chris stephens
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True Consequences in SEC Country

Jul 24, 2014 3:24 PM EST

The recent two-game suspension of the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice was laughable at best. For football fans that want to see what a true suspension should look like, look no further than the SEC, and the Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs.

Dorial Green-Beckham was the star receiver at Missouri. Sure, he'd been suspended for marijuana use, but that's not what ultimately did him in. Green-Beckham pushed a woman down a flight of stairs, prompting an investigation, which was later closed because the woman wouldn't cooperate with investigators. Regardless, that incident is what cost him at Missouri and so he was dismissed.

Fast forward to this past week when Georgia dismissed reserved defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor. Taylor was arrested and charged with domestic violence after assaulting his girlfriend in the dorms. For that incident, Mark Richt dismissed Taylor from the team.

Maybe the NFL can take a page from the playbooks of these SEC coaches. Say all you want about the players Richt recruits, and the ones he has to eventually suspend or dismiss. But the bottom line is, he takes the law seriously...something the NFL doesn't.