Roger Goodell will have four women help with league's domestic violence policies
Yeah, that'll fix it right up.
It's a sport wherein we expect freakishly large, freakishly fast men to be hyper-aggressive and perform at the absolute pinnacle of human capabilities in order to earn their paychecks. Then we turn around and want them to be passive, pussy-whipped, Type-C personalities when not on the field. Sorry folks, but reality don't work that way.
Do I condone wife-beating? Not specifically, but as Sam Kinison once said, "I understand it. I know what makes Mr Hand turn into Mr Fist."
We've set up an impossible position and a double standard. On the one hand, there is a cultural insistence that women are absolutely equal to men in every way. I've been sneered at for holding a door open.* On the other hand, if a male so much as thinks about punching a woman in the mouth -- no matter how well deserved -- he'll go to directly to jail and have the legal equivalent of The Mark of Cain permanently inscribed on his record. That doesn't mean that Ray Rice or anyone else is innocent, it just means that Things Aren't Always What They Appear. That's doubly true where women are concerned. Maybe he was totally out of line, but then again maybe she'd been acting like a first-rate cunt for weeks on end and he'd finally had enough of it and lost his cool.
She's not dead, she's not crippled, and she'll be just fine -- with perhaps a bit less tendency to pull into Bitch Station at the drop of a hat. Let's stop acting like any guy, no matter how good a husband and father, who gets tired of the nonsense and snaps is suddenly the personality equivalent of Joseph Stalin. Perverting the justice system into a politically correct kangaroo court is a really bad idea, no matter how attractive you might think the notion at the moment. We've seen far too much of such twisting of the laws over the last fifty years: hate crimes, Affirmative Action, permanent sex offenders, etc.
By compartmentalizing some crimes, branding them with Devil's Horns and turning them into public circuses, we're opening up the Pandora's Box to every kind of thought crime you can imagine. If a man is guilty of attacking someone -- male or female -- convict him of assault and battery. If he's guilty of beating his kids,(I'm not talking about spankings), then convict him of assaulting a minor and throw him in jail. But don't make a spectacle out of it so everyone can stand on the sidelines, point their fingers and cluck disapprovingly in order to allow them to feel better about themselves. Because it won't be long before you find yourself the pariah, the stones being cast your way, for something that wasn't previously a "hate crime."
You're welcome, by the way. I just stated what pretty every middle-aged male in the country is thinking but is too timid or politically intimidated to say.
* - I fixed that problem. I'll now let the door slam closed in everybody's face. Ah, equality!