The NFL's latest challenge with transparency is nothing new, particularly when it comes to women and women's causes. I have fought for full disclosure from the NFL and its charitable activities for several years, most specifically from its Crucial Catch program they claim supports breast cancer organizations.
By suspending Mr. Simmons, ESPN has demonstrated that, like the NFL, it too places a higher priority on profits than on sending a proper message about domestic violence and in essence condones the shielding of domestic violence perpetrators.
Even the most avid tailgaters are guilty of making this simple "newbie" mistake: they always forget something.
Amidst the unrelenting furor surrounding the NFL and domestic violence the past three weeks, a critically important story concerning football, and all collision sports slipped by virtually unnoticed.
When it comes to crafting an effective solution to a problem that most assuredly sits squarely within our lived reality, as Black women, we somehow find ourselves still pushed aside and overtly confined to a narrow space of irrelevancy. Even when it's our voices that remain necessary to make it right. No more.
Is this too much to ask for?
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway wealth inequality. An indifference to workers' health. Employees who are above the law. Hush-hush financing. Multimillion-dollar tax breaks. We're not talking about America's top corporations. We're talking about the NFL.
The rituals of Sunday afternoon have become integrated into our culture. And when there is negative news, even if it involves the NFL, where do fans turn? They turn to the actual games for the excitement and respite from day-to-day life.
With millions of dollars at stake in lost revenue, NFL players are actually behaving themselves much better than the average population.
When Jameel McClain readies for the snap behind the New York Giants' defensive line, the imposing 6-foot-1-inch, 250-pound linebacker knows his task is to stop some of the most talented offensive players in the league.
The twitterverse has already begun scoffing at ESPN's clear conflict of interest between reporting on sports "news" and being a partner with the sports whose programming it carries.
Steve Spurrier's squad is averaging 36.8 points-per-game while allowing 36.0. Accounting for competition, South Carolina evaluates as having a top 20 run and pass offense from an efficiency standpoint.
One of the causes of the bigotry and discrimination in sports is the stereotyping of young Black males as "athletes or nothing."
It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech.
Charles Martin. Mark that name down in your head as it is one you are going to hear more and more about in the literary world. Martin is the author of ten novels including his latest A Life Intercepted and with each book his talent is more pronounced.