Who will speak up for the children who were abused by NFL stars?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he disappointed many people but declined to acknowledge children, who were victimized by high profile NFL stars.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he disappointed many people, including himself but declined to acknowledge children, who were victimized by high- profile NFL stars.

On Friday, September 19, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emerged from his self-imposed, 10-day, hideout from the public, sponsors, NFL team owners, players and members of the media to preside over a press conference that was long on vagueness and short on concrete solutions.While Goodell issued several mea culpas, he failed to apologize to the victims, particularly the children, who have been, and continue to be, damaged by the violent actions of NFL stars.

Goodell spoke about how “sorry’ he was  for the incidents of domestic and child abuse that have cast a pall over the game. He spoke about the valuable advice he expects to receive from his recently assembled domestic violence panel. Yet, while the NFL appointed an all-white panel of females to address the scourge of domestic violence, the league has been noticeably silent about the issue of child abuse. This needs to be changed without further delay.

Victims of child abuse.

Victims of child abuse, cling to each other for strength and support.

When children witness domestic violence incidents by their parents or endure severe acts of corporal punishment such as what Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson administered to his four-year old son, the emotional scars last a lifetime. Experiencing a dysfunctional household exposes vulnerable children to potential lifetimes of harm, inability to establish trust and challenges with establishing appropriate boundaries.

Goodell has a responsibility to work hard at eliminating such awful conduct by his players so that women and children can be protected. Children, who are defenseless, deserve even greater protection. Goodell’s failure to outline clearcut measures to rid his league of abusive and violent conduct exhibited by his players, is beyond troubling. It’s a disgrace.

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It is often said that “It takes  a village to raise a child.” Where is the village now in calling on the NFL to implement policies to protect children? Where is the panel of experts that the NFL has put together to address child abuse? Why is it that at each press conference announcing that various players are being benched or placed on the “commissioner’s exempt list” no information is given about what is being done to focus on the abused children?

Has the NFL forgotten the abuse that Jerry Sandusky unleashed on innocent children at Penn State University because too many adults remained silent? It is time for Goodell to come out and publicly address the specific measures he plans to implement to keep children safe. Also, it is time for the public to be aggressive in demonstrating interest in the well-being of all children, not only those whose fathers play in the NFL–OnPointPress.net.

 

Clueless Roger Goodell snubs blacks by creating all-white DV panel

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to critics of the punishment of Ray Rice by making sweeping changes to the NFL personal conduct policy.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has snubbed blacks by creating an all-white panel to address domestic violence and child abuse issues that have been plaguing the league of late.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has done it again!. In an effort to calm the public relations nightmare that has enveloped the league, he appointed four women to address domestic violence issues that have been in the public eye due to incidents involving black families.

Absent from the panel is any black women or men. Where is the black woman who could give credible background and context to the issue of domestic violence and child abuse? Where is the blemish-free retired black NFL player who could shed light on the players’ mindset while assisting to create a meaningful template to elicit appropriate conduct by the players?

But no, Goodell ignored the voices of blacks even though he created the panel due to the outcry created by his mishandling of off the field issues that involved black players and their families.

The women, who all have stellar credentials, are: Lisa Friel 57, former sex crimes leader in New York; Jane Randel, 47, and Rita Smith, 60, both domestic violence prevention champions, and Anna Isaacson, whose NFL title was expanded to include “social responsibility,” whatever that means.

In a league that is more than 70 percent black, Goodell’s actions show that he has no respect for his players, their families or his sponsors. Instead, he shows that he is insecure and will do whatever he believes will sway public view to his side. So he appoints a group of white women with impressive credentials to examine and fix an issue that disproportionately affects black women, black children and black NFL players. In Goodell’s world, this makes perfect sense.-OnPointpPress.net.

Ray Rice released by the Baltimore Ravens, suspended indefinitely by NFL

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Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens on September 8, 2014 after TMZ released a video which showed him punching his then-fiancé, now wife in the elevator, causing her to hit her head and lose consciousness.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Breaking News: NFL Network reported that the Baltimore Ravens released running back Ray Rice effective immediately after a graphic video surfaced of him physically abusing his then-girlfriend, and now wife Janay Palmer.

