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NFL punishment of Kenny Britt 'is pending'

Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:56 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Despite the four-month lockout, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt kept plenty busy this offseason. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with football and everything to do with running afoul of the law. Getting arrested a day after a court appearance had to be the lowlight. And for sheer comedy value, nothing beat the "I didn't say those things about the NFL Commissioner -- my Facebook page was hacked!" incident.

Britt was so regularly in trouble that there was speculation that commissioner Roger Goodell would punish him after the lockout ended. There were concerns that Goodell didn't have the authority to punish Britt, who wasn't apart of the NFL at the time (the owners had locked the players out, and the NFLPA had disbanded).

Now that order has been restored, a new collective bargaining agreement signed, and training camps and preseason games underway, the NFL may revisit Britt's offseason misadventures.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Terry McCormick of TitanInsider that potential league discipline regarding Britt “is pending" and that the matter is still on the table.

On Thursday, Britt told McCormick that he has yet to hear from the commissioner but is expecting a call. “I'm waiting for my agent or somebody to text me or call me that I have to come and talk to somebody," Britt said. "That's what I'm waiting for. I think I'll have to (Goodell). I'm waiting if it's pending. My agent was telling me to stand by and wait for some paperwork, but the only paperwork that's come is my Nike contract.”

Good news on the Nike contract, not-so-good news on potential impending punishments.

But as PFT's Mike Florio points out Friday morning, "The idea that the league could impose discipline on players for things happening away from work at a time when they weren’t permitted to go to work falls beyond any bounds of fairness, logic, and common sense."

(Related: Steelers linebacker James Harrison faced a similar fate for comments he made about the commissioner during the lockout, although he wasn't punished.)

We mentioned it several times Thursday in light of the NFL's decision to make Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft: This is what happens when you give one person -- in this case Goodell -- the power to make decisions regarding on- and off-field discipline. He has a history of arbitrarily meting out sanctions, and in that sense, no one should be surprised by anything he might do.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:24 am
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt 'is pending'



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Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:46 pm
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt "is pending"

If nike wants to support this type of football player i don't need to buy nike product.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:24 pm
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt "is pending"

Kenny Britt is an idiot.  It's such a shame so see guys with this much talent get in trouble because they feel they can "afford it".  He doesn't fear a suspension or a fine.  Not much you can do to truly try to change this criminal in an NFL costume.  



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:41 pm
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt "is pending"

Suspend this freaking jerk!  If Goodell doesn't, the team should step up and do it.  I might have to trash my Nike shoes and go get some Reebok....



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:11 am
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt "is pending"

They were under contract. Players not owners decided to stop negotiating, filed an antitrust suit that had owners not locked the players out would have hurt them in defending the suit filed.

Fans have become utterly stupid the last 10 years.

If Britt doesn't like it, he can go play in Canada for 1/8 what the NFL league minimum is.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:57 am
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt "is pending"

Not sure how they can punish guys while they were locked out. Technically they weren't part of the union or the nfl so i don't see how they can have authority over them during that time. anyone who's suspended should take this matter to the courts, I think they'd most likely win, and set a precedent. 
Plus it's Britt's breakout year! 


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