Another NFL Coverup?

No, I’m not talking about the recent spate of NFL player body-snatching, or even the Drew Brees/Vick’s Nyquil-related conspiracy I identified a month and a half ago.

This conspiracy goes to the top.

Commissioner Roger Goodell recently expressed his approval over NFL All-Stars’ play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. What he meant was, the football players on the field actually hit one another like football players.

All of them, that is, except one:

Redskins’ Williams hurt in nightclub brawl, pulled out of Pro Bowl

CBSSports.com wire reports
Jan. 25, 2013 11:47 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS — Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams won’t play in the Pro Bowl after being hurt early Friday in a brawl at a Honolulu nightclub.

NFL officials and local police said Friday night the first-time all-star was hurt in a fight that injured three men, sending two to the hospital. One man was arrested and five others are being investigated for assault, but not Williams, police said.

When asked whether Williams was being investigated for assault, Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said: “I would not say that.”

Well, that was certainly some good timing.

Fortunately for Williams, the NFL seems to be letting him off easy:

The league said the third-year pro will be on the sideline for the Pro Bowl game Sunday and won’t lose his status as a member of the NFC team. Officials say he’ll be paid a full Pro Bowl share.

Considering the league’s penchant for disciplinary action, it must not think Williams did anything particularly wrong.

Indeed, that’s the current story:

Redskins teammate Jammal Brown said on Twitter that Williams needed seven stitches. “Wasn’t his fault. … He did nothing wrong,” Brown said.

But I’m not sure I fully buy that account, so don’t be too surprised when the league hands something down in the coming weeks. If you were Williams, I would suggest giving Goodell a chance to let the truth come out — i.e. get his hands on the mic’d up version of events — before you start to breath easy [start at :46]:

You might recognize Redskins #71 from that time he got into a bar fight in Honolulu.

Go Hawks.

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