Rush Limbaugh has been offering a vigorous defense of embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, as the the league deals with domestic violence and child abuse charges amongst some of its star players.
I’ve been spending the last few weeks asking myself this question: Why is Rush defending Goodell.
I mean, Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice issue was shoddy and made the league appear indifferent to the fact that its more prominent players have been caught beating the hell out of girlfriends, fiances, or wives. Knowing that women comprise of a considerable–and growing–chunk of the NFL audience, Goodell appeared dumbfounded when the backlash over his weak suspension of Rice erupted.
The optics were bad when he levied a paltry two-game suspension on Rice over the much-reported domestic assault incident. And we’re now learning that someone in the Baltimore Raven organization had a good idea of what transpired that night in a casino elevator between Rice and his then-fiance. We’re also aware that the NFL allegedly received the horrifying tape last summer.
NFL players receive stiffer penalties for pot possession–pot, by the way, isn’t a physically enhancing drug. True, a criteria for players busted for possessing marijuana. or for failing a drug test existed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, while no such criteria existed for players beating-up women. It’s beyond me why players signed-off on that aspect of the CBA, considering how marijuana laws are starting to relax in certain states.
But I digress.
The reality is the reality: Players served harsher sentences for smoking pot than they did for physically assaulting women. It’s a problem that didn’t go unnoticed in social media:
That Ray Rice originally received a two-game suspension last summer was outrageous enough. We knew how and who knocked his wife out cold. Goodell and the Ravens knew, too. Once the tape revealed how brutally Rice hit her (which could’ve resulted in death, don’t forget), Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens knew the game was up. They had to let him go ASAP.
In the end, complaining about the media coverage, or arguing how this is another example of the “chickification of America,” doesn’t erase the glaring and disturbing mistakes committed by Roger Goodell.
And because the media covered this event, Rush and other Goodell apologists chose to turn their attention to the “liberal” media rather than to the people who created this mess–Rice, the Ravens and Goodell. Covering this tragedy and possible cover-up was some type of liberal plot to extinguish the NFL, or something like that.
To prove his point of how hypocritical the insipid liberal media can be, Rush cited a story by The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord, in which Lord listed the various sports and general journalists who’ve been arrested for domestic violence. While it’s an interesting read, Lord’s article doesn’t absolve Ray Rice for beating his wife unconscious, and Roger Goodell’s ineffectual and lukewarm handling of the incident thereafter.
And while it may be true that on a percentage basis the NFL has lower incidences of domestic violence than the rest of society (thanks to a college education, I would suppose), that still doesn’t mean Goodell and the Baltimore tried their best to possibly cover-up the ugly incident involving one of their best players, who previous to this incident had a stellar image the league highlighted.
In the end, complaining about the media coverage, or arguing how this is another example of the “chickification of America”, doesn’t erase the glaring and disturbing mistakes committed by Roger Goodell.
If you recall, Goodell once said pleading ignorant is not an excuse. Yet, that’s what he’s trying to claim when he says he had no idea that a tape existed, and that Rice had lied to him on how his wife appeared unconscious on the original tape.
The rules are always different for those in power.
Still, Rush is protecting and defending Goodell.
And that leads to my original question: Why?
It’s simple, for me at least.
It’s a class thing.
People like Goodell, or sports owners, or athletic directors, or CEO’s, or media stars, or even politicians are part of an elite group. No matter how wrong they are, they must be protected. Hence, that’s why Attorney General Eric Holder never tried to prosecute a Wall Street executive for playing a role in destroying the economy.
They all have each other’s back.
Blaming the liberal media or feminism provides some good fodder, but pointing blame at someone else is a way divert attention from the real person to blame.
Let’s say Goodell did eventually resign, I have a feeling he’d be fine with his $44 million dollars he’s cashed in his bank account this past year. He won’t be starving.
And like our politicians, I’m certain Goodell would land on his feet “working” on the board for some huge corporation or bank.