We’ve long heard the arguments that our kids will be scarred and forever altered by violence in video games or movies, despite parents educating our impressionable youths that it’s merely make-believe.
So what do we say when it’s real-life role models (for better or worse) demonstrating violence?
Domestic violence attorney Nicki Ford is speaking out on the subject. She recently chatted with Yahoo Sports’ Eric Adelson about the NFL’s problems and she has graciously written the below.
With the attention hyper-focused on NFL players and domestic violence, it’s been a refreshing national dialogue (and outrage) at the lack of culpability the league is placing on players.
Ray Rice is the most prolific player to be involved in DV…but the list is long. Greg Hardy, convicted of DV has received no punishment, other than deactivation as of this past weekend (however he remains on the payroll). Santonio Holmes, Brandon Marshall, and now Ray MacDonald to name recent stars… All involved in alleged or confirmed DV.
Now Adrian Peterson faces indictment from a grand jury… but in child abuse allegations.
The stark difference? The Vikings made the bold (and correct choice as far as I’m concerned) to deactivate Peterson until the criminal justice process plays out.
Sadly, it take allegedly harming a child to elicit action from the NFL or one of its teams…allegedly beating your partner/spouse/mother of your child? That’s dismissible for the sake of a win… at least that’s what the NFL’s actions (or lack thereof) seems to say to the general public.
These role models should be held to a higher standard and a higher level of scrutiny Children admire and aspire to be like Peterson, Rice, Hardy. They should be above reproach. Not forgiven for their transgressions simply because they can catch a ball.
Imagine looking up at Adrian Peterson through the eyes of a four-year-old child.
The easy smile that helped make him famous is not there. He’s holding a switch. You are a little boy with your pants down and leaves in your mouth…
“Most jobs, if you’re charged with a serious crime, they’d put you on paid administrative leave because they wouldn’t want you acting in your full capacity while the due process does play out,” Ford said.