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Cover-up, Or Not, NFL Fans Will Keep Coming To Games

Updated on September 12, 2014

The NFL Is Too Big To Fail

I was listening to NFL channel on XM satellite radio the other day when a caller to the show ranted to hosts Bob Murray and former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon about being upset over how poorly the NFL has handled the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

As you almost certainly know by now Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back, was originally suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his attack of his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, whom he has since married.

It was learned at the very beginning that the attack left Palmer unconscious. That is why so many were critical of Goodell for suspending Rice for only two games. However, when TMZ recently released the actual video of Rice's brutal attack, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely, and the Ravens' cut him immediately.

The NFL maintains it did not see the actual attack until TMZ released the report. However, there are now news reports circulating that the league office did receive a copy of the tape months ago.

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/09/ray-rice-punch-video-sent-to-nfl-months-ago-according-to-police-106971.html

Now the NFL is facing accusations that it is involved in a cover-up, which really makes no sense. How, in this age of information and dissemination, did they ever think they could cover something like this up?

Suspending Rice indefinitely from the beginning is the punishment the NFL should have taken in the first place. If it had done so, none of the allegations and bad PR it is facing now would be an issue.

After all, common sense tells us that you don't need video to confirm if a professional athlete threw a punch hard enough to knock out a woman out, that it was an ugly, violent, and vicious, blow.

Now, back to the caller. He said he was a season ticket holder to the New York Giants, and an avid fan of the NFL. However, after this incident he said he has no longer has an interest in the NFL following these recent events.

But I am certain he is in the minority.

The NFL has its fans addicted to the sport. it is virtually fail proof. At Thursday's game between the Ravens and their hated rival, Pittsburgh, there were several Ravens fans wearing their Ray Rice No. 27 jerseys. ESPN interviewed some of the Rice supporters and they all gave their various reasons for standing by him.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/plenty-women-ray-rice-jerseys-ravens-game-article-1.1936988


The NFL is the most powerful entertainment entity in the world. Hell, It has its own television network, and marketing and advertising resources second to none. Its product is exciting, captivating, and violent, with a tradition that dates back decades. Men, women and children of all races, creeds, and colors, flock to this game.

Now, there may be some heads to roll in New York, which is where the NFL offices are located. And if that happens Goodell's should be the first to go. His mishandling of this entire matter has led the league down this road of embarrassment. This matter occurred on his watch, and whether he saw the video or not, he knew something very bad happened and should've suspended Rice indefinitely from the beginning.

But the National Football League is a machine. And it is going to take a lot more than allegations of a domestic abuse cover-up to bring the NFL down.

I assure you, this matter will not hurt ratings, advertising dollars or attendance. And if the Giants were somehow to get on the roll I bet the caller to the NFL show on XM will be the first one back on the Giants' bandwagon.



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    • George B Vieto profile image

      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      You could be right. People just like to control our thinking. Welcome to boot camp.

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      Rebecca Kathleene Motley, MD 3 years ago from MI

      It is cracking me up that all the libertarian right wingers are screeching with indignation the loudest..... LOL!! They want guns in church and school but want to control whatever happens in everyones home.

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      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      I know what you mean. The National Football League gives lip service to their claim they care for us.

    • Rebecca Motley profile image

      Rebecca Kathleene Motley, MD 3 years ago from MI

      George, Think you may be right! This has got to be the most clueless PR team the NFL has ever had.

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      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      The head coach of the Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera decided to deactivate Kevin Hardy before the football game today. The National Football League must believe in the slogan "Bad publicity is good publicity."

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      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      Rickey I lived in the New Orleans area for 31 years before I moved to another city in 2009. I remember the late Buddy Diliberto on W WL 870 am radio. New Orleans reminded me of my country of birth the Republic of Panama.

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      Rebecca Kathleene Motley, MD 3 years ago from MI

      Yep.... I I don't know Kevin Hardy's wife's name. And she is probably thanking Jesus!! There are things that are private in this world. Just sayin'

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      Rickey Hampton 3 years ago from Detroit, Mi.

      While Ray Rice is suspended, Carolina's Kevin Hardy is still playing despite being convicted of domestic abuse......lolhttp://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/10/516585...

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      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      I understand your point Rebecca. The reporters today have no decency today reporting the news.

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      Rickey Hampton 3 years ago from Detroit, Mi.

      LOL....they should have, Rebecca!

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      Rebecca Kathleene Motley, MD 3 years ago from MI

      Rickey Hampton--- did they name the pancake joint after you....LOL!!

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      Rebecca Kathleene Motley, MD 3 years ago from MI

      Good point George.....but easier said than done I bet when you are 5 months pregnant and your husband is newly unemployed and the friggin' press keeps trying to look up your skirt! She must feel sooooo violated.

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      Rickey Hampton 3 years ago from Detroit, Mi.

      George, I use to live in NOLA. Listened to Buddy Dee complain about the Saints on 870 am..... Rick's Pancakes on Canal and the Camillia Grill, just a few of the places I loved!!

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      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      Rebecca I hate to say this but the NFL is a huge business. The powers that be are not to kill the goose that lays the Golden Eggs. Reporters on television today are nothing but crap making fun of sports stars like pro wrestlers or former track and field star Florence Griffith-Joyner. People who make fun of the deaths of people that are on their love list are sick human beings. I agree with Janay that the media used her to get ratings. I just hate it when the media hates former boxer Roberto Duran because he quit in the middle of a boxing match in 1980 in New Orleans. If I were Janay wipe her tears off of her face and keep moving forward with her life. You cannot prevent idiots from hurting you but you can prevent them from making your life a living nightmare.

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      Rebecca Kathleene Motley, MD 3 years ago from MI

      Sad to say but I believe you are correct. Joy Reid made the point that fans are culpable because they continue to support the NFL. I think it may be different than that from the perspective of the fans.

      Some of us don't think we own the lives of public figures just because they are so visible to us and when you show us the ugly underbelly of their lives we cringe. Some little voice in our head thanks God almighty no one exposed us like that and we secretly want it to go away! There but for the grace of God is screeching at us from every news cast!

      That perspective is VERY different that being against domestic violence or for women's safety and independence! I am, and have been for decades, an avowed feminist who deplores domestic violence in ALL of it's hideous forms, but I am NOT delusional! I know that a good percentage of the owners are violent with their families, so are a good percentage of the reporters waving their banners of outrage and fueling the "fire everyone for this" flames. It is as though too many dost protest too much if you ask me.

      Thus, I am rather sickened by the peer pressure for everyone to jump on the indignation band wagon! I want to shout -- 'Shut up! You knew this stuff was happening and have done JACK to quell it all these years! Your red faced anger and burning jerseys did not help the women who were beaten to death in this country LAST NIGHT and you don't give a hoot! Your energy being otherwise expended! Go sit down somewhere!'

      I hate that this woman's right to her privacy has been totally disrespected. I hate that 100% of the journalists I have seen handling this have used paternalistic, patronizing tones to 'poo poo' her pleas for privacy. I hate that importantly trained, competent professionals have scrambled like pigeons in a popcorn feeding frenzy by a park bench and have blustered and billowed and bloviated ad nauseum with not real goal or plan other than to be paid .... handsomely.... in either cash or public visibility.

      I could share more of my thoughts but I will sit down and shut up now like the good little girl my mother wished I was..... before I get booted from hub pages on some hidden moral clause. LOL!!

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      George Bernard Vieto 3 years ago from Lake Charles Louisiana

      You are correct. In New Orleans it is only game in town outside of the New Orleans Pelicans and the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team. The N F L will have their p r people put a positive spin of this incident.

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