I can remember someone mentioning, “Oh, there’s a murderer on the New England Patriots,” and, well, there was — Aaron Hernandez is currently being held without bail on three murder charges. The Rolling Stone reporter who profiled his case, Paul Solotaroff, has been quoted as saying: “I think [the case] is not only beatable, [but] I think he will be back in the NFL within three or four years. I think they’ve grossly overcharged him based on the case they’re building — no direct eye witness, no murder weapon [and] no plausible motive.”
Football is a violent sport, and violence is begetting violence in the “real lives” of the men who play football professionally. The NFL has financial stakes in these men, and they make no bones about the fact that even if they’re criminals, it won’t affect the sports teams. It’s morally and ethically corrupt. As of late, football has reached a tipping point where it’s not a sport that’s worth following or spending time being a “fan” of if you are a human person that cares about things like women, not getting concussions, or something like the predatory preaching that someone’s “way out” of tough financial circumstances is to learn how to play football and that’s their only option.
Against Football makes a smart stab at what the roots of the problem are — and it starts with the fact that the NFL is a “nonprofit” monolith that eats up cities, taxes, fans, players, and TV time all in one greedy gulp. If the NFL, as a corporation, was a real life person, it would be on the level of a Rupert Murdoch, a king with a fiefdom. We need to start talking about the NFL and the violence that it perpetuates with the vehemence that we use for the heads of evil empires. Perhaps this Ray Rice case is a start — but frankly, it just seems symptomatic, and something else dire and violent will likely happen soon.