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Henry gets four-game suspension
Posted Aug. 01 at 02:11 AM
Chris Henry, the most talented free agent receiver right now who’s without an NFL team, will have to serve a four-game suspension as part of being arrested in the offseason. Henry was accused of punching a college student and breaking a car windshield with a beer bottle, but the charges were later dropped.
I don’t get this one. Sure, Henry is a thug who has had a lot of troubles in the past, but how does he get four games for charges that didn’t even result in a conviction? After hearing the evidence in early July, only two members of a deadlocked jury that he should be convicted. Four games? But Marshawn Lynch gets nothing after being involved in a hit-and-run incident and stonewalling police for weeks?
To me, this looks like a case of Roger Goodell wanting to use a lesser player to send a message to the rest of the league. But in reality, there’s problem a different, lesser standard of punishment for high-profile players.
Still, Henry does have talent – size and speed – and he is now available for any team to sign. He’ll also be able to practice during his suspension. Despite his troubled past, Henry should have no problem latching on with a team looking to get a boost from its receiving corps from October on.
The Associated Press story on Henry appears here.
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