Will someone please alert me to what is happening with the sport of football? It seems that as violent a sport as it can be, some players seem to be taking out their aggressions on their women. A recent report had Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer brought up on charges that he head butted and beat his wife. Just recently there were similar charges brought against players Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, and Ray Rice. Is this something that is just now starting to happen or is this an epidemic that has actually been commonplace for a long while? Often football is a sport where anger is often promoted to get better results from players on the field. If you are going to block against another player, it helps if you have anger on your side. I have watched football practices where coaches would get in the faces of their players so badly that you could see the anger immediately afterwards. All of that is fine “ON” the field, but when the game is over you are not supposed to bring that energy home to use against a woman. Ray Rice is currently appealing an indefinite suspension from football through the players union. For those who saw the video taken inside an Atlantic City casino Rice hit his then fiance so hard that she was knocked unconscious for minutes as he dragged her body off the elevator. It is quite possible that these altercations were just “isolated incidents.” However, Jonathan Dwyer’s assault took place this July. Here is the article:
If this incident is just being brought to light now then how far back should we go to find even “more” issues of domestic violence against football players? Is it possible that a LOT more incidents have happened but they have just been conveniently “swept under the rug?” I think it is quite ironic to find 4 cases like this involving football players in the short span of the past few months. If someone can find a correlation between professional football players and violence committed against women that has long existed, what will that do for the very sport itself? Right now commissioner Goodell has been under fire for covering up the Rice incident. Is it quite possible that he has covered up many more? Domestic violence should be inexcusable under ANY circumstance, and it should not make any difference at all whether the player involved is a marquee player or not. The video with Ray Rice was an absolutely ugly thing to watch. If the sport cannot protect women then should the sport itself be protected? I am hoping that all charges of abuse and assault end here, but somehow in the back of my mind I can’t help but think that Pandora’s box has not been “opened.” Let’s pray that that this sport won’t be further tainted by any more charges of this sort. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.
Actress Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly