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The National F-Up League


So now the NFL has an issue with “alleged” forceable rape? What, do they want these guys to be priests?… oh, wait.  That’s a bad analogy.

The truth is that there’s been a problem with the NFL for years, and it’s reached epidemic proportions.  Ten years ago, I read a book “The Pros and Cons of the NFL,” and it pointed out that the complications of player personnel have been ongoing: In 1996-1997, a full third of the NFL’s 1,500+ players had a criminal record.  Arrests included two for homicide, seven for rape, four for kidnapping, 45 for domestic violence and so on.

The new NFL Commisioner, Roger Goodell, has a reputation of being tough, but the truth is he’s had several issues of leniency:

  • Michael Vick got a two game suspension after spending 23 months in custody.
  • Pacman Jones has been arrested 10 times, at least three club brawls, two hotel brawls, drug trafficking. While Goodell said a lifetime ban remained a possibility, he only had a four game suspension.
  • Donte Stallworth killed a guy after being “legally under the influence.” He did 24 days in jail, and had two more years under “house arrest.” He got a one-year suspension from the National Football League, but according to my math, he’s served it already and is eligible to play while he’s still “in custody” on house arrest.  In Stallworth’s defense, he seems like a stand-up guy. Facts of the case are that the victim “ran out in front of the car” on a 50-MPH street. He made the 911 call himself,  stayed on the scene, compensated the family and seems truly remorseful.

What Roethlisberger did wasn’t even technically a crime as the DA is not pursuing charges, but it’s probably even worse.  Why does a rich, reasonably handsome two-time Super Bowl-winning athlete feel the need to force himself on a drunk, under-drinking-age girl in a small town?  It’s not only “poor conduct,” it’s creepy.  Just how bad has it gotten for Big Ben?  The Raiders don’t want him!

The problem is pervasive in Football, but athletes and their sense of entitlement is obviously not limited to the NFL.  There’s Tiger and his extra-marital affairs, Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton and the guns, and the UFC’s “Rampage” Jackson’s high-speed chase, and more instances than entries in Marcy’s blog.

But at least we are sending a strong message to all the kids in this nation: If you force yourself on an incoherent girl in a bar-room bathroom, you might have to skip work for a few weeks.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    04/22/2010 6:38 pm

    wow. what do you mean you’re uninspired? Let your righteous indignation do the inspiring!
    Send this to hard copy publishers!

  2. 04/24/2010 12:21 pm

    Seriously. You are bagging on the frequency of my posts? Ha ha ha. I know it is annoying huh?

    Sometimes I can’t help myself.

    If I think it. I post it.


    Seriously- this is a well written post. You are really are a great writter. Even if it is about stupid ol sports.


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