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Black Eye for the NFL


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Recently Stephen A. Smith, host of ESPN2’s “First Take”, was suspended for a week following a fire storm that occurred due his rant in which he suggested that women should do their part to try to prevent domestic abuse against them. Needless to say his comment did not go over very well.  His comments were in reference to the Ray Rice situation in which he was only suspended for two games for allegedly punching his then fiancée, Janay Plamar, unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator and then dragging her limp body out into the hallway.  We the general public only saw the after math of the fight however NFL general manager Roger Goodell apparently was privy to what occurred inside and believed it only deemed a two game suspension. But why are we surprised?

Many people are not only upset at Ray Rice’s actions or at Stephen A. Smith’s comments but are also infuriated that the  National Football League (NFL) is not using this as an opportunity to speak out about domestic violence.  Someone once gave me advice that has saved me a lot of grief, they said “do not expect people to be what they do not or cannot be.”  I would get frustrated when a person behaved a certain way—granted their behavior matched their character—however I rayrice_stephenasmith_caro_article-small_44740wanted their actions to match my character.  I say that to say, why are people upset that the NFL did not do more in discussing the topic of domestic violence? Although the NFL is trying to attract more women to the game of football, l and the sport has seen a significant growth of female fans in recent years, the NFL’s main customer are men.  Some of the players they employ run through women like tissues, cheat on their wives and girlfriends on a frequent basis with the help and knowledge of other players and coaches, and yes some even hit their significant others they just don’t get caught on an elevator camera and that to with the knowledge of other players and coaches.

Unfortunately sports is not a place where the issues of women are regularly discussed.  People were disgusted by Donald Sterling’s comments but barely batted an eyelash that he was there with his mistress, why? BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF OWNERS HAVE MISTRESSES! Why such a small punishment for Ray Rice? Because many of the players, coaches, and owners use their wives or girlfriends as punching bags.  Maybe if Rice wasn’t such a popular and vital player he would have received a stiffer punishment, but the season begins soon and the NFL cannot be without one of their more profitable players. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

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