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LKelley67 10-03-2006 08:20 AM

Haynesworth Incident
 
PFT isn't gospel but they do cut out a lot of the BS found in mainstream media sites. They have two issues they are forwarding.
One, is get the thugs out of the NFL. It is a wonderful sport and league. The seemingly rapid increase of criminal activity by players though is a serious threat to the integrity of the sport. The Bengals have a whole crew to deal with. Why should these pampered rich athletes be able to avoid the normal repercussions of transgressions that any of us would be behind bars for or lose our jobs over? If anything, it should be a higher standard. We could have supported the XFL if we wanted only a show of characters.

Two, you can review the archives there but he (a lawyer) is for prosecuting Haynesworth. Here's the text from today if you want to respond-

Even though the wind currently is blowing away from a prosecution of Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, we're reiterating our call to all readers to make their voices heard.

Why? Because it's working.

Consider this quote from Sam Farmer in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times: "Beginning in the early-morning hours Monday — and coinciding with the website profootballtalk.com posting the phone number — the district attorney general's office in Nashville began receiving phone messages from NFL fans around the country demanding that legal action be taken against Haynesworth."

Though a representative of the district attorney's office says that call volume won't influence the final decision, the reality is that the district attorney is an elected official who serves at the will and pleasure of the people (voters). If enough people (voters) make their wishes known, the law is more likely to be enforced.

It's not as if there's a risk that the resources will be wasted on an acquittal. As a prosecutor who reads this site told us on Monday in response to the news that charges are unlikely because the victim, Cowboys center Andre Gurode, doesn't want to pursue the matter: "Who cares if the victim doesn't want to prosecute? It was a felony assault committed in broad daylight. Caught on tape. When we have felony assaults committed, the only question is how good the witnesses are. If it is a 'he said, she said' case, it might make prosecution difficult, and that will go into the case evaluation. That isn't the case here. Heck, you don't even have to call Gurode as a witness, just roll the tape. Had this occurred anywhere other than during a pro football game, there would have been a prosecution, willing witness or not."

And why aren't the authorities taking into consideration the fact that Gurode's decision not to press charges might have been influenced by the unspoken "we take care of our own house" culture that permeates many organizations? The image-obsessed NFL surely doesn't want another one of its players to be prosecuted; after Rae Carruth, Ray Lewis, and Mark Chmura were all tried all within the course of a year, there has been no high-profile criminal trial of an NFL player in the past five-plus years.

Also, let's not overlook the fact that ignoring this matter will make it harder to properly punish Haynesworth if he ever commits another violent act, possibly against someone other than a fellow football player. Even if he's only put on probation for a couple of years as a result of a quick and simple plea deal, he'll think twice (in theory) before kicking in the crotch someone who cuts in front of him at the Kwik-E-Mart.

So, please, keep up the pressure. Here's the contact information:


Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III
District Attorney General

Washington Square, Suite 500
222 2nd Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201-1649
Phone (615) 862-5500
Fax (615) 862-5599

We urge our friends in Tennessee (and specifically in Nashville) to make the call, and demand that justice be done. Not just for Gurode, but for anyone else who has to share the same roads, sidewalks, aisles, and rooms with Haynesworth.


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