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News Of The Day: Gators give lamest suspension ever to star LB

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Florida announced today that they would be suspending star linebacker Brandon Spikes for trying to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey.  They’re suspending him for the first half of their next game against Vanderbilt.  Got that?  One-half suspension for reaching into the facemask of an opposing player and trying to gouge his eyes.

LeGarrette Blount got suspended for a season for punching a guy.  Spikes gets a half for reaching into a guy’s facemask and trying to poke his eyeballs.

Sound fair?  Not to me.  Not even close.

The SEC or the NCAA needs to step in on this one and hand down a more severe punishment.  One half against a team Florida will defeat easily is not nearly suspension enough for such an egregious offense.  The way the SEC has been criticized for its refs apparently favoring the teams at the top, this is something I’d really think they’d want to step in and resolve themselves.  They can’t appear to favor the big teams by letting their players get away with such light penalties on such egregious offenses.

I don’t even really understand the punishment.  Have him sit out and give your team a jolt of energy by having their best player on one side of the ball come back in the second half?  How on earth is that actually a punishment?

By the way, I would strongly recommend listening to Mike Golic’s commentary that was posted along with the link above.  It’s mid-way down in the article.  He makes a great case on this.

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Written by Austin Swafford

November 2, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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