The National Football Leage (NFL) will no longer allow players to lower their helmets. The NFL is also making home visits to perform drug tests, watching players pee in the cup at their own homes. Additionally, the NFL has been warned against inquiring into the sexual orientation of prospective players.
A rule proposed by the NFL’s competition committee would make it a foul for a ball carrier to smash into a defender with the crown of his helmet in open space.
It would be the first rule in American football history limiting a runner’s contact with a defender, outside of egregious acts such as punching a tackler, or grabbing his facemask while stiff-arming.
Owners vote next Wednesday at the league’s annual meeting in Phoenix on whether to approve this and five other proposed new rules, announced Thursday by the competition committee on a conference call with NFL writers. (continue reading Slam-NFL, hat tip Drudge)
Emmit Smith thinks the NFL has lost it's mind:
“If I’m a running back and I’m running into a linebacker, you’re telling me I have to keep my head up so he can take my chin off?’’ Smith said Thursday in an exclusive interview with Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. “You’ve absolutely lost your mind.’’...
“As a running back, it’s almost impossible (to not lower your head),’’ said the Dallas Cowboys legend. “The first thing you do is get behind your shoulder pads. That means you’re leaning forward and the first part of contact that’s going to take place is your head, regardless.
“I disagree with the rule altogether. It doesn’t make any sense for
that position. It sounds like it’s been made up by people who have never
played the game of football.’’ (continue at CBSLocal)
Do you have a girfriend, do you like girls?
The National Football League has been warned against inquiring into the sexual orientation of prospective players and urged to do more to make sure teams do not ask those questions, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today.
"Employment discrimination is ethically wrong and illegal no matter who the employer is," Schneiderman said.
Three players at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, Le'veon Bell of Michigan State, Nick Kasa of Colorado and Denard Robinson of the University of Michigan, said in interviews that were asked whether they had girlfriends or whether they liked girls.
"They ask you 'Do you have a girlfriend, are you married, do you like girls,'" Kasa told CJ and Kreckman of ESPN Radio in Denver.
The questions appear to have been asked in the wake of the fake girlfriend hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Te'o, however, has said he was not asked those questions in his combine interviews. He denied to Katie Couric on the ABC show "Katie," however, that he was gay. (continue at ABC)
The NFL has apparently been headed this way for some time, headed toward flag football???..
What are your thoughts?