I say this with all due respect to the NHL's Department of Player Safety that has appeared to strategically avoid setting any sort of precedent that would make their jobs easier. Only, and I mean only, the NFL could manage to botch disciplinary action this badly.
What are we, 24 hours removed from a ruling that might as well have been a smack on the snout to the NFL's biggest and dumbest of animal for engaging in the type of breakneck behavior that encapsulates literally every act of excess, unnecessary violence they've been trying to rid the sport of for the last few years?
Just when you thought a measly one game suspension for a concussion-causing hit directly to the goddamn brain of a athlete who couldn't have been more defenseless after the play was already well over was a pathetic penalty. Just when you thought Roger Goodell and company couldn't do a crappier job than failing to make an example out of a 265 pound genetic abnormality that acted purely out of frustration in taking a running start only to put the entirety of his superhuman muscle mass behind an arm that was reinforced by a brace that was one battery away from being bionic.
They go and do this.....
...and make things about 1,000x worse.
Seriously, it's as if they intentionally came over the top with this heavy-handed decision only to make sure the two-ply punishment they assessed yesterday would continue to get negative publicity. Almost like they were excited to poor gasoline on the fire just as it was reaching its peak by giving one of the dirtiest, most under-disciplined plays of all time an immediate and wildly illogical point of comparison. Just took two plays that - while dangerous and finable - are inherently a hazard of the sport and came down on the players responsible for them with an iron fist that reminded everyone of the one that Rob Gronkowski got lightly slapped on after using it in an attempt to Hulk Smash his opponent's insanely susceptible skull through the Earth's core. Great job NFL. No one knows how to spin piss poor public relations in a way that keeps them live and well in the news cycle quite like you.
P.S. I know it's probably a result of the NFLPA doing some posturing as opposed to the final say of Rob Gronkowski or the team that will steamroll the Miami Dolphins with or without his services, but appealing a laughable suspension for such disgusting display is a bad, bad look...