It’s been said that the power of Sports is a work of art.
Sports gives us great games, magical performances, fairytale stories, and terrific rivalries.
Without the great athletic ability, live would be pretty boring. Sports does unite a city, country, and a continent.
What makes people attracted to a certain sport is the action on the field, court, ice, and so on.
However, the field of play takes a backseat to the action off the field.
This week, North America’s richest league the NFL was shaken by a video released by TMZ.
On Monday Morning, Video surfaced of Ray Rice hitting his fiancee (now wife) Janay with a punch in an Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel elevator back in February that left the mother of his child out cold in an act of domestic violence.
In March, Rice was charged with aggravated assault for knocking his then fiancee into next Tuesday with that infamous punch but the charge was withdrawn after the two got married.
On July 24th, the NFL suspended the 4-time 1000 Yard Rusher for only 2 Games which prompted outrage throughout the world.
However, the release of the video on Monday saw this story take a huge turn.
After it came out, the Baltimore Ravens announced that they released the Rutgers alum and the NFL upgraded their suspension from 2 Games to indefinitely.
There are a lot of questions that will need to be answered but it might take months to do so.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fumbled big time in July when he only gave Rice a 2 Game suspension which is less than what a player would get for taking Anabolic Steroids.
The Baltimore Ravens in the meantime showed a lack of common sense by not cutting the 2-Time Second Team All-Pro sooner.
On Wednesday Night, the Associated Press reported that law enforcement officials sent the video of Rice striking his fiancee to an NFL Executive back in April.
In an interview with CBS on Tuesday, Goodell said he didn’t see the video until this past Monday.
Goodell’s claim that he didn’t see the video of Rice’s disgusting act hurt his credibility big time.
That answer prompted Women’s Rights Groups and Media Personalities like ESPN’s Keith Obermann to call for the NFL Commissioner’s resignation.
If Goodell was indeed lying, all 32 NFL Owners should get together and decide on his fate which could result in the 2 words that no employee wants to hear from their boss at work: You’re Fired!
The NFL is currently dealing with players that are facing Domestic Violence Charges . It doesn’t look good on the league’s image.
Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49Ers will suit up on Sunday in Week 2 despite facing charges of striking their lovers.
This is a league that just received the news of Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson being indicted on child abuse charges in Texas.
Peterson won’t suit up for the Vikings against the New England Patriots in Minnesota on Sunday Afternoon.
The NFL isn’t the only sport dealing with people who’ve been charged or are facing domestic violence charges.
Last month, the world of Mixed Martial Arts was rocked by 2 fighters being accused of this horrible crime.
In early August, Former UFC and WEC Fighter Josh Grispi was charged with domestic abuse and assault charges against his wife along with a charge of improperly storing firearms near minors.
A couple of weeks later, War Machine formerly Jon Koppenhaver was arrested on charges of domestic violence after he brutally attacked his girlfriend Christy Mack in her Las Vegas Home.
Mack suffered 18 Broken Bones in the attack by the Former Bellator Welterweight with a Broken Nose among them along with missing teeth, fractured ribs, and a ruptured liver.
War Machine is expected to face jail time for his actions.
The NBA, NHL, and MLB also have players who’ve been accused of domestic violence.
Last year, Boston Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger was arrested and charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of property after an assault on his girlfriend.
The charges against the NBA Power Forward were later dropped.
Last October, Colorado Avalanche Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested for domestic violence after assaulting his girlfriend in Denver but the charges were later dropped.
In 2012, Milwaukee Brewers Reliever Francisco Rodriguez was arrested for kicking the mother of his child but the charges were dropped after the victim returned to Venezuela.
Pro Sports Leagues need to get tough on domestic violence by showing leadership.
The first thing all leagues should do is suspend any player accused of this crime indefinitely the second they get charged.
The second thing that should be done is make players take a course in how to handle a relationship with a member of their family and companion which could be a wife or girlfriend.
The third thing that can be done to discuss this is for all leagues to put out public service announcements about the dangers of domestic violence.
The last thing the sports world needs is people acting like idiots who beat up women i.e. Chris Brown who should be in jail for assaulting Rihanna before the Grammy Awards back in 2009.
Thousands of women are victims of domestic violence every year.
More needs to be done to erase this crime off the face of the earth.
The U.S. Criminal Justice System dropped the ball on the Ray Rice case by not speeding it to trial right away.
If more isn’t done to combat this crime i.e. awareness campaigns and stiffer sentences, we could see a tragedy happen more often.
Stealing a car is one thing but a man punching a women in the face in a brutal fashion is disgusting.
The world of Sports needs to show leadership now against this social problem before it’s too late.
At the end of the day, Love is a gift that shouldn’t be wasted by an act of violence.
All pro athletes and executives need to realize that it’s better to kiss a women than it is to attack a women.
The call to action against domestic violence is on women and gentleman.
If action isn’t taken, Sports Networks might have no choice but to air new episodes of Cops.
Say no to Domestic Violence folks.