Favre's right about NFL decision on Robinson

Being around teammates is much better for wide receiver than being isolated

Packers QB Brett Favre criticized the NFL for not allowing the suspended Koren Robinson be around the Packers facility for the next 12 months. Robinson was suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for a third time, which means he's out for one season.

However, Favre believes not allowing a player such as Robinson around the team facility is wrong. I agree.

What's the harm in Robinson being with teammates, working out and visiting while staying out of trouble? As it is now, teammates can visit with Robinson outside the team facility, but players have a busy schedule.

Allowing Robinson to work out and be around teammates for the next 12 months reduces his chance to drifting back into trouble. But the NFL makes sure Robinson and others are cut off from the football world.

Think about the problems Robinson has had in his life. The only thing he knows is football and without it, what's going to happen? He can work out on his own, but with so much free time, there's a temptation to possibly stroll down the wrong path.

I do agree players such as Robinson need to deal first with their problem before they can work again. But providing a balance between rehabbing yourself and being involved with football would make Robinson feel a lot better about things. It would give him something to look forward to every day he wakes up.

But since this rule won't change, Robinson will be tested more than he ever has before in his life. If he gets through this, Robinson could be new and improved, but 12 months without football will be tough.

Nonetheless, he has other choice, thanks to the NFL.

Doug Ritchay

Editor's note: Doug Ritchay is a longtime sportswriter and former Packers beat writer for the Green Bay News-Chronicle. E-mail at dritchay@sbcglobal.net.

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