Two wrongs don’t make it right
I am writing this column from a most unusual viewpoint. My perspective and experience, allows me to
Pontificate, should I desire to do so.
At 83 years of age, I can look back and call on my own experience to formulate an opinion. Over the years, I have been in a management position, or ownership position with four different teams in three different sports. I have been a licensed official, a coach, President of a TV Sports Division and a consultant to the NFLPA.
However, most importantly, as a man, I have always viewed domestic, female and child abuse as the most heinous of crimes. As a husband, grandfather and father, to me little children, wives and daughters must be protected and not harmed in a moment of rage.
I apologize if I am not politically correct. I know there are many females who are capable of defending themselves. The majority, however, are truly the weaker sex.
Now don’t get me wrong! I truly believe in “Spare the rod, you spoil the child”. However, there is a limit to the punishment you dole out. Believe it or not, punishment must be properly measured.
To me, the most frightening words I ever heard as a child were “wait until your father gets home”!
Many times, my father, an ex-foot ball player himself would take off his belt, to me, the widest belt in the world, and use it on my “tush”.
Today, I suppose it might be considered parental abuse. However, it was as if he had a metronome that knew what the right amount of punishment was.
Fortunately, he didn’t do it that often, because I had learned a valuable lesson I was a good little boy.
So, it brings us to the events of today. Suddenly, a plethora of abusive occurrences have been highlighted in the news… worthy of judicial intervention.
A man who is over 250 pounds admits disciplining his 4 year old son with a switch. The evidence of this crime are the scars that the child bears on his scrotum, his thighs, his back and his leg. Ouch! He always will bear emotional scars forever.
Another elite athlete is caught on camera literally using his wife as a punching bag. What excuse it there?
Okay, perhaps she had taunted him to where he felt he could take no more? It makes no difference. A 110 pound female should never feel the fist of a 200 plus pound well conditioned athlete.
Hey, no woman deserves to be treated in such a way. This type of abuse unfortunately is prevalent in society. Certainly, not all the abusers are professional athletes.
However, when it is a celebrity, or a sports figure that is admired by many, it only calls to attention the pervasiveness of this felony. Attention must be constant and acted upon properly.
People in the public eye have to be held to a higher standard. This means that those in power must take a positive stand. A slap on the wrist to satisfy the greedy wants of a league, or to perhaps keep sponsors placated should never be accepted.
Roger Goodell, in his initial judgment, was way off-base. He did not show leadership, he showed cowardice. He did not execute a more active approach, Like the little kid who got a spanking because he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he must be taken to task for his weakness.
I let you, the reader be the judge. Do two wrongs make a right??