Double standards abound in NFL

September 30, 2014


Sports Editor


I am a fan of the NFL and the product it puts on the gridiron each week, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has some answering to do.
Goodell faces scrutiny from the media and the public for his handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, specifically the former, while NBA commissioner Adam Silver is taking notes on what not to do as the commissioner of an American sports league.
In late April, audiotapes surfaced of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks about his players.


Three days after those tapes surfaced, Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life.


Silver handed down the harshest penalty ever issued by the league and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports.


It is my opinion Silver should be applauded for the aggressive approach he took in handling what could have been a black eye for the league.


The same month of the Sterling case, tape surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging an unconscious woman, – his then fiancée Janay Palmer – from an Atlantic City elevator.
After the video surfaced, Goodell suspended Rice for the first two games of the 2014 regular season.


Goodell gave Rice a slap on the wrist as punishment for punching a woman in the face.


Did Goodell simply have his head in the sand while the Sterling trial was taking place? Did he learn nothing from how well the NBA handled the situation?


Earlier this month, TMZ released surveillance tape revealing what happened inside the elevator the night of Rice’s incident.


The video showed him delivering a knockout blow to Palmer.


In recent years, Goodell has done everything in his power to stop defensive players from hitting offensive players in the head and neck area when making a tackle.
Do you see the double standard in place here?


Goodell is opposed to Rice being hit in the head on the field but has done little in punishing Rice for striking a woman in the face – with his fist.


While this dumpster fire continues to rage on, Silver has to feel good about the job his league has done in handling its business swiftly and with force.


The NBA has turned into the model to look up to when handling scandals like the NFL is currently trying to recover from.


Jared King is a senior journalism major from Jena who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.


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