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Goodell ruled correctly on Saints, but he can't be only judge

•, By Gregg Doyel
 Sean Payton and the Saints got what was coming to them. Understand that before reading another word. A year suspension for the head coach, eight games for general manager Mickey Loomis, six for assistant head coach Joe Vitt? Draft picks, fines? Bravo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The end result was perfect.
But the means were brutal.
Justice, Goodell-style, is an ugly thing. It's so ugly, I'm embarrassed for Goodell that he can't see how bad it looks. As the man entrusted to protect the NFL from the monsters within, Goodell had the moral high ground on this Saints scandal -- but his methods, as always, were a moral mudslide.
It's as simple as this: In the case of the NFL vs. the New Orleans Saints, Roger Goodell was the prosecutor. Roger Goodell was the judge. Roger Goodell was the jury.
But every time? All those players, fined or suspended. All of them being prosecuted and then judged by the same man. Have they gotten what they deserved?

Every. Single. Time?

No way. Can't happen. No legal system delivers perfect results, but Goodell's one-sided system doesn't even try. Goodell's version of jurisprudence is -- and I'm not being metaphorical here, but literal -- anti-American.


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