Young, Vick await Goodell's hammer

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 AM ET

When Roger Goodell took over from Paul Tagliabue as commissioner of the National Football League on Sept. 1 of 2006, we wonder if he knew that his main task, at least the one perceived by the public, would be as the Judge Roy Bean of his time.

From Pacman Jones to Tank Johnson to Michael Vick to Donte Stallworth to Ben Roethlisberger, Goodell has been the Hanging Judge as he has ruled with an iron first, handing out suspensions like a parking officer issues tickets at rush hour.

Goodell had hardly warmed the chair as the commish before implementing the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in April of 2007.

Now the league’s Dudley Do-Right will be sifting through the incidents surrounding Tennessee quarterback Vince Young and once again, the ill-fated Vick, with additional suspensions swaying in the wind.

Young may get a slap on the wrist for his videotaped physical encounter inside a Dallas strip club, one that earned him a misdemeanour-assault citation.

Vick, meanwhile, has both feet on the trap door of his career following a shooting incident at his 30th birthday celebration. It left one Quanis Phillips in hospital with gunshot wounds, Phillips being a co-defendant in the revolting dog-fighting case that caused Vick’s 21-month incarceration and 34-game NFL suspension.

Vick may have violated terms of his probation to say nothing of his NFL reinstatement.

On Sunday, Goodell said he intends to speak with Young “sometime in the next few weeks”.

As for Vick, the commish said the NFL is “still gathering the facts.”

Benson busted

Running back Cedric Benson certainly didn’t do himself any favours in his hopes of receiving a contract extension with the Bengals if he’s found to be on the wrong side of the law after being arrested in Austin, Tex., for an alleged May 30th assault in a bar.

Benson, who had a great season in 2009 with Cincinnati, has had past brushes with the law — a DUI while boating and a DUI while driving a car. Now an alleged punch-up.

That’s not the best negotiating play we’ve heard of.

Who's the sap?

Taking verbal shots at the pouting, childish actions of Washington defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is becoming a blood sport.

Now retired NFL great Warren Sapp has entered the fray.

And like all the others, Sapp is not on Albert’s side.

“Let’s stop the B.S., like we like to say,” Sapp said on Sirius NFL Radio.

“I mean, c’mon, son. You sat at the table. The people told you they had a very lovely cheque for you ... Albert Haynesworth, you took the cheque, now show up to the job, son. It’s that simple.

“You take that kind of cheque. I mean, I’ll flip dogs for you. I mean, c’mon, what you want me to do, you want me to return punts? I mean, what? C’mon. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.”

Please stop it, we’re all getting tired.

Did he or didn't he?

Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe continues to set the world record in back-peddling.

Bowe caused a major stink in Kansas City in particular and the NFL in general when he was quoted in ESPN the Magazine stating that members of the Chiefs flew in women to stay with them in hotels for road games.

“Some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room,” was one of the more infamous quotes.

Wives, fiancees and teammates were not amused.

Since the article appeared, Bowe has been chanting he was misquoted at every drop of a hat.

In a recent radio interview in Atlanta, Bowe was asked once again if his teammates were upset?

“No, because now they are finding out that it definitely wasn’t me,” Bowe said. “But I took that like a man. People that really know the Dwayne Bowe that clowns, but on a serious note won’t let anything out of the locker room that is not supposed to be out.”

ESPN the Magazine stands by its story and says it has the taped interview to prove it.

They just won’t release it.

Bowe, meanwhile, keeps perfecting his backstroke.

Too legit to quit

What’s with this?

Reports are out that Daunte Culpepper, who hasn’t been able to catch on with an NFL team since being released by the woeful Detroit Lions, has signed on with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. There he’ll be playing for his old coach Dennis Green.

Culpepper obviously believes it’s a springboard back to the NFL.

But at age 33, it’s more a sad end to a once dominating career.

Say it ain’t so.


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