Stanley Wilson just couldn’t stop snorting cocaine. That was 1989 and his third suspension, the last player suspended until 2006 sans violating the substance abuse policy. O.J. was out of the league during his “trials” and for Ray Lewis well, his killing wasn’t murder, but a religious sacrament. It wasn’t until the catalyst of the unstoppable force meets the immovable object, AKA Albert Haynesworth’s foot and Andre Gurode’s head, that set off a folly of other suspensions. Haynesworth got 5 games, and it wasn’t too long afterwards that “Pacman” decided to nullify his 2007 season by taking his rage out on a stripper. I personally categorize that as entertainment though. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at some data and see what the real impact of a conduct suspension for a player is on their career. Our hypothesis is that it isn’t worth it to shoot yourself in the leg, kill a pedestrian under the influence and so on and so forth.
Holding all suspension reasons equal we will aggregate the punishment and look at individual stats to see the effect. Everything from 1 game to Life will be looked at. Life will count as 32 games, because math, perpetuity principle and SMU 2 year death sentence. Each player will have a post suspension career value ranging from 1-10 based on their pre-suspension careers. We are not going to go account for an age weighting variable and just ceterus peribus that shit. One more Buzz Lightyear like rule, we only look at 2006 and beyond. Sorry Stan.