Bully-Ball: No Longer Incognito

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Drugs, thugs, murderers, thieves, villains and psychopaths; is all but a short list of inescapable mainstays within the community that is the National Football League. We have seen the Ray Caruths, the Aaron Hernandezes and yes, the celebrated icons like Ray Lewis, all but quantify that this is not a league of saints, but more of a botanical garden filled with the spawns of satan. It was a grave insult to the public when the now infamous “Bounty Gate” was unveiled, and the NFL and it’s acting commissioner Roger Goodell, denied all culpability and denigrated the New Orleans Saints, claiming they were unaware of such acts being portrayed under their collective noses. A very good, strategic implementation of spin doctoring on their behalf, however lets be very candid about what millions of television viewers and patrons tune in to or attend the venues of on Sundays to see; it’s called violence. And in order to have a violent results, you must first have violent participants. We saw this with the Roman Coliseums and it’s gladiators, with the only difference being the legal liabilities that can now follow the beastly acts that are committed in our modern day version. So as we find ourselves in the wake of the Richie Incognito scandal and his alleged terroristic ploys against Jonathan Martin, which included racial epithets and violent threats, should we be surprised that this went on within the confines of an NFL culture bred on violence? After hearing the racially laced verbiage spewed by Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles, should there be out and out shock at the idea that the “N” word may be a part of that culture as well? And why is it far fetched to believe that an organization such as the Miami Dolphins could be part and parcel to a conspiracy coverup, when the golden franchise, which is the New England Patriots, knew of Hernandez’s past discretions, yet still employed him as a major part of their immediate future. So I continue to inquire, why are people shocked? Most importantly, why is the NFL shocked? Are they shocked that it happened or are they shocked that it was made public? Former NY Giant linebacker, Antonio Pierce, stated on ESPN’s First Take, that if the public knew about the inner workings of a locker room, that they would be both mortified and outraged. One would have to ponder whether this is the acceptable, standard culture of an NFL team or just an isolated incident instigated by a player who took things too far? Or one could also ask, whether or not Jonathan Martin was suited to be part of this violent, moral-less fraternity. Perhaps there is truth in both theories, however, being shocked of this behavior in the NFL should not be one of them. You don’t go to a firing range expecting to not hear bullets, so one must surmise the same when seeking violent entertainment such as the NFL. The NFL should stand for “not for lightweights” especially when you may have a heavy heart. #It is what it is

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