Legal troubles are nothing new in the NFL, at least for players.
Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand’s arrest for suspicion of drunken driving adds a new twist to the debate about discipline in professional sports. Pro Athletes are often seen as getting preferential treatment from the law and above the consequences that many every-day employees might face given a similar set of circumstances. Some fans have a hard time watching star athletes continue on in their day-to-day lives following legal issues that might cost Joe Fan his job.
Like all NFL employees, Tom Lewand is subject to the league’s Personal Conduct Policy and will probably receive a fine. Lions owner William Clay Ford has already come out and publicly stated that Lewand’s job is not in jeopardy and that the team will stand behind him as he deals with this issue. While I have no problem with this stance, I have to wonder if the response would be the same as if Tom Lewand was a high ranking executive in the Ford family’s other business.
Lewand is, after all, a white collar exec that happens to be employed by an NFL franchise. This might be the closest a fan gets to seeing how the league deals with a “regular” guy, as regular as a team president can be.
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