Sources: #Seahawks standout DL Jarran Reed is being suspended 6 games for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy for an incident from early 2017. He was not charged or arrested. His appeal was denied Friday morning. Huge on-field impact.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2019
Big picture though? The NFL continues to stymie any understanding of how they apply suspensions. While a domestic assault investigation is no small matter, Reed was neither arrested nor charged as a result of the investigation. Meanwhile Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, who was investigated for child abuse this offseason, is not going to be suspended for a single game. As the Athletic’s Michael Lombardi recently put it (Athletic subscription required):
Consistency matters for all leaders, and for Goodell to allow Hill to waltz back onto the field sends a horrible message about his ability to be trusted.
Does Goodell honestly believe that the Hill audio and the receiver’s past behavior don’t warrant some action? Does Goodell even care what others around the NFL might think about his leadership skills? For the record, no team I have talked with since Friday can believe Hill is back without penalty.
I too remain confused.
Reed had a breakout season in 2018 with 10.5 sacks. A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Reed is headed into the final year of his rookie contract in 2019. He’ll be eligible to join the team in Week 7 as the Seahawks host the Baltimore Ravens.