We Should All Know Better

I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. Maybe around week 8. But I would grind it out and have something to show for it. Then again around week 12 and I’d rebound and hit a good stride to close out the season. But writers block in week 2? That’s insane. And yet here I am. Sitting in front of my laptop for the third time with nothing. But I checked around and it looked like I wasn’t the only one with this problem. It’s just that it seems so difficult to find something positive this week. The Devon Still story is amazing ( http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2197000-sean-payton-purchases-100-devon-still-jerseys-to-support-cancer-research ) and you should read about it if you haven’t. The Saints made it even better too but it just took a backseat to everything else.

Sunday night I started to to work on a piece about overreacting and which types of cases it’s good on and which times you’re jumping the gun. I woke up Monday morning, opened up Twitter and immediately put that story in a drawer.

I got working on something Wednesday, picked up steam on it Thursday night and was putting the finishing touches on it Friday afternoon. That story won’t end up seeing the light of day now either.

I won’t talk about the details on either situation. More and more will be uncovered on both accounts and ESPN, the Associated Press, and a whole host of newspapers will have better coverage of these issues than I would be able to provide.

The only relevant thing I have to say is that both men should have known better. Anyone should know better.

It’s not acceptable to hit anyone, not women, not children, not other men outside of a football field. If you can’t solve something with words then get away from that situation.

You don’t punch a woman in the face because you’re arguing with her. Ray Rice should know better. In Goodell’s case you don’t have an abused woman sit down with her abuser as you try and speak with them about the attack. The most precursory search online tells you that that’s the wrong thing to do. Roger Goodell should have known better.

You don’t beat a child toddler with a switch because they won’t listen to you, they’re toddlers and the fact that they won’t always listen shouldn’t be something we have to explain anymore. I don’t care that Adrian Peterson used the same discipline on his son that he got when he was a kid. Adrian Peterson should know better. You can say he didn’t mean to harm his son, but the moment he got that switch that’s exactly what he was doing. There are many more unsavory details of the abuse that are being uncovered but for now we’ll leave it at that.

And last, there are the NFL fans. The people who showed up to Thursday night’s game wearing Ray Rice jersey’s. The woman who stood as cars passed supporting Rice and talking about second chances as if it’s out of the question that Rice has never done anything like this before (and wouldn’t again). Men are proudly taking selfies and supporting a guy who punched his wife in the face! I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. I don’t know why there was someone tailgating at the Vikings game who wore a Peterson jersey and walked around with a switch. These people should know better. It’s not funny in the slightest. The people who say things about Ray Rice like, “I saw the video. That’s their personal business, and it shouldn’t have affected his career. I don’t agree with domestic violence, but she’s still with him, so obviously it wasn’t that big of a deal. Everyone should just drop it” via CBS – http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/09/12/ravens-fans-men-and-women-wear-no-27-in-support-of-ray-rice/ The people who are spouting off lines like, “Well you can’t tell someone how to parent their child.” Really? Well yeah I guess you can’t but what you can do is have the courts tell them that their version of, “parenting” is abuse. These fans should know better. We all should.

I have no clever end for this. No fantasy tie in. The game that I love doesn’t deserve that. Continue enjoying Fantasy Football.

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