NFL chiefs Willie Jay’s suspension is justified. let him heal

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These next four weeks could be a period of recovery for the full-back, who can still write a positive end to this story.

These next four weeks could be a period of recovery for the full-back, who can still write a positive end to this story.

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Many Kansas City Chiefs fans have expressed their displeasure at the prospect of losing the fullback Willie Jay to suspend four games It was announced this week by the NFL. No doubt two games into a promising season, they lost to the stings of one of the best players.

But we chose to look at the suspension from a different perspective, finding the punishment more than justified. Jay pleaded guilty to avoid jail time In an incident the mother of her child described as terrifying to the police when he arrived at her apartment and refused to leave. The NFL cannot allow domestic violence cases to go unpunished, and fans must rest when they respond appropriately.

Probably gay too Avoid a longer comment Because he built on his guilt and sought advice, something the League had in mind. Jay, 24, also decided not to appeal the NFL’s decision.

Hopefully he sees in the comment an opportunity to reset. Suspension without pay will result in Jay being removed from the facilities, practices, or games of the Chiefs. Hopefully, he will take advantage of the available resources the league has given him during his time away from the club, including treatment for mental health issues Jay said he’s struggled with since high school and college.

These next four weeks could be a recovery period for Gay, who could still write a positive ending to this story. We are encouraged by Jay’s decision to openly discuss his mental struggles. We commend his willingness to ask for help.

We also hope that the mother of his child – the victim in this case – will receive whatever care and support she needs as well. After all, the allegations that led to Jay’s arrest were serious.

In January, Johnson County Prosecutors charged Gaye with damaging property during an internal quarrel With the mother of a 3-month-old son. He was charged with criminal destruction of property of less than $1,000, a domestic violence-related misdemeanor that could have derailed the young man’s career. Jay allegedly pushed the woman onto the couch, She told investigators.

We can’t overlook the fact that the NFL’s response to off-field problems, including domestic violence and disagreements with the law, can seem insanely arbitrary. All we can say is that in this case, he seems to have struck the right balance between maximum punishment and the uncomfortable leniency with which he has acted so often in the past. Especially when it comes to domestic violence cases, the university has to be firm.

But we’re also optimistic that Jay has learned from the ordeal, and can come out of four weeks with a stronger, healthier player. He agreed to a conversion plan which means he must remain drug, alcohol, and hassle-free for a year. He also ordered a fine and compensation.

We want Jay to continue his path to recovery. Mental health struggles are real. We are happy to receive assistance and speak to them publicly. And yes, we’re glad the NFL has him out for four weeks. Chiefs fans and Willie Gay fans should be happy too.

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