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Treat Pacman As a Human Being

Count me among those who felt the commissioner's punishment this season for Pacmans' little ruccus with his bodyguard in a hotel bathroom was grossly disproportionate to the offense.  It was pretty much a non-event in my eyes.  No one was hurt.  Apparently, according to Jerry Jones, it may have been as much the fault of Pacman's "bodyguard" as Pacman.  Though the police were called, they felt it was a non-event.  And even if was apparently alcohol-related, it didn't trigger any problem with Pacman's ongoing probation terms which specifically cover alcohol. 

But my bigger point is this.  Pacman was -- and the operative word here is was -- a thug.  When he "made it rain" in that strip club, and when he engaged in numerous other irresponsible acts, he was a guy deserving of punishment.  But he paid for that conduct with a year's suspension from the NFL, and criminal sanctions, which include ongoing probationary terms that still cover him. 

Does anyone think that Pacman -- the one during his Tennessee years -- is the Pacman that showed up to play for the Dallas Cowboys?  Does anyone think he's any longer remotely like the thug who "made it rain"? 

I don't.  And, because I don't, I believe the guy deserves to be treated like any other human being who has screwed up and paid his debt to society.   Anything else he does should be treated on its own merits.  Don't keep hanging him for events of the past.  That person really no longer exists. 

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