League should allow Thomas Davis to attend games during suspension
The league denied the Carolina Panthers linebacker…
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had plans, and the league had something to say about them. Wednesday, it was reported by Joe Person of the Athletic that the National Football League is not allowing Davis to attend the games he is suspended in.
"Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis planned to watch the Panthers’ first three home games from his recently acquired season tickets, to be used while he serves a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. But an NFL official told Davis he couldn’t be at Bank of America Stadium during his suspension, even in the stands."
People have called the National Football League the “No Fun League.” I think this is a case where the infamous moniker can be used. What is the harm in letting Davis attend the games? It is not like he is going to jump out of the stands and play in the game. If anything, he just wants to attend the game and watch his teammates.
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I do not blame him either. If I was suspended for four games, I would want to at least watch my teammates to see how they do. That is part of what being a good teammate is all about. What competitive edge is Davis going to give to the Carolina Panthers by being in the stands? More importantly, what harm would he be doing in being there? My guess is that he would be harmless, sitting in the stands.
Especially being a veteran, you would think they would give Davis a bit of leeway. Should he be suspended for using PEDS? Yes, he should. Although he is one of my favorite Carolina Panthers, he broke the rules. In comparison to what some of the other players in the league have gotten away with though, to punish him this severely seems trivial.
To me, this seems like in this case, the National Football League is trying to use their power in an unnecessary way. They have done a lot of good trying to make the game safer and trying to improve the quality of the game. This particular ruling by the league seems unnecessary and petty. They should let Davis attend the games with his tickets. If he were a fan, this would not be a problem, and for all practical purposes, he is one. After all, he can’t play in the games.
The league itself has more important things to worry about and this should not have been one of them.