It seems that more frequently there are news stories coming out about professional athletes (and coaches) with crimes against women whether they be domestic violence related or sexual assault related, so I have a radical idea on how to curb these actions, fire them.
I know it seems like an extreme action, but aren’t you tired of seeing these guys get suspended for a number of games and then come back and make tons of money? I know I am, I mean some of these guys believe that they are above the law because they are talented on the field and beloved by tons of people. So because of this love from fans and sponsors, they feel like they can do whatever they want and get away with it. I mean what’s a suspension when they can come back and make millions of dollars?
Just look at the National Football League who seem to have a serious problem with giving guys with track records of hurting women a chance to make millions of dollars. The Chicago Tribune did a fantastic article on the NFL’s violence problem, which I highly suggest you check it out. Now like outlined in the article, not every allegation is true so I’m not proposing that the NFL fire a guy who is accused.
The same goes for members of the coaching staff because like we’re seeing with the Ohio State scandal with Zach Smith, they are not above the law either. While they are not seen as role models, at times like with Smith, they are around impressionable young men who could start to think that kind of behavior is acceptable to have because of their talent/position. And the same principle about accusations stands, once the accusations have been found to be true the coach is gone.
Each accusation should be treated as an unique case and once the player has been found to have committed a crime that’s when the leagues step in and fire the player. This way it sends a message to the other players in the league that it doesn’t matter how talented said player in, there will be a zero tolerance policy for crimes against women in the professional league.
Now I now this is wishful thinking especially when most leagues have a due process of investigation that could skew bias to help the player, but it would be in my opinion a step in the right direction. I am tired of seeing guys get suspended for domestic violence or assaulting a women and getting to come back and make money while the victim at times is getting crucified by “fans” for tarnishing the player and ripped apart by the media for clicks and ratings.
But wouldn’t it be nice to see a guy actually get punished for committing a crime against a women instead of a slap on the wrist before he makes a comeback or keeping his same position?