TMZ video of Ray Rice (l) and his wife Janay  Palmer (r).

TMZ video of Ray Rice (l) and his  then-girlfriend Janay Palmer (r). In the video, Rice is seen delivering a punch to Palmer’s face, causing her to hit her head on the elevator and fall down.

The Ravens made the announcement via a Tweet which read: “The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.”

Earlier on Monday, September 8, TMZ released the full video showing in detail the domestic violence that occurred between Rice and his Palmer.

The NFL Network also reported that the NFL has suspended Rice indefinitely from the league. No statements have been released yet by the Ravens, Rice, National Football Players Association (NFLPA) or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But the White House issued a stern rebuke via a statement read by press secretary Josh Earnest.

“Hitting a woman is not something a real man does. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it,” Earnest said.

Goodell came under fire for the two-game suspension that he handed down to RIce earlier this summer. As a result, Goodell changed the league’s conduct policy so that all NFL personnel will be fined with a six-game suspension for the first instance of domestic violence and face a lifetime ban after the second incident.

Stay tuned to OnPointPress.net for more updates.–OnPointPress.net–

NFL’s Roger Goodell makes drastic changes to the personal conduct policy

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to critics of the punishment of Ray Rice by making sweeping changes to the NFL personal conduct policy.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to critics of the punishment of Ray Rice by making sweeping changes to the NFL personal conduct policy.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On Thursday August 28, Roger Goodell issued a letter to all the teams in the NFL notifying them of sweeping changes to the personal conduct policy. Sharing the mindset that led to the change, Goodell stated, “At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals. We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. … My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right”

An excerpt from the letter, reproduced below states the particulars of the changes:

MEMORANDUM TO ALL NFL PERSONNEL

“Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances.

Our Personal Conduct Policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will. Earlier today, I sent NFL owners a letter that identified specific actions we will take to improve our response to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Goodell's (r) changes  are a clear indication that the public outcry from the punishment levied against Ray Rice (l) have changed the way he wants to punish players in the future.

Goodell’s (r) changes are a clear indication that the public outcry from the punishment levied against Ray Rice (l) have changed the way he wants to punish players in the future.

Those actions include the following:

• All NFL Personnel will participate in new and enhanced educational programs on domestic violence and sexual assault. We will also increase our outreach to college and youth football programs.

• Families will receive detailed information about available services and resources, both through the club and independent of the club. These resources and services will be available to employees and their families on a confidential basis.

• Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline. A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay. Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.”

Goodell did not hold a press conference to address some potential questions stemming from the drastic changes. The NFL Players Association declined to comment at this time, choosing to reserve judgement until a later date. Some questions that stand out about the policy changes are:

What will be the penalty for NFL personnel who do not play games under this policy change?

Would Ray Rice have received a different penalty under this policy change or will his punishment be amended retroactively to incorporate the new policy?

If the second offense is worthy of a lifetime ban, then why is the first offense 6 games? Why not longer?

These questions and others will likely be posed to commissioner Goodell in the near future.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

NFL, Roger Goodell, face crumbling, tarnished image

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be busy working on penalties for off-the-field indiscretions. There needs to be more emphasis in preventing those occurrences.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be busy working on penalties for off-the-field indiscretions while addressing the need for preventing those occurrences.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On Thursday, July 24, National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell levied a two-game suspension on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice’s suspension stems from a domestic violence incident with his then fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer. While the length of the suspension generated a great deal of criticism of Goodell’s judgement, the larger issue is the alarming number of NFL personnel facing criminal charges and the shaky NFL image that is presented to the public.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a 2 game suspension last week that many felt was  not enough.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was punished with a two-game suspension last week, causing national uproar from fans who felt the punishment was inadequate.

Part of the uproar about Rice’s suspension stemmed from the length of suspension for  legal issues and the discrepancy in penalties levied by the NFL for drug offenses. Some people believe the NFL commissioner is painting himself in a difficult corner when it comes to these inconsistent penalties. ESPN NFL Writer Jim Trotter was blunt:

“Once perceived as being too tough and inflexible, [Goodell] now comes across as being too soft on domestic violence — even at a time when the league is courting female fans.”

