Tuesday, September 09, 2014
“What would you do if someone did that to me?” my daughter asked across the dinner table last night.
“The emotional part of me would go find him and shoot him,” I said. “But then his troubles would be over and mine would be just beginning.”
We were discussing the topic du jour, the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator recently and how the NFL “didn’t realize it was that serious until they saw the video.” Minimizing abuse in any form and saying you didn’t realize it was “that serious” is like being “a little pregnant.”
So Roger Goodell and the powers that be, reached in their bag, pulled out a “do-over,” fell on their collective swords, uttered mea culpa’s about how they had “got it wrong,” suspended Rice indefinitely and his team fired him. A month ago, when all of this came to light, and Rice was charged with a felony, Rice was suspended for two games. His general manager Ozzie Newsome stood behind him at the time. Newsome spoke of how much respect he had for Rice. Yesterday Newsome was “unavailable” for the press conference that announced Rice’s suspension and firing from the Ravens. The price Rice paid in the court system for knocking his then fiancé damn near into oblivion? He was placed in a diversion program.
Okay, we could sit here all day talking about how wrong this is. What’s the answer? It’s really simple and it’s something you and I have total and complete control over. I want to preface my solution by telling you there are not many people who are bigger sports fans than I am. (I even watch hockey!)The solution is to quit supporting any sport that tolerates and by tolerating that means to me condones or is an apologist for, any illegal activity. Partner abuse, steroid abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, you-pick-em…. Any sport that starts the fog machine and begins to blow smoke up targeted orifices does not deserve our support. Quit buying tickets, merchandise, and write to sponsors. Tell them that if they continue to advertise with venues that approve illegal and heinous activities you will quit purchasing their products. Have NFL Sunday ticket? Call Direct TV and tell them NFL commissioner, Rodger Goodell needs to go. They get enough calls, they’ll listen.
Ahhhhhhhhh you are not a sports fan. Ahhhhhhhhhh, you don’t get involved.
I’ll leave you with the commercial form the 1970’s that centered on voter registration:
“Vote and the choice is yours. Don’t vote and the choice is theirs.”
This issue isn’t so much about Ray Rice, though he finally received a portion of the penalty he deserved. This is about the NFL and how they think they can do what they choose to do because, well because they are the NFL.
Show them they aren’t.