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NFL to blame for Kurt Busch's suspension? TMS’ Eddie Gossage says so

Eddie Gossage is never shy to share his opinion, and gave it in talking about how NASCAR handled the Kurt Busch situation.

Busch was suspended days before the Daytona 500 last month after a Delaware family court commissioner ruled that Busch more likely than not committed an act of domestic violence. But the Delaware attorney general’s office announced last week that it would not pursue criminal charges, saying it wouldn’t be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

That led NASCAR to reinstate Busch this week.

Gossage believes how the Busch case was handled stems from how the NFL has handled similar cases, particularly the Ray Rice incident that drew wide-spread criticism.

“The NFL’s bungling in having so many characters of ill repute playing their game has changed it for everybody,” Gossage said. “It’s unfair to [Busch] that just on an accusation he gets kicked out of a way to make a living. It just doesn’t make sense to me. But the NFL’s policy is the same way.

“If I wanted to beat somebody in the Super Bowl, I’d just stick a chick on the elevator with the quarterback the night before the game, accuse him of something and he can’t play the next day. Think about that? So I’m not sure that’s the best policy either, but you’ve got to clean up things.

“Kurt’s problems are the results of the mishandling by the NFL.”