The NFL has been notorious for handing out ridiculous fines for mostly harmless acts including wearing wrong colored socks (yes, seriously) and celebrating after a scoring drive. But this season they are taking it to new levels.
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Two things seem to be intersecting lately a lot more than they should – domestic violence and the NFL.
Women are not acknowledged enough or shown much respect in the sports world. This has gone on long enough.
The NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games after a report was found that he was aware of the deflation of footballs before the AFC Championship game in January.
The topic of domestic violence just doesn’t seem to stop coming up in the NFL.
Sarah Thomas will soon be on football fields alongside six other referees as the National Football League’s first full-time female official, but some doubt her ability to participate in a historically male-dominated sport simply because she is a woman.
Athletes are public figures. They should be role models and should not be allowed to play when they have criminal charges pending, whether they are women or men.
The National Football League and Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, need to realize the seriousness of inadequately handling the domestic-violence case against Ray Rice, and all involved need to face the repercussions of their actions.
When Michael Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams in this year’s NFL Draft, he made history by being the first openly gay player in professional football.
When NBA center Jason Collins openly came out as gay in April 2013, it was only a matter of time until more professional athletes would follow his example.