Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster sent home from NFL combine

Former Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster, viewed by most experts to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, was sent home from the combine.

From ESPN:

Foster had been waiting for an extended period for what the NFL calls his “pre-exam”, when he grew increasingly impatient and began questioning a hospital worker.

The hospital worker did not take kindly to Foster’s words and eventually the two were face to face, in a heated exchange.

The hospital worker did not take kindly to Foster’s words? Whatever said hospital worker’s duties are, I’m fairly confident they don’t include getting face to face with a patient.

I don’t know why players, especially those who are highly rated, even go to the NFL combine. Reuben Foster played four years at Alabama. He was a unanimous All-American last year and was awarded the Butkus Award as the top college linebacker in the country. No team in the NFL, even the ones run by incompetent morons, need to see Reuben Foster at the combine to learn any more information about him that they don’t already have.

If your team needs an inside linebacker and you’re burning calories trying to decide if you should draft Reuben Foster, you’re doing it wrong.

Fidel Castro is dead and that makes me happy

Long-time Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died Friday, November 25, 2016. He was 90 years old.

Fidel Castro was a terrible human being. Not only was he a Communist, but he was also a chronic human rights abuser, responsible for the death of thousands of his people. He also tried to convince the Soviet Union to initiate a first-strike nuclear attack against the United States, if the United States invaded Cuba and removed him from power.

The man was so power hungry that he would advocate a massive nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union if he were to lose power. What a dick.

If Fidel Castro provided anything positive, it was that he made for a great litmus test for rooting out assholes. Show me someone who said anything even remotely positive about Fidel Castro, and I’ll show you someone who is either ignorant of history or someone who is purposely trying to be an asshole.

For example, take a look at Twitter:

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ESPN has since deleted their tweet about the sports-loving murderous tyrant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had this to say about the dead tyrant:

Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.

Dedication and love for the Cuban people? Were the thousands of Cubans Fidel Castro had thrown into prison or executed, for political reasons, not people? Justin Trudeau is an idiot.

I’m glad Fidel Castro is dead. Not only Cuba, but the world is a much better place without him in it. Too bad to took this long for him to take his rightful place in Hell next to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Robert E. Lee.

The NFL now has a strict policy on violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has established severe new rules for off-the-field violence, not just domestic violence. It applies to all NFL employees, not just players. It was approved by all 32 team owners and will not need to be approved by the NFL Players Association.

From ESPN:

Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline. A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay. Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year, but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.

How does someone commit sexual assault without it involving physical force?

So if I understand this new policy correctly, a six-week suspension is what you receive if you assault anyone, man or woman, a significant other or a complete stranger. Throw in a bit of choking or use a weapon of any kind, and the suspension will be longer. If the other party is a pregnant woman, you strike them more than once, or if a child witnesses the act of violence, the suspension will also be longer.

What triggers this new policy?

Also from ESPN:

A league source told ESPN’s Andrew Brandt that discipline would be triggered by adjudication of a player’s case, such as a conviction or plea agreement.

This policy is in reaction to the incident involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. He punched his then girlfriend, now wife, in an Atlantic City casino elevator. Rice was able to avoid trial by agreeing to a diversionary program, that once completed, will allow him to clear his record. In other words, he was never convicted of a crime. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that didn’t involve admitting guilt. Goodell suspended Rice for only two games, even though TMZ showed surveillance video of Rice dragging his unconscious victim, the mother of his child, from the casino elevator.

Goodell was criticized by nearly everyone for the lenient punishment.

This new policy won’t apply to Rice because it’s being enacted after his incident of domestic violence, but I’m guessing if it had, he never would have reached a pre-trial agreement with prosecutors.

He would have gone to trial. Anything less than an a full acquittal would have left him exposed to this new NFL policy.

If I were a player in the NFL, I’m be wondering right about now why I was paying dues to the NFL Players Association. If Roger Goodell can enact a policy like this without it being subject to collective bargaining, why even have a union?

Roger Goodell is the worst commissioner ever, and that’s including the lazy idiot who ran a fantasy basketball league I was a part of in the late 1990’s.