C: Cowardice, Clarity, and a Code of Conduct

C: Cowardice, Clarity, and a Code of Conduct

The NFL is all tangled up over a rash of recent incidents featuring pro football players beating the hell out of someone who could not pose a physical risk. Why the Confusion?

Question 1: Is it appropriate for a man to assault a woman, especially his lover or wife? NO Question 2: is it appropriate for a man to use a weapon (belt, stick, branch etc.) to produce bruises and welts all over the kid’s body including in his groin, all in the name of discipline? NO

If these football players were car salesmen they would be jailed and unemployed. Because they have athletic skills the league gets the two questions wrong. Suspend the men without pay until it is adjudicated in court. Then, if one or more is acquitted give them their back pay. When faced with a scandalous child abuse case Penn State did everything wrong to protect the felon—I decided they asked the Catholic bishops how to handle the affair. Yes, I am Catholic. It looks like the NFL’s PR specialists are asking for advice from the Ferguson Police.

Football, especially pro football presents the ultra macho men and does everything possible to make them role models.

A MAN does not need to beat up his wife or son. Spouses protect one another, or they should. See, it’s not complicated.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heyannis
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 00:20:16

    Exactly, Terry. Well said. There is no excuse. Thank you. xoA

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  2. joanraymondwriting
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 21:19:14

    Terry, As easy as it is for us to see through this mess and figure out the truth, money and owners of the teams get in the way of justice. Great commentary. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Mandy Wallace
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 05:43:09

    Why do they get off so easy? What’s getting in the way? It can’t just be that they have money for the cleverest attorneys. Or maybe it is.

    Maybe it’s in their contracts that they lose pay only when they’re legally found guilty. Which I guess would make sense in the case of someone being falsely accused. But when they *are* guilty and just aren’t *found* guilty…

    Ugh, what a mess.

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  4. Anna Stewart
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:25:24

    Second reference to these issues today. I think I’ve been under a rock or something as I haven’t been following this bit of news. Sorta glad to have missed it. Never understood how anyone could justify hitting kid or spouse. People! Sigh.

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  5. JasmineDLowe
    Sep 27, 2014 @ 19:50:58

    “If these football players were car salesmen they would be jailed and unemployed.” This is probably one of the most important things that you mentioned. Everyone involved in both of these cases knew that abusing anyone is wrong, but they chose to cover it up and sweep everything under the rug because the abusers were famous athletes and are often treated like they are above the law.

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  6. Joan Lindsay Kerr
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 06:46:17

    Amen to all of the above! (I love that you are using multiple words using the letter of the day!)

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