NFL dragging its heels with the Jameis Winston suspension is a disgrace

The origin of the phrase “justice delayed is denied’’ has been lost in the mists of history.

A version of it may go back to William Penn.

But it never seems to go out of style. It certainly describes the NFL’s investigation of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

He is still awaiting justice over a groping allegation that became public seven months ago, and only this week learned he will reportedly be suspended for the first three games by the NFL.

That expected announcement is typical of the NFL, suspending him without ruling on the actual accusation, but if Winston didn’t report it he has no defense for violating that league policy.

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Billy Cannon didn’t need the Internet era to be larger than life

In the era of cable TV, the Internet and social media, we sometimes think there’s never been as much hype in sports as there is these days.

The recent death of Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, is a reminder that even back in the day, players could become larger than life heroes even without today’s hype.

Cannon was one of them.

Playing running back and defensive back, he helped LSU win the national title in 1958 and his 89-yard punt return for a touchdown that helped beat Mississippi, 7-3, in 1959 is still one of the most iconic moments in the history of college football.

Both teams were undefeated and LSU was ranked first and Mississippi third.

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Aaron Hernandez case remains a fascinating mystery, perhaps forever

The Aaron Hernandez case is now closed except for the various lawsuits winding their way through the courts, but the fascination with his rise and fall remains.

The book about the case by best-selling author James Patterson (who has a new novel out written with Bill Clinton) and two co-authors came out in January and quickly became a New York Times best seller. CBS did a “48 Hours’’ episode on it. So did the Oxygen cable channel, and the movie rights have also been sold.

Still, all the attention has not resulted in any answers for why Hernandez became a murderer and then committed suicide, which wiped out his conviction because the case was still on appeal.

The authors believe Hernandez killed two other men, but he was acquitted on those charges. He also shot a drug dealer — who was supposedly his best friend — in the eye.

Hernandez shot four people in three separate incidents … and nobody knows why.

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Botched anthem policy shows how much cowardly NFL needs new leadership

The NFL owners had a choice to make last week as they grappled with the issue of NFL players kneeling to protest police brutality.

Would they stand with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in the conflict or would they stand with Donald Trump, who received multiple deferments for bone spurs during the Vietnam War and never served in the military?

After the NFL passed its new policy on standing for the national anthem, Sen. Duckworth tweeted a picture of her prosthetic legs and said, “One day my coffin will be draped with our nation’s flag just as it did with my husband’s and brothers. I will always stand on these legs for the flag and the anthem but ALSO my honor to defend people’s right to free speech.’’

Sen. Duckworth isn’t the only veteran who understands the members of the military protect the right of free speech.

Naturally, Trump took the opposite view.

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‘Hard Knocks’ producers will have their work cut out making the Browns interesting

The NFL “Hard Knocks” show is a lot more popular with the fans than the teams.

Many teams don’t like the idea of cameras being in their inner sanctums in camp. They sometimes act as if they were working on The Manhattan Project instead of putting together a football team.

And since NFL Films produces it, there is little chance a team will be embarrassed.

Still the NFL had to put together guidelines for teams that can’t turn down an invitation so they all can’t refuse.

If a team has a new coach, has been on the show in the last 10 years or has been in the playoffs the last two years, they can’t refuse to do the show.

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