Sunday, August 26, 2007

Is the NFL hypocritical about alcohol?

Saw an interesting item this week. Apparently suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman may be sent to jail for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse policy. But the judge who has to decide his fate is accusing the league of hypocrisy in its punishment of Thurman.

Allegedly, Thurman, who had skipped a drug test and was arrested for drunk driving, had alcohol in his system. But Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge John Burlew pointed out that if the NFL wants to crack down on alcohol abuse, they should stop selling beer sponsorships and selling it at the stadiums. Of course, that means millions of dollars a year in revenue to the league.

What do you think? Is the NFL being hypocritical by having a policy against excessively drinking a substance that they sell and promote? Do they even care about alcohol abuse?

It can make for a thought-provoking discussion.

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