Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day Ten Part Six (?): Another Star Goes Under Scrutiny

The more I look at this, the more I am becoming certain that Pandora's Box is finally opening.

ESPN ran a feature on the Bears' Brandon Marshall (a staunch supporter of mental-health issues, even to the point of getting uniform fines a couple of times for trying to raise awareness) on it's E:60 program, and Brandon, as Deadspin points out, felt misrepresented.

He felt he was going to be promoting a camp for mental-health issues, and, instead, the E:60 feature pointed out Marshall's numerous domestic-violence scrapes of his own.  (As the picture on the article indicates, Marshall admits he's bipolar.)  Marshall sought help after his twelfth such scrape with domestic violence since he entered the NFL in 2006.

Though one can understand how "no one wants his name to appear next to Ray Rice's right now", as Kevin Draper put into the article, there's a chance this feature may put an end to Marshall's playing days.

According to Yardbarker and "11 Alive in Atlanta", Gloria Allred had a press conference stating her client, Rasheeda Watley, was assaulted by Marshall in 2006 and 2007.

Now, this might be no news to anybody, at least on surface, but Watley called Kristina Spivey forward to state Spivey had contacted Goodell after she and Watley both tried to get restraining orders against Marshall.

Goodell, it is claimed, covered it up.

So this now makes the seventh STAR PLAYER that either new allegations have come forward on or a cover-up has been alleged at the highest levels of the league.

Oh boy.

Day Ten Part Five: Abuse Victim on Vikings Says "LEAVE HIM ALONE! LET HIM PLAY!"

Just read it.  I'm putting it out there.  It's the classic "We need him to win.  LEAVE HIM ALONE!  LET HIM PLAY!!!  I got beat like that as a kid too..." meme.

Sports Gone Insane Day Ten Part Four: Stop Me If I'm Not Surprised This Guy Might Be Next...

Reggie Bush:  Open Mouth, Insert Entire Leg Up To Thigh.

Deadspin:  Boomer and Carton on WFAN had Reggie Bush on their show today.

It didn't go well for Bush:

"Bush is asked if he would ever discipline his kids the way Adrian Peterson did. Bush answered:
"I most definitely discipline my daughter. I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her. Obviously, every person is different, and I definitely will use my best judgement to discipline her depending on the situation and what happens. I definitely will try to obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her, but I definitely will discipline her, harshly, depending on what the situation is.""
Oh boy...  Could have another live one here...

Sports Gone Insane, Day Ten, Part Three: The Box Is Opened Some More

I really do feel that, given time, we are truly opening a Pandora's Box in this situation regarding the absolute marriage of football and violent abuse of all forms.

Grantland, today, did the NFL no favors with it's article:  "Together, We Make Football".

It goes into a list of NFL players (not nearly exhaustive) since 2005 who actually got caught in domestic violence:
  • January 1, 2005:  Willie Middlebrooks (DEN, traded to SF after the incident, SF glosses it over).  Grabbed girlfriend by the neck and lifted her off the ground -- pled guilty to a misdemeanor.  Played another year in the league in SF, returned to Denver, was cut, out of football two years, played in the CFL, retired in 2010. 
  • February 14, 2005:  Samari Rolle (FA).  Hit his wife, three stitches, pled guilty.  Fined one game check by the league.  Signed by the Ravens THREE WEEKS LATER.  Was on the Ravens four years, and a fifth in which he did not play.  Out of the league in 2010.
  • April 26, 2005:  Brad Hopkins (TEN).  Choked his wife over a car insurance dispute.  Pled guilty.  Suspended one game by the league.  2005 was his last year in the NFL.
  • August 28, 2005:  Kevin Williams (MIN).  In a significant altercation with his wife.  He was drunk and angry she was not wearing her wedding ring.  Pled out to disorderly conduct, $1,000 fine, one year probation.  NO LEAGUE PENALTY.  Made five more consecutive Pro Bowls 2006-2010 and the all-2000's decade team on the defensive line.  Finally left Minnesota after last season, where he was signed by...  the Seattle Seahawks.
  • At least eleven players were arrested in 2005 for domestic violence incidents.
The article then goes into the Ray Rice situation, and then states something that very few people are willing to admit:

"But Roger Goodell isn’t what’s really wrong with football."

