Mixed Messages

Can someone please explain to me how it is fair that a Major League Baseball player can knowingly, and willfully violate the rules of the game, and yet only be suspended 50 games for violating their steroid policy? For those who struggle with math, that is less than one-third of the season.

A.J. Green sells a jersey, and he is forced to sit out a third of his teams games.

Did Green knowingly commit an NCAA violation? That much is still unknown. It seems likely that Green was somewhat aware of the illegality of selling memorabilia, considering the rule itself is in place due to members of this very school doing something similar several years ago.

However, it’s not known if Green really knew whether or not the buyer of his jersey was an agent, and in all truthfulness, it’s not relevant.

The message is still loud and clear,  the NCAA likes to rule with its iron fist, and remind the world who is in control, and who wants to reap all the benefits of these athletes.

Did Green make a mistake? Of course, even he admits as much. But a mistake to the tune of missing a third of his teams games? Get serious.

Green isn’t the only one being punished here. The rest of the Georgia players, the Georgia program, and the Georgia fans are being punished. The television networks that have the Dawgs on TV in the upcoming weeks also will suffer (though probably very mildly, as Green, as talented as he is, probably isn’t THAT big of a draw).

Green should miss one, at max, two games, no more. When a player can knowingly do something such as illegal drugs in baseball and miss less than a third of the season, or an NFL player can commit what many constitute almost to be rape, and still only miss a quarter of his teams games, how in the world does a kid get knocked 4 out of 12 games for simply selling a jersey.

The same jersey, mind you, that the University of Georgia can sell for inordinate amounts. Oh, sorry, it’s just a number 8 jersey, sans the last name, that everyone who sees one knows which player jersey it is a replica of.

So while the school, and the NCAA can reap all sorts of benefits from A.J. Green jerseys being sold, A.J. Green cannot make one dime. And if he tries to make one dime, he loses a third of his season.

Perhaps he should try his hand at getting felony chargers for robbery, or forcing sex upon college girls in Milledgeville, or maybe injecting himself with steroids. The punishment would be less severe.


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