Originally Posted by wileedog
Will depend on his testimony.
At this point, whether he is convicted or not, unless he can somehow prove he was home with a good book and a cup of tea at the time its pretty certain that he was involved in some way with two stolen ATVs, an assault and a gun being waived about. Maybe some shots fired, depending on which police press release you read.
This is pretty darn far from the image the NFL wants its players to portray.
Convicted or not, unless he has solid proof he had nothing to do with this, he could see a suspension, perhaps a big one if the NFL decides to send a message. The NFL does not need necessarily need a conviction to suspend him, nor do the Redskins should Gibbs take the moral highroad.
Either way, its a good bet his endorsement opportunities are pretty much gone, other than maybe for Honda or Smith & Wesson, as is the NFL's ability to use him to market the league.
First of all - this is wrought with a major, major mistake. Sean Taylor doesn't have to prove
anything. He has no burden of proof. The state has the burden of proof
against him if they wish to convict him.
If he has filed a report on stolen ATVs, then we have something to go with. But from what I can tell, the only evidence I have seen in the news is an eye-witness. Fine. But that isn't exactly a lot to stand up in court.
Finally, per the CBA, the league can't just suspend him because something may or may not have happened. There must be a conviction or plea bargain, otherwise, my nemesis, Gene Upshaw, will raise all kind of hell.
Remember - he was charged with a DUI, but later acquitted. The league made no suspension on the case.