There’s a very simple way to fix the National Football League’s ongoing scandal over the domestic abuses perpetrated by its players: Require them to live by the same standards society accepts for its law enforcement officers.
Step 1 is to deputize every player as an honorary cop.
Step 2 is to impose the same punishment on a player that is routinely imposed on any cop when it comes to domestic abuse.
Then when Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice cold-cocked his future wife in that elevator all he had to do was declare, “Oops, wrong elevator.” His team would have placed him on “administrative leave” with full pay while his case was being “investigated” (wink, wink) and he would have been back in uniform for the next scheduled game.
Think about it: Dozens of cops serve a search warrant for victimless crimes by bashing in a homeowner’s door at 4AM, throw flash-bangs that severely burn a little child, shoot the family dog, roughly shove the adults to the floor face first and tightly cuff their hands behind their backs and completely ransack the entire premises for three hours before saying “Oops, wrong house” and leave.
If this isn’t domestic abuse what is it? If bullying, beating, violence, and even murdering innocent people doesn’t rise at least to the level of domestic abuse what does? Yet as CopBlock reports in case after case across Police State America citizens seem perfectly willing to allow their elected officials and hired bureaucrats to excuse police brutality with rationalizations like “he was resisting arrest” or “I thought he had a gun” or “they didn’t violate any departmental policies” and then giving them paid vacations.
So what about Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson who left bloody lacerations on his son’s body after “disciplining” him? All he had to say was “I wanted him to take a nap but he was resisting a rest.”
And what about Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy who was benched after being convicted of assaulting a woman? He could have simply said, “I feared for my life.”
Then consider the case of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher who shot and killed his girlfriend in 2012 and then committed suicide. If the “Cops can do no wrong” system for NFL players had been in effect at the time all Belcher would have had to say was “I thought the cell phone she was using to call 911 on me was a gun.”
The real question, libertarians ask, is why police violence isn’t held to the same standard society is currently demanding for its bad boy football players.