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Is The NFL’s New Policy on Domestic Violence a Publicity Stunt?

Is The NFL’s New Policy on Domestic Violence a Publicity Stunt?

On the heels of Ray Rice’s two game suspension for assaulting his then girlfriend, now wife, another NFL player has been suspended from the league, but this time for the entire 2014 season.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon’s offense?

Smoking marijuana.

Let me get this straight. Violently assaulting a woman equates to a two game suspension, but failing a drug test amounts to an entire year on the bench?

No matter where your moral compass stands on smoking pot, I think we can all agree that beating your girlfriend up so badly that she is rendered unconscious is a far worse crime.

Perhaps not too surprisingly, just a few days after the fallout of this decision, which was stacked on top of the prior controversy regarding Rice’s lenient suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come out with a lengthy statement on how the NFL can do better.

We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didnít get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.

In addition to admitting fault, Goodell has, effective immediately, instituted a revamped domestic violence policy which punishes first time offenders with a six game suspension and second time offenders with a ban from the NFL for at least a year, after which an individual can petition for reinstatement.

While many have applauded the NFL for finally taking a stance on domestic violence, I for one am skeptical of the sincerity behind this announcement. After the incredible amount of bad press the league has received as they prepare to kick off the 2014 season, they would be crazy not to try to repair their image. After all, the NFL exists because of its fans and the public was overwhelmingly disappointed.

I have to wonder, had Gordon not been suspended so closely following the Rice scandal, would Goodell have even released this statement?

Sure his words sounds well intentioned, but the pessimistic side of me can’t help but think it’s just an attempt at getting some good press to outweigh all the criticism. With such a large platform and millions of fans to educate, I certainly hope I’m wrong

What do you think?

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12:56AM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

Applause to Robert V- (& only just started reading comments..) True, re: liquor sponsors...true worse than porn in some ways. Football (most sports) are just simulated war- as if we needed more violence or CONFLICT in this F*king world!!!!! The "Victim's Advocate" system does nothing- I know 1sthand (hadn't broken a bone in my 45 yrs until my ex assaulted last year- He spent ONE night in jail, no fines, NOTHING. Every time I think the world's making promising strides there's one more reminder of the Boys' Club (athletes or not). So disgusted about the subject I could puke.

1:18PM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Howdy all,

Seems the "powers that be at C2C have deleted a few of my posts. As I don't condone censorship, I can't see a reason to continue discussing things on this thread.

Alisha W: If you'd like to continue to chat, send me a private email

The the dictators at C2C can't delete that

11:05AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

I SAY THIS RULE SHOULD CROSS ALL AVENUES OF SOCIETY.......

10:40AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Why is nothing being done to find out what causes a man to commit domestic violence against a woman and cure him of all of the problems that cause him to commit domestic violence against a woman in the first place?

9:49AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

I am told that the game of football has many, many female fans. These women need to make their feelings and opinions known with action. E-mail the owners, and speak out on social media. My Facebook page is full of football news. I haven't seen one post on this issue. Where are the men? Didn't they find this violence revolting and appalling. I don't think this is the image that the NFL wants to project.

8:44AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

This is the first time I have exhausted myself reading the comments.

7:29AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Oh yes Alisha, from "wehuntedthemammoth" and Anita Sarkeesian, I saw lots of truly deranged posts but no mention of where they were from. Would you know where those quotes are coming from? Appreciate it

No doubt there are truly sick and demented people, like Elliott who seemed to read more from Valerie Solanas than anything I've seen on AVFM, but men are not the only ones who are violent or espouse violence

Later, I have to go put a roof on the shed, drink beer and do other manly things ;)

Yeah, I tell my daughters that and they roll their eyes too!

Ciao

7:26AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Oh yes Alisha, from "wehuntedthemammoth" and Anita Sarkeesian, I saw lots of truly deranged posts but no mention of where they were from. Would you know where those quotes are coming from? Appreciate it

No doubt there are truly sick and demented people, like Elliott who seemed to read more from Valerie Solanas than anything I've seen on AVFM, but men are not the only ones who are violent or espouse violence

Later, I have to go put a roof on the shed, drink beer and do other manly things ;)

Yeah, I tell my daughters that and they roll their eyes too!

Ciao

6:49AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Save yourself the trouble and head over to NPR. There was a nice argument last night in the comments section of the all things considered section. I think you will find everything you need there, plus the facts discrediting the MRA movement. I'm not saying they don't have some very valad points, but I just can't get into a movement led by a man who went on national TV 20 years ago to talk about the "Benefits of Incestious Father Daughter Relationships" as Warren Farrell has done.

2:27AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Don't worry Alisha W: I don't have a ready list of where to go for MRA/Feminist dust ups. I usually argue Vaccinations, that the GOP is ruining the US, support equal rights, etc. I really never knew just how far down the rabbit hole the feminist movement has gone

The link to the AVFM forum is where you can read some of the feminist attacks. I don't know the feminist Reddit accounts, yet. Don't confuse my not knowing where to go for anything other than what it is

I will admit that you are going to find more males being idiots. Testosterone we do that. It's great for conflicts not great for conversations

Don't worry, I will provide them. As I am a newby to this debate, I don't have the one-sided lists as you do where I can go and get the sound bites

I prefer more factual lists than a bunch of posts from anonymous sources which may be some of their own "making a point"

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