As I was researching how to title this article, I ‘googled’ several different ideas. NFL Scandals, NFL Criminals, NFL Sex Abusers, etc. It was sickening the number of hits that came up. My goodness. But the more I think about it, the more I’m just not sure where I stand on all of this.
Seeing the awful video of a limp future Mrs. Rice in the elevator being dragged out with little care by a man who seemingly had the strength to at least pick her up and treat her with dignity, truly made me sick. As a woman, and a strong woman at that, I wanted to hold her with one arm and beat the crap out of him with the other.
At the same time, abuse in all forms happens every day in all walks of life and most of the time, this is played out privately and with little, if any, impact to someone’s sole source of income.
Also, you add on to that the ‘due process’ part and then what are you supposed to do. Yes, that pesky due process clause in our Constitution just gets in the way. Most of these guys in the news right now have not been convicted of anything. The now Mrs. Rice didn’t press charges, other stories are being investigated and who knows where they will end up.
Flip the Field tries to appeal to the football novices out there, especially women. We would be amiss without addressing this issue at least a little bit. What is your opinion? Where do you stand?
This morning I heard discussions about the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goddell, stepping down for not handling this well. I even heard about Condi Rice stepping in to fill his role. Then by this afternoon, he made it clear that he is not going anywhere. He is going to get to the bottom of this, change NFL behavior policy and figure out how they are going to handle these unfortunate, yet likely inevitable, situations going forward.
It is unfortunate. What is it about human nature that allows the kinds of behaviors being scrutinized here? For those of us who dream about a life in the public eye through sports, business, politics, etc,, there is always the thought of the public scrutiny that goes along with it. Being in the NFL is just the same. You are looked at differently than the average Joe. Your life is brought into people’s living rooms as they cheer when you succeed and yell when you fail. They buy jerseys with your number on them and you become an idol to 7 year old boys. This doesn’t happen to the average Joe. Maybe you did not ask for this public scrutiny, you just go to work like the rest of us. However, you are not the rest of us. You are in the public eye and that is what allows you to earn the salary you earn. Without the public viewers you would not be the hero to that 7 year old and driving a fancy car living in a fancy house.
Now you have kids looking up to you, wearing your jersey, wondering why you are not playing when they show up to the game and their parents trying to figure out what to say.
I hate this whole thing. I wish it had been handled better and am confident the NFL will figure out some way to balance ‘due process’ and horrible accusations/actions with these guys employment, rights and public profile. It will never be black and white but they’ll get something figured out. They have to.