Athletes have a unique role to play in triggering attitudinal change regarding violence against women. When they are instigators of this behavior, it sends a message that it is somehow acceptable because our heroes are involved.
It's time for our institutions to scrap their crisis communication plans when it comes to violence against women, and replace them with real plans to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.
In its tone-deaf punishment against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, it not only failed to match the punishment to the crime, it failed all those in our communities nationwide who rally against domestic violence.
How can the NFL not take intimate partner violence at least as seriously as drug use or corruption? This is institutional impunity, pure and simple.
The punishment should not simply fit the crime. It should be instrumental in avoiding its repetition anywhere, anytime, by anyone. Rice and the NFL can be instrumental in making that happen.
"I'm not cheap ok, I think every person should coupon. If you have the opportunity to save money, why wouldn't you?" Words to live by from an unexpected source, a three-time NFL Pro Bowler.
Like Lebron James, the NBA appears dedicated to setting a proper example. Like Johnny Football, the NFL has continually skirted responsibility for its actions and realities.
How could she, as his zealously anti-gay religious mentor and self-avowed "demon buster," possibly tolerate his "evolving" on something that is so fundamental to her belief system? But if it's truly the case that he's evolved, Tyree can let us all know that he completely disavows her radical views on homosexuality.
It is a sports culture built around masculinity that has run amok, so out of control that allows for and defends Ray Rice's assaults, Stephen A. Smith's blame of women, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game punishment.
There is no question that scientific investigations related to concussions and head and brain injury among current and aspiring NFL players should occur. But there is another largely ignored population within the NFL suffering head injury, concussions and related trauma
As the NFL pre-season is about to commence, one thing is inevitable: the national and local media will be unable to resist the temptation of calling the Jets a circus. There's one problem with this stereotype: It has nothing to do with reality.
A real leader acknowledges quickly that rules must often change immediately. A real leader of the NFL better understand the role of violence in that sport -- its uses, its value, its expressions, and its costs.
This week provided some notable examples of Crime and Punishment in modern America. First, football star Ray Rice received a two-game suspension for knocking unconscious his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator. His coach promptly proclaimed Rice "a heck of a guy." Earlier in the week, Lane Johnson, another NFL player, was suspended four games for taking a performance enhancing drug -- a transgression apparently twice as bad, in the NFL's eyes, as beating up your soon-to-be-wife. In Arizona, the execution of murderer Joseph Wood went seriously awry, leaving him gasping for air for close to two hours before dying. Despite this grotesque death, Gov. Jan Brewer declared that Wood "did not suffer," but didn't explain how she could possibly know this. And, finally, there was a very different kind of punishment served up for our entertainment as the trailer for Fifty Shades of Gray was released, attracting nearly 7 million views in just 24 hours. Somewhere, the Marquis de Sade is smiling.
At what point will drafting an openly gay player no longer be described as risky because of the alleged distraction?
How exactly is a homophobe supposed to carry out the job of director of player development? How is a gay player on the Giants supposed to react to this if he is thinking about coming out or is experiencing anti-gay harassment on the team?
For Keith Mitchell, what started as a way to get out of going to church with his parents turned into a successful career.