It’s week number two of the NFL, and there has already been some bad headlines plaguing the league. First there was the Ray Rice video that came out months ago showing him dragging his unconscious wife out of an elevator to last week’s video of what happened in the elevator right before. Already due to the latest updates of that situation, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league began to go into “foot in mouth” mode. Making the just two game suspension, a suspension indefinitely followed by a bunch of press conferences involving the league, Ravens organization, plus Rice and his wife.
The interesting thing in all of that situation was the sheer fact that Rice’s wife quickly came to his defense. Upon that decision, media began to dissect the reasons why they would stay in a relationship involving such domestic abuse. From CNN’s Anderson 360 to ESPN to the three major networks, it seemed to bring up the problem of domestic violence once again.
As you can tell, this includes Keith Olbermann commenting on how Commissioner Goodell handled this Ray Rice situation.
However, there may be a good thing out of this Ray Rice situation. It has prompted Adrian Peterson of the Vikings to turn himself in for the “possible” child abuse he has committed. The issue beyond the violence itself seems to be the profile these players have built for themselves causing the league to think more about marketability than reputation. Hence, the mistakes Commissioner Goodell has made in acting in a urgent manner.
There seems to be a snowball effect in announcements of violence in NFL though. The latest being Greg Hardy of the Panthers being deactivated as week 2 was well underway. It has been said that NFL or American Football is violent in itself, but when domestic and child abuse enter the picture, there is a problem with said sport. Let’s leave you with the following video of ESPN anchor Hannah Storm emotionally making her own remarks on this tumultuous time with violence in NFL.