First, it’s a bad couple of weeks for the NFL. The problem seems to be delayed reaction at the behest of public scrutiny, to several “news” items (news in quotes because they’re not news…). But I want to say that there’s a difference in all the incidents. Several of them included girl-friend beating or wife-beating, or woman-beating. And one included disciplining a child. And there’s the difference.
I’m not saying that any of them are bad men. I think it’s hard for people earning a living in violence to really leave it in ‘the office’. I also think that having loads of money affects people. Nobody needs loads of money. And sometimes, when you have loads of money, it’s hard to figure out what to do with it. You can buy a nice house for your family members because they sacrificed to help you get where you are. You can buy a big fish tank and be on television in the off-season. But when all that bores you, you can go be an outlaw. Speeding through traffic, out until 4 a.m., and so on. And because you live your life in public, you have cameras all around, and any little mis-step can be filmed and exposed on TMZ. No thanks.
At any rate, Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson is one of the faces of the NFL, despite the fact that he has had seven children by seven different mothers, none of whom he’s married to. One was killed by the mother’s boy-friend, a child Adrian never met. Adrian disciplined his four-year-old child, and granted, the child could have done with a spanking, and be done. I don’t know, though, that he deserves to be indicted for anything. I don’t believe he did anything criminal. He made a mistake-he went overboard in disciplining his child. My dad went ballistic on me once. And there’s times I wish there was discipline in some of the kids I’ve seen. Unfortunately, there’s not.
Family discipline is a private thing. Any adult looks bad spanking a child. So it’s private. That the public has pictures of the incident is…disturbing.
I really have mixed feelings about all this stuff going on. I believe teams should hold their players responsible for their behavior. I also don’t believe in ‘paid’ separation from the team. And I believe that, if a player gets in trouble with the law, the player needs to inform the team, and the team needs to immediately remove the player from the roster. And the NFL needs to enforce that, to a T.
I also believe that it’s time for Roger Goodell to step down. His judgement is lacking, and he’s detracting from the entertainment of the NFL. Being a player, or a participant in the NFL is something many people dream of, and it should be a privilege to be associated with it. There needs to be a zero-strikes policy, based on some common criteria. We also need to decriminalize the NFL.
I will admit, I’m short on what should be done. Because it appears that Ray Rice told the Commissioner exactly what happened, and should be rewarded for his honesty in the face of some embarrassing circumstances. I mean you pay for your crime, but maybe the NFL should pay for his counseling…There needs to be a system, though. The NFL is not good for people who lack moral character.