And then the article goes into the ratings numbers I talked about in a previous post.

And then...

"Football encourages some deep tremor of romance about what it means to be a man — even, it should be said, among the sport’s many female fans.

Save for the military — with which it has a symbiotic relationship — the NFL is the biggest and strongest exponent of American masculinity.

And integral to that notion of American masculinity is violence. Football is our culture’s great spectacle of violence, our version of the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome."

Then it shows a picture of Baltimore Raven Terrell Suggs in a gladiator mask -- the same Terrell Suggs who forced his then-girlfriend and now-wife to get a protection order against him in 2012, culminating at least three years of abuse.

But they still have value.  Why?  Ask Arizona GM Steve Keim:

"“It’s a bully division,” Arizona’s general manager, Steve Keim, told Grantland’s Robert Mays earlier this year, “so we had to add our number of bullies to our defense.” He meant that as a good thing."

And why would he not, when the biggest bullies on the block just lifted the Lombardi Trophy?  Arizona is now one of the seven remaining 2-0 teams.  Coincidence?

Read this article -- and this indictment of why the games must be stopped to ever prevent domestic violence...

"The NFL calls itself a family. If that’s the case, it’s a family of fathers and sons but not wives and daughters. It’s a family that more closely resembles the mob than a family connected by blood or love. It’s a family that protects its own by cutting others, a family that privileges loyalty over what’s right. But loyalty goes only so far in the NFL — because at some not-so-distant point, the family turns into a business. When concussions enter into it, or salary caps, or age, the family becomes about winning Sunday’s big game or about the business’s bottom line. If it’s a family, then it’s a fucked-up family."

Sports Gone Insane, Day Ten, Part Two: And Here's Number Five

Ray Rice, out of the league, pending appeal.
Adrian Peterson, Exempt List (he DOES get paid -- Radisson Hotels, take notice!)
Greg Hardy, (EDIT:)  placed on the Exempt List today.
Ray McDonald, still pending legal action

and now we have a 5th player under fire for domestic violence...

According to Deadspin, Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer has been deactivated by the team after a domestic violence arrest this morning.


(Like, "Is this sport unsafe at any speed?")

Sports Gone Insane, Day Ten, Part One: Anyone STILL Want To Tell Me This Isn't A Heisman Rapist?

So, let's see, Jameis Winston is still wreaking havoc at FSU.

For reasons I cannot comprehend, yelling "FUCK HER IN THE PUSSY!" has become a meme.

For reasons I doubly cannot comprehend, Jameis Winston decided to jump on a table yesterday and join in.

For this, he's been suspended for the first half of the game vs. Clemson.  (By the school.)

Day Nine, Part the Last: Well, Peterson's Off The Field, But...

Well, Adrian Peterson won't play Sunday -- Olbermann was right!!

But how much of a move is it to simply placate the sponsors?


He's been officially placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list.  (

Well, I don't know what this is -- it effectively inactivates him indefinitely until his legal problems are resolved.

OK.  But this list is mentioned three times in the 2011-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement, but WHAT IS IT?

Several articles say he IS suspended -- and the list does prohibit him from all team activities.

The problem with this is:  Does this also now, under the CBA, since the team stepped in, prohibit Goodell from throwing Peterson out of the league should his legal problems warrant?

From what I can tell, and damned if I can find anything on Google which answers my main question:  Does he get his salary?  But he is exempt from a roster spot, and is effectively banned from the team (and hence the NFL) until the Commissioner gives permission for him to return...

So he's gone, but bugger if I can figure out the rest of it.

EDIT:   Article XVII of the Constitution and By-Laws of the NFL. found here.

17.14, pages 81-82. (of the actual numbering of the document -- NOT what your .PDF reader reads)

Basically, it's the "Exemption List", used in emergency circumstances, for which this would qualify.  The Commissioner gets to determine when he returns...  At least as of the 2006 revision, this WAS NOT a move by the Vikings:  Only Goodell could do it.  Now, perhaps the rules have changed in the seven years intervening, but...

I believe it is clear that all salaries count, so he might still get paid, but it's not clear from anything I've read one way or the other...