September 8th, 2014

Posted by Jack Tumen

Rob Carr/Getty Images

Rob Carr/Getty Images

A lot of news dropped on our shoulders today, so let’s just step back and take in the events that have unfolded over the last few hours.

The Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract following the release of the security video showing him striking his wife and knocking her unconscious.

Let me begin by saying Ray Rice should be banned from the NFL for life. Do I really need to explain myself? It’s pretty crazy how the league and the Ravens knew that Rice had done what he did, but until there was concrete video of it – until they could see it with human eyes…two game suspension – slap on the wrist.

I know the league just stiffened their domestic violence policy and what-not, but this is an issue that’s bigger than football. Our country tends to glorify athletes. Incase you haven’t figured it out yet, athletes are humans – they eat, sleep and shit like humans. They make human mistakes and get punished like humans as well. Ray Rice knocked his wife out cold. So because he’s a football player and you need him for your fantasy team, he gets a pass?

What’s even more convoluted about this situation is the way the league came down on Mr. Josh Gordon with a year-long suspension for smoking weed. SMOKING WEED. You can legally do that in two states in our country. In Washington and Colorado, it’s like, more legal than Amsterdam to smoke weed. Heck, it’s easier to find weed in America than it is to find the nearest dry-cleaners.

These are the issues that we are dealing with, people. We’re smarter than this. We know what’s right and what’s wrong. We know that it’s not O.K. to hit your wife, or anyone for that matter. We also know that it’s not a big deal if you smoke weed in the right time and place. Ray Rice just made himself the poster-boy for NFL domestic violence forever. No team should ever want to be associated with him, no matter how much he tries to mend his image, which also is never happening.

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Over in Happy Valley today, Penn State’s bowl ban was lifted by the NCAA. I am a Penn State student. I lived through the scandal. When I first read this news, I was finally able to really feel the magnitude of the last three years. I’ve spent my entire collegiate career living in State College, experiencing this story first-hand with 50,000 other students. We’ve lived through riots. We’ve seen three head coaches in four seasons. Now, the NCAA is finally admitting its mistakes.

If you’re one of those people that disagrees with the NCAA’s decision, then you should go back and read the first half of this article again. This was not and was never a football issue: it had nothing to do with the players, the students or the alumni, who have been subjected to unrelenting harassment from those outside of the Penn State community for the last three years. This was a human crime. It was handled in a football context.

It’s a strange coincidence that both of these events happened on the same day. Hopefully, we can start realizing that the actions of one person can affect that person’s athletic career, but that those two entities of life and sports are separate from one another.


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