Vulgar Statistics: The Shanahan Suspensions Graphed
If you’re not already familiar, Capgeek has a pretty good list of all the suspensions that Brendan Shanahan has handed out since being put in charge of player safety, and while it is a complete list, it’s also difficult to put into perspective. That’s why we have pie charts. (And not all of the details regarding the Thornton suspension are out yet so I have not included it.)
If it wasn’t apparent via the eye test, we can see that the biggest motivating factor behind the suspensions that are handed out is reducing the number of headshots. Given the concussion lawsuit that has recently come to light, it’s probably not a stretch to say that the league is less concerned about player safety and more concerned about avoiding as much liability as possible.
And this chart makes that more obvious.
As does this one with a few small sample sizes kicking a couple random infractions higher.