Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension, reduces Le’Veon Bell’s

It will probably be a long time before we see Tom Brady (l) and Roger Goodell (r) smiling with each other again. Goodell upheld Brady's 4 game suspension today.

It will probably be a long time before we see Tom Brady (l) and Roger Goodell (r) smiling with each other again. Goodell upheld Brady’s 4 game suspension today.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

NFL news spread quickly today that Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell had his 3 game suspension for his August 2014 arrest for DUI and marijuana possession reduced to 2 games as part of a settlement between the NFL and NFLPA. Bell accepted responsibility for his mistake and understood the impact it would have on him, as well as his team. Bell said on the first day of Steelers training camp, “Whatever the consequence is, I’ll take it. … You have to take the good with the bad.”

Unlike Brady, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell accepted his punishment and cooperated with the NFL and had his suspension for DUI and marijuana possession reduced.

Unlike Brady, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell accepted his punishment and cooperated with the NFL and had his suspension for DUI and marijuana possession reduced.

On the other hand, Tom Brady’s appeal was denied and his four-game suspension was upheld for his involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal. Part of the reason Brady’s appeal was denied, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, is Brady’s conduct.

Goodell said that Brady “went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the scheme.”

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, new evidence surfaced today that revealed “Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone he had been using since early November 2014, a period that included the AFC title game and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation.”

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference about the NFL investigation into deflated footballs, in Foxborough, Mass. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. The 243-page report released Wednesday, May 6, 2015, said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference about the NFL investigation into deflated footballs, in Foxborough, Mass. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the rules violations. The 243-page report released Wednesday, May 6, 2015, said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

The NFL also went to New York Federal Court and filed a suit to have their decision affirmed by the court in a move to circumvent the possible appeal to federal court by Brady and his legal team.

Meanwhile pundits insist that “Deflategate” in no way tarnishes Brady’s legacy. However, pundits might feel differently if Brady played another sport, like baseball, for instance.

Brady and the Patriots have been penalized more for cheating than any other team since 2000, while also winning more Super Bowls than any other team during the same span. Coincidence? You be the judge.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance professional partnered with HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your free health insurance and life insurance quotes.

NFLPA joins civic groups to highlight men’s health on January 24

A father enjoys quality time with his daughters.

A father enjoys quality time with his daughters.

On January 24, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) will team up with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care navigators, community agencies, and barbershops across the country to provide fathers with key tips, information and strategies that focuses on men’s health, encouraging fathers to “Take Time to be a Healthy Dad Today.”

The January 2015 Fatherhood Buzz: Men’s Health Matters will kick off on Friday, January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA with the NFLPA. The kick-off event will set the stage for the national Fatherhood Buzz on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Barbershops and community partners nationwide, along with the NRFC, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health navigators, will be partnering supporting father’s and families to learn more about health services in their communities.

A father reads with his children.

A father reads with his children.

The focus on men’s health is important because fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact on the development and health of their children. In fact, a number of studies have found that children who have actively engaged fathers are more likely to have good physical and emotional health, to achieve academically, and to avoid drugs, violence, and delinquent behavior.

This is also a significant time to talk about men’s health because of the new opportunities for health insurance coverage made available through the ACA. Millions of men will be eligible to be covered and receive access to preventative and care services that are critical for promoting and maintaining good health.

Two children shower their father with hugs and kisses.

Two children shower their father with hugs and kisses.

Get Involved by contacting Dial-in # (605) 562-0020 http://listserve.icfi.com/content/preview_in_new_window.tml?DocPost=c087fd120ce508d49cb833f6da6d38a2#>
Meeting ID: 623-401-964#

For more information email info@fatherhood.gov<mailto:info@fatherhood.gov> or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411].

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.–OnPointPress.net.