September 23, 2014
The great philosopher Voltaire once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Unfortunately, the National Football league forgot that quote.
After the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, the NFL has been forced to deal with controversy. Ray Rice hit his then-fiancée Janay Palmer and dragged her out a Revel Casino elevator in Atlantic City. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for two games, which many read as a slap in the face to stopping domestic violence.
Vikigns RB Adrian Peterson was indicted for “whipping a child with a tree branch.” He turned himself in to Texas authorities and cooperated. But that wasn’t enough, nor should it be. The time for Goodell to lay down some law and order was now. However, we don’t have that.
Goodell held a press conference on September 19 that led to disappointment by fans, players and the media. He did not deliver what we as fans wanted to hear. He dodged questions and kept offering vague solutions instead of attacking the problems at hand.
The league deserved more; in fact, the victims of these crimes deserve more.
Granted, these four players aren’t the only ones to commit crimes in the NFL. Tank Johnson, Donte Stallworth and Lawrence Taylor are some of the names that have been on the wrong side of the law. The problem lies with the timing: enough is enough.
The NFL has turned a blind eye too many times. And now it’s come back to bite them. The league cannot sustain itself through old philosophies. All they can do is weather the storm while adapting to a new generation of fans and multimedia.
Maybe that’s the wrong call. Maybe they need to CHANGE who they are outside the gridiron and step into the light. Maybe…no, they must become better.
Everyone’s questioning them and no answers have been given. The NFL needs to hurry. Otherwise, there won’t be many fans left. It may not happen overnight, but the tide is turning. The NFL needs to fix their issues in-house before the decline happens. The time is now for the National Football League to rise and become proactive when dealing with their athletes.
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