Do We Secretly Like Women Beaters?

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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Something isn’t right there….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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……

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OR Rhonda might call you out.

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Time to Kiss the Baby Ocho Cino

Chad Ocho Cinco, previously and now legally known as Chad Johnson, is seriously dunzo.

This once comical football player is now out of a job and in some bad news bears trouble with the law.  The Miami Dolphins terminated his contract within 24 hours of his arrest for a domestic battery case involving his new wife, Evelyn Lozada.  Apparently, his wife accused him of Head Butting her during an argument in front of their home.  HEAD BUTTING CHAD??!  daYum, i didn’t know that was back in style :/

Chad and Eve have only been married a month and are already battling it out to see who beat the shiz out of each other.  I mean……Eve was on the reality show “Basketball Wives,”  she clearly knows how to play the marry an athlete and get rich game.  These two lovebirds met on Twitter….and not on cordial circumstances.  If any of you say last week’s Hard Knocks season premiere episode following the Miami Dolphins training camp, Eve and Chad explained how they met on Twitter, Eve talking shit and taunting Chad soo much that he just HAD to meet this classy woman.  Good thing he changed his name back to Johnson just for this special lady.

Don’t get me wrong, meeting on the Internet accounts for more than 20% of couples in this country today, but would you really want to meet something who is calling you garbage and would withhold sex from you until you scored a touchdown?  Lame.

 

 

 

Johnson has been battling for a spot on the Dolphins’ roster after a very disappointing season with the New England Pats in 2011.  He only complete 15 receptions.  Ouchies.  Sounds like Tom Brady didn’t like his swag soo much neither. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin knew Chad’s termination was a long time coming, citing that Johnson didn’t “fit” with the team.  Sound like another classic breakup excuse, “it just isn’t going to work out.”

Apparently, Chad has a history with domestic violence.  Sad 😦  And I used to LOVE this guy on the Bengals.

He was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in L.A. on February 7, 2000, which was before he was playing football for Oregon State University.

Apparently it was his girlfriend that he slapped across the face after he accused her of cheating — to which he pled no contest, and the court found him guilty of domestic battery.

He was then sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to serve 45 days in L.A. County Jail.

He didn’t see any of that jail time, though, and instead completed 30 days of graffiti removal work along with completing a 12 month batterer’s counseling program — and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim. He strategically decided to put off the hard labor and the domestic violence program for years. That’s when an additional 15 days of graffiti removal was added, making Ocho complete his legal obligations in 2002.  If cleaning up graffiti doesn’t scare the hard unrelenting power of the law into you, then I don’t know what will!  Sounds like a changed man to me 😛

Ugh.  Why do guys think it’s ok to beat up the ladies?!  Its soo not ok to hit a person who is significantly smaller and weaker than you, even if they are a bitch.

 

 

If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. He also could receive community service, probation or anger management classes.  YEA, like that is going to work this time.  Chad, do yourself a favor, divorce this gold digger and go back to Ocho Cinco.  Don’t start taking tips from Chris Brown over there, and do your time in jail.  Be a man.