Wife beating education for sports fan and everyone else
Do you know what I am doing this morning? I’m glued to ESPN talk radio, which is 98.7FM in the NYC area, although it is a national station and can be streamed online as well.
Here’s a statement you might be surprised to hear from me. In the past decade, sports talk radio has become the best, rawest, and most honest source of information about how our culture condones and ignores violence against women, not to mention issues of race and homophobia. True fact. You are not going to hear this stuff from politicians or academics.
The specific trigger for the conversation today is the fact that NFL football player Ray Rice has been indefinitely suspended from playing now that a video has emerged of him beating his wife in the elevator. Previously we had only gotten to seen the video of her slumped body after he came out of the elevator with her. The police didn’t do much about it, and then the NFL responded with a paltry 2-game suspension, after which there was such a backlash (partly through sports radio!) that the commissioner promised to enact a stronger policy.
Questions being addressed right now as I type:
- Why didn’t the police give Rice a bigger penalty for beating his wife unconscious?
- Why didn’t the NFL ask for that video before now? Or did they, and now they’re lying?
- What does it say about the NFL that they had the wife, Janay Rice, apologize for her role in the incident?
- What did people think it would look like when a professional football player knocks out a woman?
- Did people really think she did something to deserve it, and now they are shocked to see that she didn’t?