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslem is paying $92 million as penalty arising from a federal fraud investigation. However, he has not violated any NFL conduct policies.

Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam is paying $92 million as penalty arising from a federal fraud investigation. However, he has not violated any NFL conduct policies.

The NFL has demonstrated that there is considerable difference between breaking specific NFL drug rules and vague NFL conduct rules. Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty as a result of a federal fraud investigation. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello issued a statement on Haslam’s case, which said: “There have been no allegations of any personal conduct that it is violation of NFL policy.”

There have been numerous personnel from different teams arrested this offseason, with the charges varying from Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to attempted murder. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has amended his initial inclination to suspend players immediately who are arrested and has repeatedly stated, “We have to let the [legal] process play out before we determine if any sanctions are necessary.” This change  in attitude has resulted in roughly two years passing without players being suspended under the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

Greg Hardy, of the Carolina Panthers, has also received a conviction due to  domestic assault on a woman. Though his case is being appealed, Goodell could still levy a penalty.

Greg Hardy, of the Carolina Panthers, has also received a conviction due to domestic assault on a woman. Though his case is being appealed, Goodell could still levy a penalty.

Goodell will have plenty of cases to resolve over the next several weeks. Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty on July 15 of assaulting and threatening a  female. However, Hardy and his defensive team have been granted an appeal and a jury trial for this case is expected to occur early next year. Hardy will be free until the trial is over, but that does not preclude the NFL from making a judgement in the interim.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been in the news for months due to his arrest for DUI and drug possession. Goodell has yet to penalize Irsay but has stated that the possibility exists.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been in the news for months due to his arrest for DUI and drug possession. Goodell has yet to penalize Irsay but has stated that the possibility exists.

Additionally, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been in the news because of his arrest and DUI and drug charges. An owner having legal problems has brought extra attention to how the NFL is dealing with NFL personnel having legal problems. Many fans have voiced their displeasure with the process. The NFL also has the continued link to Aaron Hernandez and his ongoing murder trials as reminders of the legal problems facing different players in the league.

Browns wide receiver is facing a one-year suspension for failing another drug test. His appeal will be held on Aug. 1.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for failing another drug test. His appeal will be held on Aug. 1.

There is also the appeal hearing scheduled for August 1 in the case of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has already received a year-long suspension for failing another drug test. Gordon was also arrested for DWI this summer after learning of the suspension and upcoming appeal. With the NFL regular season just six weeks away from starting, the NFL would like all of the emphasis to stay on the field of play. San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith is also expected to face some sort of penalty after having a number of off-the-field issues last season that led to arrests.

 Ben Roethlisberger was among those who received 'swift justice' from the commissioner. Now it appears Goodell takes a more leisurely approach to punishment.


Ben Roethlisberger was among those who received ‘swift justice’ from the commissioner. Now it appears Goodell takes a more leisurely approach to punishment.

Goodell seems to have shifted in philosophy in evaluating matters for suspension and fines. Players like Adam “Pacman” Jones and Ben Roethlisberger received penalties before their legal processes had been completed. Terelle Pryor and coach Jim Tressel received punishment for NCAA violations. These types of premature sanctions have not occurred much recently but that has not made people forget they happened. In fact, they highlight an inconsistency in levying punishment, resulting in fans and members of the media view Goodell with suspicion and unease.

Whatever the penalties levied to the afore-mentioned NFL personnel, the bigger problem Goodell is facing is how to prevent scenarios that require punishment in the first place. The NFL has the largest workforce of the major sports in this country and is debatably the most lucrative and popular. Athletes may not be role models for their community but they tend to be idols for many fans. It is incumbent upon the NFL, Goddell and the NFL Players Association to be more diligent in working on preventing reasons for the commissioner to issue penalties under the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, while making an effort to clean up the NFL’s tarnished image through relevant, ongoing training of its personnel and representatives..–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.