Football: a great American game in which grown men collide with each other, where toughness and consistency are rewarded.
They are two attributes that the NFL admires and welcomes. However, it’s also a pair of traits that the league is lacking when it comes to handing down punishments for domestic violence cases.
The most recent incident involves New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, who was recently re-signed by the team, despite the franchise’s knowledge about his pending domestic violence arrest.
The league, which claims to be more strict towards these type of offenders after the Ray Rice case, handed the 37-year old kicker a measly one-game suspension. On top of that, Giants owner John Mara has publicly defended his kicker and the rationale behind keeping him on the team despite the knowledge of possible domestic violence.
The Giants knew about his arrest and the circumstances surrounding this issue. To voluntarily keep him along when there is an abundance of kickers in free agency is morally reckless. It’s irresponsible.
Congratulations Roger Goodell, John Mara, and the New York Giants, for helping the NFL drop the ball once again when it comes to dealing with these type of issues. You haven’t done a spectacular job of policing these cases and with each claim and revised rule to show promise — you take three steps back. (more…)