Entries in Suspension (6)


LeGarrette Blount Suspended One Game for Substance Abuse

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for the 2015 regular-season opener, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday. Blount's suspension is for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Blount will lose $48,685 in base salary as part of the suspension, in addition to a $6,250 per-game roster bonus.

The 28-year-old was playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers when he and Le'Veon Bell were arrested Aug. 20; police said they found about three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana in Bell's car during a traffic stop in a Pittsburgh suburb.

Blount can participate in all offseason practices and preseason games before the suspension.

In his final five games of the regular season after joining the Patriots, Blount rushed for 281 yards on 60 carries, with three touchdowns.

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NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Any player that commits a domestic violence crime will be handed a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense, the NFL announced on Thursday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension to Ravens running back Ray Rice correct, which led to the news.

"At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals," Goodell wrote in a letter. "We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence....My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values."

Rice was suspended for the first two games of the regular season after being arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly knocking out his fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Goodell and the NFL received much criticism for not coming down harder on a domestic violence case.

"Our personal conduct policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will," Goodell continued.

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Dustin Johnson Suspended

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine, reports also reported that Johnson failed three drug tests -- two for cocaine (2014, 2012) and one for marijuana (2009).

Johnson announced on Thursday that he'd be taking a leave of absence, but never said why.

"I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced," he said in a statement issued by his management company. "By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion."

Johnson was fourth overall in the FedExCup standings.

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Ray Rice Chooses Not to Appeal Two-Game Suspension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Ravens running back Ray Rice has chosen not to appeal his two-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.

Rice was not expected to appeal the ban, which means he will miss the Ravens' Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and their Sept. 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

He had a three-day window to take action, but that time has now elapsed.  Rice has yet to publicly comment on the suspension.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also fined Rice three game checks, which is worth a total of $529,000.

The three-time Pro Bowler is still allowed to participate in training camp and play in all four of the Ravens' preseason games.

Rice was accused of striking his now-wife, Janay, unconscious during an altercation in an Atlantic City casino last February. 

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Delonte West Reinstated by Mavericks

Harry How/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West's suspension didn't last long.

West, who was suspended Tuesday morning for conduct detrimental to the team, was reinstated Tuesday afternoon after a meeting with Mavericks' president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle.

Sources told that West had been suspended for an outburst he made in the locker room after the Mavs' 123-104 preseason victory over the Houston Rockets Monday.

West, who has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, has averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists a game during his eight-year NBA career.

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Ryan Braun Wins Appeal

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun had his 50-game drug-related suspension overturned by baseball arbitrator Shym Das on Thursday.  It is the first time a baseball player has had a drug-related suspension overturned.

Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Labor Relations Rob Manfred issued the following statement Thursday:

“Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our Clubs and all of the players who take the field.  It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline.  We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.

“As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute.  While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Last October, Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. 

The players' association released a statement that said, "Today the arbitration panel announced its decision, by a 2-1 vote, to sustain Ryan Braun's grievance challenging his 50-game suspension by the commissioners office."

Braun is expected at the Brewers' spring training camp Friday.

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