NFL shows once again that its six-game suspension policy is meaningless

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faced a torrent of criticism for his decision to suspend Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, he released a statement acknowledging he got it wrong and promising stiffer suspensions in the Deion Sanders Authentic Jersey future. Specifically, Goodell said players would get suspended at least six games in the future.
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Then-Giants kicker Josh Brown was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Brown was suspended one game. After a backlash against the NFL’s decision to suspend Brown one game and reports that he’d had a long pattern of terrorizing his ex-wife, he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. He hasn’t played since.

Then-Packers Brandon McManus Youth Jersey tight end Andrew Quarless was accused of firing a gun in the air during an argument with a woman. After the NFL investigated, Quarless was suspended two games.

Austin Proehl didn’t get such fanfare for going 255th overall to the Bills, but he’s seen his fair share of it over the years. Proehl celebrated a Super Bowl title on the field when his father Ricky was playing for the Rams and he’s been a regular in NFL locker rooms as his father moved from playing wide receiver to coaching them.

The elder Proehl also did his part to get his son drafted. Austin Proehl wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine so his father created my own combine tape and sent it out to everybody and anybody that I knew that would look at it. That group included Bills General Manager Brandon Beane, who was in Carolina when Ricky Proehl was the Panthers wide receivers coach, and that helped get the younger Proehl in the door with a chance to carve out a career like his father did.

He did what he had to do, Austin Proehl said, via Each and every day he came to work and proved that he was one of the best. That’s what I have to do, and that’s on me. He earned the right to be one of the best and I got to do the same.