Tuesday, September 9, 2014
"Think of how dumb the average person is,
and realize half of them are dumber than that"
- George Carlin
Many of my readers will write this off as a football post, but it is a reflection of how gullible the American public is.
The Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract and the N.F.L. indefinitely suspended him after explicit video of Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiancée in an elevator in February was released.
Both the team and the league expressed shock at the video.
Most major media outlets applauded the actions taken by both the team and the league.
The N.F.L. said that during its investigation into the case, it had not seen the more graphic video.
The league said Tuesday in a statement that it had asked law enforcement officials for “any and all information about the incident, including any video that may exist” and “that video was not made available to us, and no one in our office saw it until yesterday.”
America seemed to applaud the fact that justice had been served.
Keep in mind that in no way do I condone abuse (I grew up in a time when a man simply did not hit a woman for any reason), and let’s forget that I struggle with work punishing you for something you do off the premises and unrelated to your work.
The league had said it initially suspended Rice for two games in part because prosecutors had dropped the felony assault charge against Rice in favor of court-supervised counseling.
I’d agree the punishment seemed light compared to their penalties for other infractions unreleated to the game, but I can see the train of thought.
In fact, the young lady obviously forgave Rice and felt the counseling had merit-she still married him!
But the team, the lague, and most of America is acting shocked at a video of Rice punching and knocking the young lady out!
Goodell (NFL commissioner) is blaming the New jersey criminal justice system for the league’s “lack of understanding of the severity of the case.”
What a crock!
We all saw a video of Rice dragging the unconscious woman off the elevator months ago.
What did these idiots think happened on the elevator?
Did they think Rice growled at her and she fainted?
Is him punching her and knocking her out really such a surprise turn of events?
Understand-I am not questioning either disciplinary measure-it’s the feigned surprise by both the team and the league, that no one could have prediceted the contents of the video released yesterday.
Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens-you both made decisions a month or so ago that put football first.
Then when public opinion turned on you, you did not stand behind your decision. So you hung Rice out to dry by cancelling his contract and suspending him.
So I do not applaud you for “doing the right thing.”
Nor do I applaud Nike, who cut ties with Rice, or EA Sports, who removed Rice from their 2015 edition of the Madden NFL video game.
I know that these are just bullshit public relations moves.
If the league and the team really cared about Rice, they'd help him seek out more counseling (if needed) and stand behind him. The only person who seemed sincere in this whole fiasco was the Ravens coach, who maintained his offer of support to Rice.
The rest of America may be kissing your asses but it's because of what George Carlin says in the quote that opens this post.
Which is why this blog has seen so little activity of late. I feel like I am wasting my time.
The few people who regularly read and comment really no not need to read anything I have to post-they already read most of the sites and publications I do.
The rest of America does not want to think about the reality that is going on around us.
It would take away from football viewing.
Which you can now do Thursday nights through Monday nights.
That does not leave a lot of time for thought and reflection on the current state of affairs-it’s far easier just to drink the Kool-Aid.
Now excuse me-I have to do my weekly picks and my fantasy roster. Because THAT'S what's important!