It’s been another bad offseason for the National Football League. After last offseason’s Aaron Hernandez scandal, it seemed as if it really couldn’t get any worse, but this year appears to be landing even more punches, giving the league one black eye after another, which is not a good look for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his 44.2 million dollar salary.
Dealing with the Miami Dolphin’s Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin drama for a majority of the season wasn’t good, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon as more and more information from the investigation is being released. On top of that, Incognito checked himself into a psych hospital on Thursday night, a day after violently smashing his own Ferrari, citing his “severe mental stress” as the reason.
From the psychotic rage of Incognito, it gets even worse with the alleged spousal abuse by Ray Rice. The Ravens running back was recently charged with an assault-domestic violence charge and is seen on video dragging his unconscious fiance, Janay Palmer, through an Atlantic City casino.
Police say that they have also obtained a video of Rice actually knocking Palmer out, but the video has not been released to the public. Palmer was also charged with simple assault-domestic violence. Rice claims that she tried to cause him bodily harm by striking him with her hand.
Yet still, the NFL’s bad offseason somehow continues to get even worse with the disturbing allegations surrounding former Pro Bowler and current NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper. Sharper has been accused of raping nine women and drugging 11 in five states and the accusations seem to keep on coming. As of Friday’s newest allegations, Sharper has turned himself in to the Los Angeles police. If convicted, Sharper is facing up to life in prison without parole.
Yet with all of these negative headlines, the NFL brings even more negativity on itself with talks of banning the use of the “N-Word”. After centuries of white people referring to African-American people as this heinous word, suddenly white people are so uncomfortable by the word that they want to ban it altogether? No. That’s not it at all. The truth is that they don’t like the fact that it is no longer a word that is used to simply inflict pain.
ESPN’s Michael Wilbon recently expressed his views on the topic:
“You’re gonna have a league with no black owners and a white commissioner – middle-aged and advanced-aged white men – say to black players, mostly – because that’s what we’re talking about, you can’t use the N-word on the field of play, or we’re gonna penalize you.” Wilbon then went on to say, “I’ve got a massive problem with that. I know there are black men of the same age who say no, you’ve got to take this word out of the workplace. I understand that. But I don’t want it enforced like this.”
Nobody has any right to ban a word from an entire culture, especially one that they aren’t even a part of. And why is there only an issue with one particular word? What about homophobic slurs? Religious slurs? Other racial slurs? If one word is banned, why not ban them all?
It’s a moot point. When there are assaults, rapes, and murders being committed by your employees, the NFL has bigger fish to fry considering yet another bad offseason. If the NFL doesn’t want the public hearing offensive language from their “role models,” then they shouldn’t stick a microphone in front of an adrenaline-fueled 20-something-year-old egotistical millionaire’s face. They aren’t fazed by the 10,000 dollar fines.
Opinion by Rich Peters
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