By John P. Gilbert
With the Seattle Seahawks thin at linebacker with both Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright yet to practice this week in advance of the team’s game against the Chicago Bears on Monday, the Hawks added Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks, of course, may have a name that is more recognized by most fans for his recent guilty plea for securities fraud than for his play during the six seasons he spent with the Philadelphia Eagles, and that means a suspension is likely coming.
The question, though, becomes how long of a suspension is he potentially looking at and when would it be expected to come down?
The list of NFL players who have been arrested is long, and the league’s personal conduct policy most certainly includes suspensions for fraud, but the overwhelming majority of player arrests stem from offenses that are not white collar in nature. In fact, looking at past suspensions there is very little to rely on in terms of precedent for such crimes.
Former Seahawks coach Travis Jones, who spent four years as the defensive line coach for the Hawks before spending 2017 as the Senior Defensive Assistant was suspended for thirty days by the New Orleans Saints in 2010 after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud. However, that was in a coaching role and does not provide much guidance for the situation at hand....