Goodell cleaning up NFL

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

The title of best commissioner in professional sports goes to the National Football League's Roger Goodell.

When you think of a stereotypical NFLer, guys like Ricky Williams -- is there a marijuana joke that doesn't involve the former star running back these days? -- Chris Henry, who has had separate arrests for drinking and driving, pulling a pistol on a group of Floridians, giving booze to underage girls, and, of course, carrying around some of Williams' favourite herb.

A handful of players probably own more weapons than the entire Canadian Forces but Goodell is weeding the bad seeds out of his league.

After taking the reins last summer, he promised to crack down on those who tarnish the NFL's already rusty reputation. So far, he's handed eight-game suspensions to Chicago's Tank Johnson -- who recently served two months in jail -- and Henry, and went especially hard on Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones with a yearlong sentence because of multiple charges stemming from drugs to assault. A recent connection to a shooting in a Las Vegas strip club during the NBA's all-star weekend was the final straw.

But Goodell's message of zero tolerance is being heard.

Jones yesterday revoked his appeal of the punishment after two meetings with the commish and, if you believe his statements, seems to be taking his future in the NFL seriously.

With luck, the trickle-down effect of Goodell's policy will reach the college level and help mould stronger characters for the future.


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