The System Works; Ed Reed Wins Appeal
In an interesting turn of events, Ed Reed won his appeal
of a one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hits in recent times.
This event is proof that the new system works. While Roger Goodell remains as the judge and jury for off the field matters as Bountygate was deemed to be, the process for on the field issues changed with the new CBA. Merton Hanks, the NFL rules enforcer, stated that Reed was to be suspended one game because of a three strikes policy that did not seem to be publicly known.
The player has 72 hours to appeal punishment from Hanks and is promised a speedy answer. Reed got his within 24 hours after his appeal was heard by Ted Cottrell, a man who is jointly appointed by the league and the NFLPA. Reed will save more than $400,000 due to the ruling.