Sports Editor John Conway discusses the NFL’s latest controversy
By Sports Editor John Conway
It seems like the National Football League (NFL) combats a major controversy every season. This year, the NFL’s internal adversary is the domestic violence charges against four of its big-name athletes.
Even worse for the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell’s claim of plausible deniability for the Ravens’ running back Ray Rice was fully discredited, and the outcry for his resignation echoed from a number of US senators and activists. But despite the horrific accounts gleaned from investigations, Reuters reports that nearly all major networks have seen an increase in NFL viewership. It is as though Goodell is not the only person to respond indifferently to domestic violence; we all have.
Consider this. According to National Child Abuse Statistics, in America, a woman is beaten or abused every 9 seconds. More shocking still, 60 percent of sexual abuse cases are never reported to the police, and 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail for their crimes, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Maybe Americans have become so numb to accounts of abuse in daily life that we have also come to accept it in pro sports.