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Does Race Factor Into The NFL Domestic Violence Issues?

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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Does Race Factor Into The NFL Domestic Violence Issues?

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This whole NFL domestic violence story does not seem to want to go away. I guess as long as there is a season and more players left, there will be more angles to this news. But there is one angle that seems to be ignored although it is like the white elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, at least in public.

Here is a list of the names of the most prominent cases of NFL players behaving very badly:

Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings running back arrested for possible child abuse for overdoing it while disciplining his child. Suspended from playing.

Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens running back arrested for domestic violence and seen in that now infamous elevator video punching his wife in the face. Suspended from playing.

Ray McDonald - San Francisco 49ers defensive end arrested for domestic violence stemming from an incident involving an August arrest. Continues to play with the team as the team says they want to wait and see the outcome of the case.

Greg Hardy - The Carolina Panthers’ defensive end is on paid leave. He was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats against her after he allegedly threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her.

Jonathan Dwyer - Arizona Cardinals running back was arrested this month after being accused of breaking his wife’s nose after she refused his sexual advances. He is also alleged to have punched her in the face the next day.

These are the cases that have made news in the past months. One thing that sticks out:

They are all black.

It begs the avoided question: Are black pro football players simply more prone to violent behavior?

My simple answer is of course not.

Despite the way it looks, which does feed into the stereotype of black men being inherently prone to violence, these are simply cases of football players carrying the aggression their sport requires over into the real world. These guys are used to hitting and being hit. They are used to using their emotions to make things happen. And they are certainly used to being coddled since all were stars on the field.

This isn’t a black issue. It is an NFL issue. And as I said before the sport is dominated by black stars. According to one report, nearly 70% of NFL players are black. That really stands out when blacks make up 11% of the U.S. population. While the players mentioned above have made the news, you can bet there are other non-black players with issues. They just haven’t been caught yet. And more importantly, let’s not paint all players, and black players especially, with such a broad brush anyway. We are talking about five cases at the moment. There are nearly 1,700 players in the NFL.

The NFL surely has issues when it comes to dealing with off-the-field behavior. America in general has an issue with domestic violence and it crosses all ethnic lines. Let’s free the elephant from the room. There is nothing here this time.

- See more at: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/columns/are-black-nfl-players-more-prone-domestic-violence#sthash.lCWE1ntC.dpuf
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numbr1wmn
by Lina on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Waiting for these responses

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM
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Good luck with this. I tried explaining that all cops weren't corrupt killers but people these day are too shallow to separate the few bad ones from the group as a whole. I hear people screaming online to shut down all football because it breeds violence and dangerous behavior. Forget that fact, that like this article shows...its about FIVE people in trouble right now. 

IhartU
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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 If you take an ignorant 'ghetto' person- of ANY race and stick them in a postition where they earn a lot of money and have a lot of fame, they may not understand how to deal with that. One minute they're nothing and the next, they're famous and perhaps they think they can get away with anything because of that.

billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM
I think it's the team they are on. Some owners care more about winning and their profit, so they cover it up.
The Buffalo Bills has their fuck ups, but the owners care about the families and their image, even if it costs is to lose.
BaronSamedi
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It's not getting away it is the evil of the OC mentality.  Thou shall not be human here.  You are a robot. 

Quoting IhartU:

 If you take an ignorant 'ghetto' person- of ANY race and stick them in a postition where they earn a lot of money and have a lot of fame, they may not understand how to deal with that. One minute they're nothing and the next, they're famous and perhaps they think they can get away with anything because of that.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

This is also a human issue.  Not just an NFL issue.

If any given person is a decent person to begin with, being a star in the NFL isn't going to change them in to some violent monster.  

It all begins at home, so to speak.

Now, of course being a star on the field, somewhat coddled by the NFL and all that crap that comes with being a player...................it can certainly add to someone's already lack in character, issues and such that lead them to be that violent individual they seem to be.

We can't place the entire blame on the NFL. It has to start with the individual.  There are far more decent people, good people, who play in the NFL and are not violent.

Now, as for the rules and how these individuals are dealt with by the NFL, that seems obviously a cluster.  

Radarma
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I once ran a post asking "what would you do" if your teen hit you.

100% of white moms said they would seek help, blame themselves...

100% of black moms said they would "beat his ass."

Clearly, beating ass doesn't help.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

There was domestic violence way back in the early 50s when my dad played in the NFL.  It was more accepted then, however.  As sad as that is.

It did not stem so much from the NFL as the individual.  The majority of players then were white.  

I don't see this as a black/white issue as much as I see it as a human issue.

highlandmum
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

 I do not think it has anything to do with race.  But I am curious to find out how the NFL would handle the situation if a white player is caught doing similar things.

I actually read a really great article today - about if violence changes the players of these high impact sports (football, hockey, boxing and such).  Here it is:

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=462479

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM


Quoting highlandmum:

 I do not think it has anything to do with race.  But I am curious to find out how the NFL would handle the situation if a white player is caught doing similar things.

I actually read a really great article today - about if violence changes the players of these high impact sports (football, hockey, boxing and such).  Here it is:

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=462479

Good article.

I've no doubt that for some, that switch gets broken and they have a very hard time between the mindset on the field and the mindset on the field.

I just don't know that I believe all those violent individuals were not prone to such prior to playing.  I suppose some are, some not so much. 


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