The NFL is quickly becoming a league of thugs who cannot keep their levels of violence on the field and they’re letting it slide into their off-field lives.
This past week has been a microcosm for the league as a whole. Beginning with the video of Ray Rice’s despicable act of knocking out his fiancee in an elevator, then the league’s weak 2-game suspension (a substance abuser gets a minimum of 4 games). It was only after massive public outrage that commissioner Roger Goodell backed up and said the NFL didn’t see the video and now that they had they suspended Rice indefinitely.
Interestingly enough, the Associated Press has called BS on the commissioner saying that the NFL was furnished with a copy of the tape.
Now to cap off a horrible PR week, Vikings running back and former league MVP Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas yesterday. Peterson allegedly hit his child with a “switch” (a flexible branch from a tree) and there is photographic evidence that shows pretty severe marks on his child’s legs and backside.
These players who are violent off the field and who can’t conduct themselves like gentlemen need to be taken right out of the league so we’re left with the guys like Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning – 2 well spoken and humble ambassadors of the game.
Unfortunately, as with any organization, the troops take their cue from their leadership and in this case, Roger Goodell didn’t address the situation right away or take care of the problem. His first reaction was to try and sweep it under the rug. Thus, the message to his players is ‘it’s OK, just don’t get caught’.
I love the NFL and the sport of football. It’s not the game that has an issue, it’s some of those who are allowed to play it at the highest levels. If this commissioner doesn’t have the balls to do what’s right then the league’s Board of Directors needs to find someone who does because right now Ray Rice may be the President of the Piece of Crap Club but Commissioner Goodell is the Chairman of the Board.