Is There Any Crime That Can Hurt NFL Image?

It has been an eventful off season for the NFL as they have had to deal with numerous criminal publicity nightmares.  Ray Rice was  caught on video dragging his then fiance, Janay Palmer, out of an Atlantic City elevator.  There are even reports that there is video of Rice actually knocking her out, which would be powerful because no matter what she did, the image of her getting hit would evoke emotion.

That is why that video will never come out.  But that was just the tip of the iceberg for the NFL.  Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, when arrested he had numerous prescription bottles and $29,000 on him.  Irsay ended up with only 2 misdemeanor crimes, but it looks bad because the NFL hasn’t disciplined him, while a NFL Player, Josh Gordon, may miss the season because of a marijuana violation according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

The hypocrisy seems even worse considering former players are suing the NFL over the administration of  pain killers to keep them on the field.  Then there are the Darren Sharper and Aaron Hernandez criminal cases, but those transgressions are so egregious that they could be considered outliers.  But the biggest issue may be the NFL’s arrogance for refusing to acknowledge that the name of the Washington D.C. football team is offensive to Native Americans. They should ask Donald Sterling how the perception of being a racist works out.

The NFL has been able to avoid that stigma for a long time, but an Indian group is going to run an ad against that name of the Washington D.C. football franchise during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, so it will be interesting to see what happens moving forward.  Can you image if the name of the team was the Washington N!##@s?  But if a letter signed by 50 US Senators doesn’t move the NFL,  it’s hard to believe that anything will.  The NFL is the real Teflon Don.

 

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