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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Nobody can be a Redskin

The United States Patent and Trademark Office in a 2-1 vote cancelled the Redskins trademark because it was “disparaging to Native Americans.”  Does this mean the name is about to change?

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Unlike in 2003, when the Redskins won an appeal on a similar ruling, there are bigger and badder voices involved so this won’t go away quietly.  Then again, owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change his team’s name because of “tradition.”  The decision however will not take effect immediately. The Redskins will remain the Redskins during Snyder’s official appeal.

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“Tradition”, now that is a funny word.   Was it a tradition to land on Plymouth Rock, have Thanksgiving dinner with the Native Americans then all of a sudden kick them out of their own home, make them build casinos on the reservation, butter our toast with Land O’ Lakes Butter , jump into our Jeep Cherokee and ride off into the sunset? Ehhh….

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Are we still going to base our “traditions” on racial slurs?  As a country that has embraced racism in the past on more than one occasion, it seems a bit of a set back.  Yes, it would bit of a set back to change a company’s name and logo that has in place for more than 75 years.  But it would be MORE of a set back to have a company name and logo that perpetuates a racist stereotype that our country would like to not necessarily forget but to shelve.  How about the Blackfaces, catchy right?

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The only way this is going to go away is if the Washington Redskins drop the name voluntarily. It could happen.  It’s just going to be a very very VERY long time.  But if that does happen then we can kiss goodbye to the Atlanta Braves, Florida State Seminoles, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Blackhawks.

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In the Washington Redskins defense, there is a quite collection of team names that derive from Native American culture.  It should be said that naming a sports team after a Native American tribe and/or name can be seen as an act of honor and remembrance.  Despite the bloodshed and struggle Native Americans underwent, various sports owners came together and chose to celebrate those individuals engrained in our history.  However, changing every team name that people find racially offensive is just bananas.  BUT, talking about the color of a culture’s “skin” makes it a whole new ballgame.

The intentions of naming the team the Redskins were pure but we have realized that the execution is in poor manner and a change needs to take place.  In reality, there is always a downside. And the downside is the $$.  After all, football is a business.

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The Redskins organization will lose a significant portion of its ability to protect its financial interests, meaning if others wanted to print and sell the name and logo sweatshirts, hats or other apparel, it will be hard to go after them legally.

And that’s bad business for the NFL as a whole! Merchandise sales are shared 31 ways (every team in the league except for Dallas since they think they’re better than everyone) so if the Redskins lose money, they ALL lose money!

Does that mean Jerry Jones to the rescue?

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