It seems the NFL has been SOL these days. They’re either playing catch-up with disciplinary action or doling out punishment where none is required.
Ray Rice. Let’s face it; what he did was domestic abuse. It’s all there laid out – literally in front of you, thanks to the elevator surveillance video. Rice committed a crime. He knocked out his then-fiancée, now wife, with one punch and dragged her out of the elevator. Rice was originally suspended for two games. Later the powers that be in the NFL had to re-think it; did the punishment fit the crime – and yes, boys, it’s a crime – or was it more the question of who knew just what when. Just call it Football-gate.
Rice was stripped of his contract with the Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. The NFL Players Association has filed an appeal on his behalf.
Let’s add a little insult to injury and punish Rihanna too.
Rihanna found herself in a Twitterfest with CBS when they pulled her song as the intro to Thursday Night Football – her rendition of Jay-Z’s hit Run This Town – and I’m wondering why. Were the lyrics inappropriate? No, instead blame the victim. Rihanna is not just famous for her music, she’s famous for her face that appeared black and blue when in 2009 her boyfriend Chris Brown beat her. Brown pled guilty to one count of felony assault and received probation, counseling and community service.
Apparently CBS has decided that Rihanna is the poster child for domestic abuse and wants no association.
“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com.
They cited the tone.
Plain and simple, it’s blaming the victim.
Not only does Rihanna lose the cache of having her music be the theme of the NFL, she loses the publicity of her song being played before millions and possible record sales, plus she has to relive the shame and embarrassment all over again because CBS equates her with domestic abuse.
Rihanna summed it up on Twitter with part of her tweet:
“Sad for penalizing me like this.”