seems to be fast-tracking his descendancy from the top, but of course his future lies with him. He likely faces a 6 game suspension, as this seems to be the norm in the NFL’s inexplicable inability to face this issue head-on. See Ezekiel Elliott and his dance through the maze of the NFL’s on-again-off-again-play-don’t-play machinations. Now the NFL is suing the Cowboys to recoup the money spent in court dealing with Elliott.
Going forward the NFL is likely to say, fuck it. We aren’t going to continues our overreach in determining suspensions for players that fuck up. Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, both convicted of domestic abuse, were welcomed back by their teams, or signed by other teams, with little done. Ben Roethlisberger famously bought his way out of conviction for sexual assault, and the league is rife with malcontents and ne’er-do-wells. The league feels it can impose suspensions on players through their code of conduct, but really, the NFL isn’t a judiciary system that CAN impose punishment. The NFLPA is also stink-worthy on this as they were the ones smearing the victim in Elliott’s case.
Then the court battle began with Elliott suing the NFL to vacate his suspension, losing, winning his appeal and not being suspended, to taking the case all the way to the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, who upheld the suspension. Elliott then got an emergency stay and played a couple more games before taking his suspension.
The problem here is it took the NFL over a year to figure this shit out, and after the investigation, they went round and round on appeals, injunctions, and stays to the tune of millions spent in court. $2 million according the the NFL, who wants the Cowboys to pay them back for legal fees.
What do we do? Wait for the chips to fall, or for Reuben to stupid himself out of the league. All Foster has to do is look at Aldon Smith to see how bad it can go.