Suspension Roulette

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The New York Times, Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Analysis: In League Ruled by Fiat, Response Seen as Flailing, by Ken Belson

“N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s varying responses to disciplinary problems have led critics to call for him to step down.  The decision by N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell to increase Ray Rice’s suspension from two games to an indefinite ban has done little to quell the criticism that has surrounded the league this past week in its heading of domestic violence cases.

Adding to the uproar is the inconsistent approach of various N.F.L. teams to the issue, dealing with their own cases of accusations of domestic violence in ways that can be ad hoc, opportunistic or even cynical.”

Roulette is a gambling game where players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.  To determine the winning number and color, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. (Wikipedia)

The article uses a gambling idiom for varying responses to player discipline in the National Football League (N.F.L.).

 

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