The NFL continues to have a nightmare of a season (PR-wise) with domestic crimes appearing by the day. This time it’s Jonathan Dwyer, the running back of the Arizona Cardinals, who was charged with assaulting his wife this week. The madness all began back in February with Ray Rice punching his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was suspended for two games, but after the disturbing video of Rice actually committing the act was released, his suspension was raised and he was released by his team. The big controversy stemmed from the belief that the NFL actually saw the video before it was released to the public, but still decided to suspend Rice for only 2 games. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured above) has been under scrutiny, and calls have been made to remove him.
Since then, the spotlight has been attached to football players, and they continue to get arrested for similar crimes. Another one of the big cases was Adrian Peterson, star of the Minnesota Vikings who was arrested for beating his young son with a tree branch. Even through all of this madness, I watch the NFL every single Sunday, Thursday, and Monday. In fact, MILLIONS of Americans do so. Women have shown up at Baltimore Ravens matches wearing Ray Rice jerseys, even after the video of his assault on his wife was released. A fan even showed up in Minnesota wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey and hoisting a tree branch, as if she supports Peterson beating his child.
The United States is obsessed with football, to the point where we will ignore serious issues going in with the league because
we just can’t have enough of the games. This year’s Super Bowl, the championship game of the NFL, was one of the more uncompetitive editions in recent history. The final score was 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks. It still set the record for most watched American television program EVER. I think our obsession with this sports says more about us as a people than about how great the sport may actually be. Last year, a fight broke out in the parking lot of New Jersey’s MetLife stadium after a game.
Men and women were charged in a fight that was caught on video. Fan violence is widespread every Sunday during football season. At the stadium, alcohol is sold at an extreme rate. I went to my first football game last October, and by the end of the game, a number of fans in the upper deck of the stadium were being ejected by security for disorderly conduct. I left MetLife stadium not wanting to attend a football game again, but the pull is so strong. The insane prices may keep me away from the stadium, but I won’t stop watching. These days, it seems like the NFL can do just about anything and get away with it, because we simply won’t give it up.