A guy who spent plenty of time in North Carolina in connection with his playing career could be spending plenty more time there as part of his post-playing activities.
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is considering an offer to become part of the potential Panthers ownership group led by billionaire Ben Navarro.
However it plays out, everyone will need to get more information about the specifics of this rule before the games start.
You pointed it out, free safety, if the right spot were there would we have done something, absolutely. But it just didn’t work out that way and we certainly didn’t want to push the issue. We had to make a few tough decisions on whether to go with another need or the free safety need. But we feel like, overall, we’re very comfortable and confident where we are. But there’s still a lot of work to do between now and the start of the season.
Since the arbitration process is now independent, a legal challenge to the ruling has almost no chance (more accurately, no chance at all) of prevailing. The PED policy gives the NFLPA’s executive director the ability to petition the Commissioner to vacate or reduce the discipline, if there are “extraordinary circumstances” to support such action, but good luck with that.
So, basically, it’s over. And if Ingram truly was taking a banned substance that isn’t a PED or an illegal substance for which a therapeutic use exemption could have been obtained, that’s on Ingram for failing to seek and obtain the TUE. Otherwise, it’s a case of strict liability. Test positive, get suspended.
And even though the agents now claim Ingram didn’t test positive for a performance enhancing substance, they concede he tested positive for a substance banned by the policy. Which means it is a PED, by definition.