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More bad news for the NFL (Update)

Oh, my.

I think that it is important for me to say that I’m a huge NFL fan. I love the Cowboys no matter how bad they are and they are really bad this year. I love the competition and the athleticism in the NFL. I watched the Steelers get back-slapped last night against the Ravens. I love the NFL.

Greg Hardy, defensive line for the Carolina Panthers, has been convicted of domestic abuse of a girlfriend. For some reason, he is being allowed to play for the Panthers this weekend. Is the difference between Hardy and Ray Rice a video? The fact that we have a video showing Ray Rice punching out his then girlfriend means that his offense was worse? I don’t think so. Greg Hardy should be given the week off.

Adrian Peterson, possibly the 2nd best running back I have ever seen, has been indicted for reckless injury of a child. I have no idea what this really means. Did he leave a child in a hot car while he ran into a 7/11 for a Big Gulp? Did he leave a kid at home while he went to Vegas?

No matter what, this doesn’t look good for the NFL.

Update: So, Adrian Peterson thought that it was okay to go and get a switch from a tree in the backyard and hit a 4-year- old child. That was acceptable behavior in the 1960s. This ain’t the 1960s!!! It might be why so many of us from the ’60s are so screwed up.

I didn’t even mention Jerry Jones. Someone is accusing him of sexual assault. I was surprised that a woman would let him get that close. Yuck.

Finally, some good news from the NFL. Devon Still was cut from the Bengals. The team found out that his daughter has cancer and the Bengals hired Devon on to the practice squad. This move allows him to keep his insurance. The New Orleans Saints bought 100 Devon Still jerseys! I’m thinking about buying one also. The profits will benefit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


By |2014-09-15T21:18:03-04:00September 12th, 2014|NFL|Comments Off on More bad news for the NFL (Update)

Ray Rice, the NFL and Domestic Violence (Update)

Ray Rice - A Powerful man

Ray Rice – A Powerful man

First, let’s start with the obvious. Our society has changed. Domestic abuse used to be something that we would “keep in the home.” If you went to tell the police, they weren’t interested. If you told your pastor, he would tell you to pray more and love your husband more. Now, that’s all changed. Domestic abuse/domestic violence needs to stop and it needs to stop now.

If you are a football fan, you know Ray Rice. You have seen him on the field. He is short, stocky and powerful. You’ve seen him run over 250-pound linebackers. You’ve seen him stiff arm a 200-pound cornerback into the ground. He is listed at 5’8″ tall and he weighs 208 pounds. He is all muscle. This is the man who we see in this new video pounding his fiancée into unconsciousness. There is no excuse. There’s no apology that is adequate. And, in my mind, there is no punishment that will make up for beating another human being senseless.

Let’s be honest. The NFL does not really care about Ray Rice or even his fiancée. I wish they did, but they do not. The NFL is a multibillion-dollar business. They care about their public relations and their image. It’s okay to sell a violent product to the public. We expect football to be violent on the field. It’s not okay for that violence to creep into the public eye off the field. That hurts revenue. The NFL understood almost immediately when they suspended Ray Rice for two games, for beating the crap out of his fiancée, that the punishment was inadequate. They instigated a huge PR campaign to smooth things over with the public. There are thousands of women who follow the NFL. They don’t want to lose that audience. A new policy was announced which “reflected the values of the NFL.” This new policy was a zero tolerance policy. For the first offense the NFL player would be suspended for six games. For the second offense the NFL player would be banished from the NFL. Finally, a real policy.

It would be nice if this was the end of the story. Unfortunately it is not. A video surfaced today which revealed Ray Rice beating the snot out of his then fiancée, now wife. The previous video, which almost everyone has seen by now, surfaced months ago showing Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée by her hair as if we were watching an R-rated episode of the Flintstones. The anger, the brutality of this new video is shocking. This is a side of human beings we don’t see much in our “civilized” society. It is ugly. Once this new video surfaced, the NFL moved quickly to indefinitely suspend Ray Rice. But, here’s the question. Did the NFL know of this “secret” video? Currently the NFL is standing by their story that they knew nothing of this new, raw, brutal video. Here’s another question. What’s the difference? We knew that Ray Rice had beaten his fiancée into unconsciousness. We saw him drag her by her hair. Does he really deserve a harsher penalty because now we can actually see him knock her out? In my mind, he deserves a harsher penalty because of his actions. In a civilized society, we truly cannot tolerate domestic violence. It must be eliminated. Even if you’re an NFL football star.

Now, I don’t want anyone to think that I’m picking on Ray Rice. I’m not. He isn’t the only NFL player in trouble for domestic violence. Ray McDonald just got arrested a couple of days ago for the same thing. (No video has surfaced yet.) I have been following the NFL since the late 1960s. There has always been an undercurrent of domestic violence. I guess one of the big questions is whether you play a game as violent as football and be peaceful at home. (more…)

By |2014-09-09T21:42:59-04:00September 8th, 2014|NFL|5 Comments

I’m tired of these celebrities whining for forgiveness

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Oh, I’m tired. There are so many celebrities who do stupid stuff. There seems to be an endless stream of them. There is Lindsay Lohan, in and out of jail and in and out of rehab every other month. There’s Justin Beiber. There’s Charlie Sheen, who seems to be barely hanging on to reality. Now we have NFL running back Ray Rice. If you remember, the last time we saw Ray Rice was in a grainy video in which he appeared to be beating the snot out of his significant other and dragging her by the hair. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I was found beating someone like that I would be in jail. I can beg for forgiveness, but I would be behind bars nonetheless. I have no sympathy for Ray Rice. (more…)

By |2014-05-25T18:40:06-04:00May 24th, 2014|NFL|3 Comments
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