In response to the National Football League's (NFL) recently released revamped Personal Conduct Policy for players and other employees that was ratifi...
Comparing how quickly activists came together to form the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements in the '60s, to current sprouting social movements fueled by hashtags like #ICantBreathe, one can observe the exponential amplification value that social media serves in activism today.
The next group of prospective NFL Draft prospects and veteran free agents will be the most heavily scrutinized athletes ever. Character and personal issues will take on a foremost role in making draft decisions.
It could be the case that the concussive damage NFL players suffer in games and in practices increases the risk that they will engage in domestic violence. Were that proven to a reasonable certainty, the NFL would bear the moral, and perhaps legal, responsibility for creating that menace.
Signing Ray Rice at this time could be seen as condoning his misdeed. It would certainly attract an avalanche of media attention. A team could expect that the story line of its push for the playoffs would be dwarfed by Rice stories.
Why not invest in a new society that's safer and fairer, that reduces the threats posed by hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos?
Consistency can be overrated, but if the public is inclined to crush the career of an athlete who beats his wife, it should also be willing to ignore Mailer's books and turn a blind eye to Picasso paintings.
Domestic violence month has come to a close and the calls to action spurred by the Ray Rice scandal have been hushed, but the tragic tide of domestic violence continues to sweep our nation.
Lurie, when asked at Philadelphia Magazine's Thinkfest conference, argued that football is not dangerous at the NFL level, despite the record $870 million settlement that the NFL agreed to pay former players.
The dramatic circumstances of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases raise the issue of which aspects of an athlete's private life should be subject to public awareness and judgment.
For those who wonder why the owners have supported Goodell through the recent missteps and blunders it is only necessary to look at what the labor settlement and television contracts have done to team values. A lot of money has been delivered to the owners by Roger Goodell's achievements.
Nothing good for "number 27" will come out of this proceeding. On the other hand, for those men and women who are victims of domestic violence, the public attention focused by the Rice proceeding might make more people aware of this societal scourge.
After not seeing a single carry against the Tennessee Titans, Blount walked off the field before the game was over, seemingly giving up on caring what would happen the rest of the game. But most Patriots fans don't care, as long as he produces on the field.
There is a fine blurred line between humor and taking it too far, a line which members of our society today continue to cross.
As long as sports are interesting to viewers, leagues turn a blind eye and players fail to hold their peers accountable. Ultimately, the responsibility to ostracize those who systematically abuse their positions as superstars and act above the law falls upon the fans.
I'm very worried about being a New York Jets fan. I'm not talking about the usual nonsense of what it is to be a Jets fan but, the usual nonsense of being a complete pessimist the day after the draft.