I don’t understand why the NFL goes out of its way to make so many rules. The idea of an employer going out of its way to create reasons to discipline it’s employees seems counter productive. The only reason I can think of is the NFL likes to regulate so much, is to create content for its media partners. Roger Goodell must no by no he can’t control the behaviour of men, especially men that are crazy enough to hit people for a living.

During the Sunday night’s game of the week, Ezekiel Elliott jumped into a giant red Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone. It was a great moment, that everyone enjoyed and is even more endearing when hearing the Cowboys running back gleefully laughing about it on the sidelines.

Fun moment, that it turns out helped raise a bunch of money for a charity that does a lot of good work. Reports are saying the stunt saw donations jump 61% in the 12 hours following, compared to the week before. It should be a happy story, but it is a clear violation of the NFL rules and would normally be met with a hefty fine.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Le’Veon Bell both voiced their frustration that Elliot was not fined, when they get fined routinely for their celebratory actions. Just this week, the Giants receiver was fined $18,000 for wearing cleats to honour the late TNT basketball reporter Craig Sager. Beckham announced before the game that he would be auctioning off the cleats and donating the proceeds to the Sager Strong Foundation for cancer research. Which obviously, is a great thing to do.

However, in the case of Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL fined Beckham for one premeditated gesture designed to raise money for charity, but didn’t fine Elliott for one that turned out to raise money for a charity/NFL partner. It’s hard to argue against Beckham’s claim of a double standard in the NFL’s application of its rules.

I’m not crying foul for Beckham, he clearly broke NFL rules and if you break the rules that obviously in front of the world, you can’t be surprised when the authority comes knocking. Especially an authority figure like Roger Goodell that seems to love collecting fines from players. The Cowboys are the golden goose of the NFL these days, single handedly fixing the struggling TV rating from earlier this season. And it makes sense that Goodell would cater to them, just stinks to watch this blatant double standard played out so publicly.

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