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September 27, 2011 - Al Stephenson
At a time when the NFL is seemingly concerned with player injuries (particularly concussions), a new dilemma has surfaced. The fake injury.
In a recent game two New York Giant players fell to the ground at the same time. No one was around them when they hit the turf, and it seemed as though a fan may have hit them with a slingshot. The fact that the opposing team was using a no-huddle offense and threatening to score may, I say MAY, have had something to do with the sudden pain these players seemed to be in.
There was no doubt in the minds of anyone who saw the scene that the players were faking injuries. It was an obvious attempt to slow down the opposition and even the NFL was upset. The league came out firing, suggesting that faking injuries would not be tolerated. Penalties, fines and disciplinary action would be used to stop this nonsense. There is only one thing wrong with the NFL's indignation and subsequent threat to police this obvious violation of fair play ethics.
It won't work.
How in the world can anyone determine whether a player's injury is real or not? Will the league leave it up to the officials to make the determination. I can see it now. The official looks at a player and says, "you're not hurt, now get up and start playing."
The view from my seat suggests that faking injuries is unethical, immoral and wrong, but not illegal. And trying to make it the latter will surely open up a new can of worms!
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