There seems to be two stories that I keep hearing about. One is the Donald Sterling saga that has permeated popular culture and the other is the apology of Ray Rice, for striking his fiance/wife Janay Parker back in February. One is an issue of racism, the other is an issue of domestic violence. I’m just curious why there isn’t as much outrage about Rice as there is Sterling? Are we too used to stories of professional athletes assaulting the members of their family?
The Sterling story is on a much bigger scale. He’s an owner. It’s the playoffs. There’s the makeup of the sport and his team. It draws very bad metaphorical images for the league. And whatever comes to him is just in my opinion. With so much racial stress existing in society maybe his banning from basketball (for whatever “detrimental conduct” type of clause he is accused of) could potentially help create a positive sociological message.
The developing Rice story, and the lack of continued public outrage, needs to be addressed though. Take a look at the video that was once the Sterling story before the Sterling story.
The NFL hasn’t suspended Rice yet and who knows if they will. According to this ESPN article Rice has never had any discipline issues and has been a model member of the Baltimore community. But do those reasons just condone how we rationalize the action? Don’t victims of domestic abuse say their assailants are typically good people or are just going through something? I hope the NFL considers these statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
If we are taking stands as a sports society against things like racism and homophobia, why not this?