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NFL: Let's Keep It in the Family

12/7/2008 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The golden rule in the mafia is "never tell the cops anything" -- and now it looks like the NFL has it's own silent code of ethics concerning "the man."

In the wake of football felons such as Michael Vick, and the ongoing Plaxico Burress gun-foolery, word is starting to slip that the NFL doesn't want their stars going to the cops if they get into trouble.

"If the police intervene, don't tell your story," Stefan Fatsis writes in his book, "A Few Seconds of Panic" -- which is blowing the lid off the NFL's culture of silence.

Most teams employ at least one "security guy," and send a clear signal to players to call that go-to guy, even before cops, according to the NY Post.

Seeing as how Plaxico became the seventh Giant to have a run-in with the law this year -- we're wondering how much stuff goes on that we'll never know about.

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Barfalufugus    

National
Fools
League

2056 days ago
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Juno    

A moment of Sunday morning zen brought to you by the poor schmuck who works sundays. :p

2056 days ago
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Likwidshok77    

So what??? Any lawyer would tell his/her client the same thing "you don't have to answer police questions without representation." Don't get mad at the NFL for explaining that to its players.

2056 days ago
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Barfalufugus    

2. A moment of Sunday morning zen brought to you by the poor schmuck who works sundays. :p

Posted at 11:11AM on Dec 7th 2008 by Carely

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Sorry you have to work on a Sunday. That sucks.

Well, the NFL does have a stellar reputation to uphold ... not.

2056 days ago
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Catherine    

"In the wake of football felons such as Michael Vick, and the ongoing Paxton Buress gun-foolery"

Paxton? His name is Plaxico. Wake up "TMZ"!

2056 days ago
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Sherry    

This is why Harvey and his staffers should stick to stalking celebrities and not covering sports. They can't even get Plax's name right.

2056 days ago
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Hawkeye    

What? The NFL wants to cover things up to keep their high priced
troublemakers on the field?

Let's hope the NBA doesn't try the same thing!

; )

2056 days ago
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deb    

Giants you better get your house in order. Disgraceful

2056 days ago
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Heather    

ITS PLAXICO NOT PAXTON MORONS

2056 days ago
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KarriO    

I know this is a novel concept, but why not just have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy and NFL/NBA/; baseball, Olympics; ect....... You mess up with fights, guns, domestic violence, drugs, doping, dog fighting you are OUT for LIFE. NO IF'S AND BUTS ABOUT IT.. Come on.. you are influencing all the little boys and girls of America. Get your act together...

2056 days ago
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Mackenzie    

Paxton Buress? Come on TMZ.. Proofread!

2056 days ago
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Jess 1    

How many people have to say, "It's Plaxico, Not Plaxton"? Isn't one person saying it enough?

2056 days ago
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billyboyhere    

Commissioner Roger Goodell, the supposed guy on the White Horse to clean up the NFL is nothing but a look the other way enabler, especially when it involves Teams in the largest markets; Chicago, Boston, New York---Tank Johnson, Bill Bellecheat and now Plaxico....smaller markets, Cinn. Pac Man Jones, Atlanta Vick suffer the most.

Get Congress to investigate----the whole thing stinks and its all about money, not humanity, dignity, nor safety of the fans, players, and innocents out in public.

Drunk, Drug using, Gun carrying, animal abusing, women hurting, out of control animals....Obama please step in

2056 days ago
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Zhumi77    

NFL- National Felons' League- rings truer everyday. Its' the same culture that spawned the "I dinnit dood it" mentality shown by OJ Simpson. Swell.

2056 days ago
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Barfalufugus    

#14 Zhumi77... Good one!

2056 days ago
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