Every so often there are so many things going on in the world of sports that even I have a hard time following them all. When that happens I get a kind of ‘opinion overload’, now is one of those times. So, to use a sports analogy I’m going to empty the bench and put all my opinions on the field in one post..here goes.
- Domestic violence as it relates to sports:
Domestic violence can never be justified, it can be rationalized, but never justified. I’m not sure why domestic violence is different than just you know, violence, but according to the law it is. If the law singles it out as a separate offense then ALL sports need to have a policy in place to deal with it when it occurs. Because let’s face it, it will occur. Sport is just a microcosm of society and since it hasn’t been eradicated in society, it won’t be eradicated in sport. In my opinion any policy has to include help as well as consequences from the sport entity involved. Every person has done something they are glad they got a chance to grow from and change for the better. I am not and never have been an advocate of zero tolerance. I don’t feel that policy addresses the problem, it only makes it a problem for someone else. I also think that every case is different and a policy has to have enough flexibility not to punish someone for merely being accused.
- NFL and Sponsor reactions to domestic abuse:
The NFL was not at all prepared for the backlash they got from the public in regard to the recent cases of domestic abuse, no one will deny that. And they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sports realizing that they have a social responsibility that reaches much farther than making small pink things for the ladies. They didn’t get it right, but they too deserve a chance to change. I look at it as allowing them to make the mistakes and address the problems in drafting policy so each and every other sport doesn’t have to, let them bear the burden for their short-sightedness and we all reap the benefits. The fact that the sponsors have jumped on board to spur the NFL along is just an added benefit. Each sponsor has a different social message, so let’s just deal with each of them individually as our conscience sees fit.
- USSF, NWSL, and domestic violence:
Just like the NFL, USSF and NWSL don’t have a domestic violence policy that addresses what to do when a player is accused. Honestly, is anyone surprised by this? Soccer is a “civilized” sport, not like that barbaric other football. They need one and the arrest of Hope Solo brought that to light. Unlike that other football, USSF and NWSL has decided to let this play out in court before they assess any penalties. Is this the right thing to do? I think so. I think whatever comes out in court will go a long way to shape the domestic violence policy for USSF going forward. I also don’t think they ever expected the first alleged offender to be from the women’s side, so they were doubly unprepared.
- The double standard and domestic violence:
Once again I think everyone was a little surprised that a (relatively) high profile female athlete was accused of domestic violence and didn’t really know how to handle it. Within USSF I don’t think we can call this a double standard since we have nothing within the sport to compare it to. (If you know different, please correct me in the comments) As far as sponsors go, you may be able to make a better argument. Nike has suspended an endorsement contract for a male athlete until the verdict is in. Why they don’t do the same for a female athlete, I don’t know. Maybe the court of public opinion isn’t loud enough (snark).
- The court of public opinion and domestic violence:
I hate the court of public opinion for several reasons, least of which is it’s propensity to judge by knee-jerk reaction. Just because a video surfaces or some individual looking for their 15 minutes of fame makes some loud accusations, that does not always, note I said not always, mean guilt or result in a conviction. I believe we are a country of laws and as such every accused deserves their day in court..a real court, with real laws and procedures.
- Abby Wambach is a rock star..and a soccer star..and still relevant..and the youngsters will just have to wait their turn or make a case so good that no one can deny them a spot on the roster. That’s how it’s done, kiddos.
- Cycling politics aside, these cycling uniforms are horrendous. I don’t care if the Pope designed them.
- I get my WoSo fix (and other sports I follow) largely from Twitter. Twitter is mean..and great..and mean. I’m having a hard time with that. I love snark and sarcasm, love it! Why can’t folks understand it doesn’t have to be mean and personal to be good?
- Why do baseball players play in their pajamas these days? Those long uniform pants…
- WNBA has really stepped it up this year, Brittney Griner has changed the game.
- Don’t cry that you can’t afford WCQ/WWC tickets when you’ve tweeted at least $700 in jersey purchases in the last year. It’s all about priorities people.
- I have zero interest in tennis anymore, even Serena can’t make me watch.
- Sometimes sports, like life, sucks. But sometimes it doesn’t and those are the moments I watch for.