NFL—stay the hell out of it

In my last blog, I promised an explanation so here it is. In my opinion, the NFL really stepped in it. Trying to regulate morality is like trying to teach a dog not to sniff butts. Good luck. And if you need an example in human terms, Google “prohibition” laws. One word says it all. If you prohibit something, people will find away to do it. Now before you get your panties in a wade and say abuse is not the same as drinking, I understand that.

The point I’m trying to make is that if you are an abuser, making it illegal won’t stop you, and I have proof. Abuse is already illegal, and it still happens. Please keep in mind; I’m not saying that a spouse and/or child abuser should be given a free ride. What I’m saying is, this is the USA (at least for the time being), and a man or woman is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In the past, the NFL had it right when it came to players running afoul of the law. I’m pretty sure the basic policy was to withhold comment until after the judicial system had its turn. This is a very important position to have, and for good reason. If I were an attorney and my client, a NFL player was losing his case, the first thing I would do is file for a mistrial, and base it on the fact that the national jury pool was poisoned by negative publicity. Even if this type of case only goes before a judge and there is no jury, the same principle applies. Judges have to get reelected and who in their right mind would risk their career on something as obscure as an impartial decision? Not many.

As I said before, I think the NFL has really stepped in it with both feet, and knee-high. By suspending a player prior to a judicial decision, they are presuming guilt, and then advertising it. Judge and jury, and it’s dangerous. Ask yourself, where does it stop?

What if an NFL player making big money playing football, wasn’t in the NFL, but instead, was an engineer, or a taxi driver, or a cook at the local pizza shop. The engineer might be able to keep himself afloat for a few months without a paycheck, but the other two are probably in bad shape after two weeks (or whenever the rent is due). Should they be suspended from their job or worse, fired, just because a whacky ex-wife or an angry girlfriend pressed charges? The answer is, maybe, but that’s for the courts to decide.

Political correctness has a price; let’s see if the NFL has to pay up.

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