The NFL’s public statement on Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension suggested that Winston could be one violation of the personal-conduct policy away from a lifetime ban.
In addition, a future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL, the league’s statement said.
Of course, the NFL also said after the Ray Rice fiasco that a six-game suspension would be the baseline for domestic violence or sexual assault, and yet Winston got only three games even though the NFL’s own findings concluded that Winston touched an Uber driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent. So the NFL doesn’t always follow through on warnings about the severity of its suspensions. And the league has used that language in other letters to players suspended under the personal conduct policy, including Ezekiel Elliott last year.
Look for more deals like this to be considered in the future, given that the court of public opinion now has far more power over a celebrity’s career than Roger Goodell ever will enjoy.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, Barkley said he plans to invest his football-related revenue and use his endorsement money as his functional financial support.
That’s the goal, Barkley said. Not to touch it.
Barkley already has the best-selling jersey in the NFL and has endorsement deals already set up with Nike, Pepsi and Panini America. He’s managed to buy a house for his parents despite still waiting on the signing bonus from his rookie contract.
Barkley plans to follow the script of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who has reportedly been similarly frugal with his money earned during his career.