Who gives a shit.
Who gives a shit.
I guess time will tell. Hopefully Suggs can get himself right before long.
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Honestly, I care more about Suggs desire to play this season than I do what he was doing when he got hurt. I'll be beyond blown if he misses half of this season, still comes back to soon, injures it worse and puts next season in jeopardy. I really hope the Ravens shut him down and leave him there.
Mike B put the finger on it. An athlete playing sports in the off-season should hardly be considered a dangerous activity. Now other shit like motorcycle w/o helmet etc should be considered out of bounds (no pun) IMO. I was surprised by the ESPN article only because of the timing. I never thought the Ravens would go after Sizzle for $, they simply don't roll like that.
The Ravens are a class act.....always have been. Nothing to see here folks.
Prohibiting a player from playing basketball in the off season makes as much sense as prohibiting a player from using the stairs in the middle of the night.
This is a non-story. A first class organization with a first class state of the art training facility that includes a basketball court won't withold any money from Suggs regardless of this latest revelation.
I agree that this is a non-story. Accidents happen. At least he was doing something active and he wasn't crashing a motorcycle in a parking lot being a dumbass on it or something.
All the Ravens care about is getting him healthy and trying to get him out on the field this year.
Couldn't care less. And I understand if he tried to keep it quiet, since the media and some ppl would (and are) being stupid about it. It's not like he was doing something crazy like basejumping or cave diving.
I'm of the firm belief that players should be sealed in carbonite at season's end and held under Jabba's palace until the start of training camp.
Isn't playing basketball prohibited in the CBA? If so, why have it in there if you are not going to enforce that ban?
I'd rather him risk injury playing basketball, then come to camp out of shape like a few years ago when it took him most of the season to get into shape.
Basketball, IMO, is great cardio exercise that is interesting and FUN, so it encourages longer, harder workouts then a stationary bike and the like. True it is higher impact with some risk of injury, but who cares. We are talking abotu world class athletes who presumably have good balance, stretchign habits and some talent and ability to play general sports.
bad luck, that's it.
I still say that unless the CBA prohibits it they should take away what salary then can, and have Stevie B pay him to "headhunt' for him in the interim, half a mil a week or whatever he would have been paid... I'm sure hte CBA does prohibit it, so just leavve him alone and let him rehab.
PFT and ESPN are trying to drum up a story. That's all it is. Injuries can happen doing anything. It was just bad luck for Suggs and the Ravens. I know everyone remembers Welker and Andre Johnson blowing out their ACL's without being touched.
There are references to "non-football related injuries" concerning compensation (page 128) and injury grievances (page 193), but I did not see the word basketball specifically mentioned at all. There is the ability of the club to place a player who has a non-football related injury on a non-football injury list, and then the player is not paid, although the years on the contract continue to accrue. So in that case basketball isn't prohibited, but a player can lose salary from an injury gotten while playing basketball (non-football related). I think that's where the Ravens are choosing (wisely) not to go.
Maybe it's in another section but I doubt it. I only skimmed it, however.
I agree that playing basketball in and of itself isn't a problematic sort of thing for a professional football player, since injuries can happen at any time while engaged in any activity (although it's inarguable that playing basketball is riskier than walking down the street or sitting on the couch.)
But the business aspect of this discussion is more complicated than that. It's not just about what Suggs was doing, it's that he was doing it while not in any way under the control and supervision of the Ravens organization. He was engaging in an activity that 1) risked damaging his ability to carry out his contractual obligations, 2) wasn't sanctioned or supervised by the team, and 3) wasn't incidental to the activities of everyday life (i.e. he wasn't walking down the street or bending over to pick up a book at the library.)
He could have torn his Achilles while engaging in a Ravens-sanctioned charity sporting event, or while playing basketball on the Ravens' basketball court in their own facility, or while doing squats in the Ravens' gym at the facility while under the supervision of their trainers, but those situations would be VERY different because in those hypothetical situations Suggs would be subject to the control and supervision of the Ravens' organization and presumably had their approval to do those things.
So I think it is a little bit hairy here and not quite as much of a non-story as people are making it. Some say Ben's motorcycle accident was clearly unacceptable while this is clearly acceptable, but where do you draw that line? The only way for players IMO to really completely clear themselves against any liability here is at a minimum to make sure they have team approval before engaging in any kind of extracurricular athletics or anything of that nature. Maybe it sounds excessive, but at least it's consistent.
The fact that Suggs continues to apparently lie about it also concerns me, to be honest. If it's not a big deal, why lie about it?
I didn't realize Suggs has talked about how it happened since the couple of days after it happened. I guess I must have missed later denials by him.