When is it going to end?
When is the off-field violence going to end? Are these “warriors” who fight for us on the gridiron being given a fair shake? Is society asking too much for them to just be able to turn off that “killer instinct” when the clock hits zero?
I say yes, they are being given a fair shake. It is a choice.
Agree with me, disagree with me, or hate me. The fact is that we all have a choice. Free will. It is the ability to choose an action that WE determine. WE are in control. Up until that moment when we aren’t. (But even then, it is our choice to go through with that out-of-control action.)
The fact of the matter is that we all lose our cool. We may utter a profane word, throw something or smash something. Anger is a normal feeling to have. When we step over the bounds that result in harming other people is when it becomes problematic.
When did it become acceptable to hit women?
Domestic violence has happened for generations, mostly in silence, because the female did not want to say anything for fear of retribution or losing her husband/family. The old excuse that, “I tripped and hit a door,” does not hold water. We know better. We have seen the black eyes, the bruises, the broken limbs.
I grew up with alcoholic parents, yet I never saw any physical violence. I never heard any physical violence in the home. I grew up, got married and had a child. Guess what? I have never hit my wife. Have I wanted to? No. It is about choices. The choices we make affect our lives. I am sure, had I ever struck my wife, I would have been divorced and lost my child.
In the last two weeks, there have been so many stories in the news about professional football players abusing their wives, girlfriends, and even kids. The problem does not just end there. Now we are being told that the Baltimore Ravens may have “misled” the NFL in the Ray Rice investigation. The problem has gone beyond individuals making bad decisions to organizations trying to protect them. You KNOW it’s bad when Ray Lewis starts to make comments.
It may not happen this year or the next, but the NFL better be careful, because if this trend continues they could lose women by the droves. They may lose the fans that have helped create a 9 billion dollar enterprise. There are incidents of spousal/significant other abuse in the NBA, MLB, and NHL, but there are NONE as front-and-center as the NFL, which employs 300+ men on football teams.
The bungling of the Ray Rice incident by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been embarrassing. What did he know? When did he know it? Did it affect his decision to suspend Rice for 2 games? We know now that the NFL offices DID get the video tape of the incident in the elevator. It’s the smoking gun. If it’s proven that Goodell knew and saw the videotape (good luck with that), then he should be fired and or resign. The man formerly known as a disciplinarian desperately needs to get on top of this and recuse himself from the Rice imbroglio.
The once-mighty NFL has a proverbial “black eye.” The NFL used to mean the National Football League. If the league is not careful, it may wind up as the National Felon League.
What is the league going to do about it?
I’m not sure, but Enough is Enough!
Ronnie Garcia is the voice of reason at The Scoop. Follow him on Twitter at @CapnDD.