Meet New York Giants kicker Josh Brown. Josh is not himself when he’s hungry, but instead of reaching for a Snickers, he reaches for his wife. Brown is a self-proclaimed abuser, and the zero-tolerance NFL punished Brown for his crimes… with a one-game suspension.
As the league plasters its fields with pink ribbons and decks its players out in pink cleats and pink towels this month in an effort to fool us into thinking it cares for the health of its female fans, its handling of Josh Brown’s suspension for domestic violence shows what a farce it all is.
This is the guy the NFL suspended in August for one game following a May 2015 incident with his then-wife, Molly. One measly game. Animal cruelty, DUIs, drug use — if you judge simply by the penalties handed down, the NFL considers all of those offenses more shameful than abusing your spouse.
I don’t remember the case against Tom Brady being cut and dried, but that didn’t stop Goodell from banishing him for a quarter of the season.
Brown’s acknowledgment that he abused his former wife renewed outrage over his lax suspension. So, naturally, the NFL on Thursday tried to shift the blame to Brown’s former wife and law enforcement, saying they had refused to cooperate with the league’s investigation. Charges against Brown were never filed.
The NFL has become riddled with thugs, and when you combine this with the national anthem protests, one has to wonder why anyone would continue to support this league. Personally, I hope this is the beginning of the end for the NFL; a league which has outlived its usefulness.