It's often strange how the government comes up with its "punishments" for crimes.
This weekend's football escapades brought this to the forefront of my thoughts. Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was fired (err, cut from the roster) for allegedly purchasing drugs for distribution. Sources say 1,000 pounds of Marijuana along with some cocaine.
Throw your feelings about drugs out the window for a second. I know some people hate drugs for one reason or another and that's okay. But, according to the allegations all he did was attempt to purchase a large quantity of Marijuana and cocaine. He wasn't accused of robbing anyone. He wasn't accused of shooting anyone. He wasn't even accused of being mean to anyone.
If he's found guilty, he'll spend a minimum of 10 years in prison. A minimum. I looked it up here. I don't really feel like doing too much verification, but it seems right. I went here too, but it was like a legal rabbit hole from hell.
Now, let's go back a few years to Michael Vick. He confessed to being a player in dog fighting activities. This is, at a minimum, cruel to animals. He may not have been hurting people, but he was hurting domestic animals. Something capable of feeling pain was being hurt for his entertainment. How much time did he spend? A little less than 2 years.
If my understanding is correct, not hurting someone, but purchasing something the government says you can't purchase (10+ years). Being cruel to animals (up to 24 months). Go figure.
In unrelated news, Romo said something about not trying so hard to correct for his teammate's mistakes. They need to send that boy to leadership training. And send me to reporting school because I didn't write down what he said. It was funny though.