The subject of women have recently been all the buzz in the sports world lately (and no, not exactly for athleticism….but by the way: Go Team USA)
Women have been popping up all over ESPN because men have been popping them in the face! And frankly, the overexposure has become a bit overwhelmingly nauseating.
High-powered athletes are getting caught taking a few swings at the females. So what else is new? The media has been covering domestic violence issues amongst athletes for as long as I can remember. So what makes is worse now?
Well for one, social media. No matter how much we can love social media for how it instantly connects us to the entire world, it would be naive to ignore the bad that comes with it. We want to know everything that is out there and we want to know it NOW! We are all like children eating up any news that we find entertaining and dramatic, and notable athletes beating up women on camera is something we can’t get enough of. The same goes for those who do the actual reporting of the news as well.
Thanks to social media, we will always be in the”know” because we now can freely join in on the conversation without even being invited. #Rude
Dare I say that our actions have led me to believe that we unconsciously reward these miscreants? Yes, I do. Take for instance, De’andre Johnson, former quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles. Right after he clocked a female college student in the face at a bar and was promptly dismissed from the football team by Coach Jimbo, ABC’s Good Morning America Sports scooped him up for a sit down interview within 1 week of the released footage. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but don’t sit down interviews require some sort of compensation? Compensation for Mr. Johnson, and granted, his Mother!
Something isn’t right there….
Same goes for Ranay Rice, Ray Rice’s personal punching bag for one fleeting moment in an Atlantic City hotel elevator. That domestic dispute alone got more media coverage than the Super Bowl. I’m sure Ranay Rice was compensated for her in-person interview(s) as well. Believe me, there were multiple interviews.
I know, I know, these in-person interviews aren’t all that bad. For one, they shed light on an important issue that needs to be discussed and dissected in order to mitigate any similar future misfortunes. And two, it gives women who may have been victims of domestic abuse a voice, a once ignored voice that many can and need to relate to.
But do we really need to give all of these convicted male athletes another platform to plead their case? Do we need to hear more of their excuses for hitting a woman? Don’t get me wrong, female athletes can be guilty for the same actions. Just look at Hope Solo parading around the Women’s World Cup like she is has never even touched a fly. Homegirl has three domestic violence incidents under her belt, with her being the Fight Club culprit! One of the very few situations where the double standard works to the advantage of women. Sigh.
I think we heard enough from males discussing the domestic mistakes they’ve made in the past. Good for them….but do we really need to see it, hear it? Can we, as viewers, even tell if these guys are telling the truth? By us merely watching their ESPN/Good Morning America TV spots on the domestic issues at hand inadvertently rewards these guys, listening to their forced apologies and considering absolution. We aren’t directly rewarding them for their actions but we are subconsciously thanking them for entertaining us, and of course, giving television channels their precious ratings.
If compensation is actually accepted, then we clearly have our cultural priorities fucked up. If we wanted to preserve any dignity that is left in these assailants’ souls, even their families, we as a society would let the armed forces deal with the legality of the situation (DUH!), but more importantly, we would merely walk away. Why pay attention to someone who doesn’t deserve your attention, doesn’t deserve your beloved ESPN watching? The only reason we are paying attention to these stories is because violence is so engrained in our American culture. What can I say, America don’t take shit from no one.
We need to make a conscious effort to stop rewarding these guys. Paying more and more attention to these men is cowardice and shameful. We are cowardice ourselves if we give these guys the time of day. Go watch something more positive and constructive, like Animaniacs.
Let’s stop rewarding these guys by giving them the pleasure of sitting down and explaining themselves. Who cares? You hit a woman. You are scum. Go away……
OR Rhonda might call you out.