I woke up this morning to more news about the Ray Rice scandal. Yes, scandal. It was an “incident” but now it has become a “scandal”. The issue is the video from inside the elevator. TMZ released it on Monday morning and since then Ray Rice was cut from the Ravens and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. This all happened AFTER he was already punished by being suspended for 2 games. The NFL and Ravens claim they never saw the video. (I will refer to it as a video despite everyone calling it a tape. This just shows the age of all the media reporting the story.)
Now the question is, how did TMZ get the video and the NFL didn’t? If it is such damning evidence shouldn’t the NFL waited until they saw it to hand out punishment? But now this morning a story has come out that they DID indeed have the video. Now there is an independent investigation with a former FBI member, women’s organizations calling for Roger Goodell to resign and everyone is asking how this could have happened.
The bottom line is how long will Roger Goodell last? Remember what he said to Sean Payton about the bounty scandal with the Saints? He said ignorance was not an excuse.
What a week for fans of the Miami Dolphins. After a sweet win last Thursday night things have gone from triumphant to disgraceful. Allegations of “bullying” and the media all over the story of Richie Incognito running Jonathan Martin off the team with his bad behavior.
Well now the rest of the team has come out and said they were the best of friends, Richie always had JM’s back and the racist voicemails were actually laughed about by Martin when he played them for team mates. All fun and games. Yeah, maybe he shouldn’t have used some of the language, but after listening to Cris Carter talk about the atmosphere in the locker room and later about his conversations with Dolphins players it makes you wonder if everyone, including the Miami Dolphins jumped to conclusions by condemning Richie Incognito.
I am not going to rehash what has been gone over time and time again the past several days, but I will share my experience working with harassment cases in the workplace. Every company has procedures in place for employees to follow in case of alleged harassment. They are told who to talk to, if they don’t feel comfortable talking to one person they are given others to go to. Basically every major company has an open door policy in regards to harassment to protect the employee but also to protect themselves from lawsuits. Now, if an employee has a legitimate problem but fails to follow the policy, they may be left on the outside and have no recourse.
I think we will find out in the coming weeks more details, but I suspect Jonathan Martin is more at fault than initially thought.
Well, there is a game Monday night and we need to get excited about getting another win!
Did it really ever end? It seems like the NFL season is a year round event but today we get to watch a game. Yes, it’s the Hall Of Fame Game and no we won’t get to see the starters much at all but it’s still Dolphins Football!
Actually, after watching the Phins on Hard Knocks last year I am much more interested in seeing the entire game tonight now that I know what the coaches are doing during these preseason games. It will be fun to watch the progress and see which players stick around over the next few weeks.
This all means Fantasy Football will be starting very soon. We will get our league together as usual. I am determined NOT to draft Matt Schaub again this year. Let’s see if that actually happens. It seems like there are plenty of decent QBs available this season so I should be able to pass on him.
Speaking of Fantasy Football, the NFL Pro Bowl has been changed. They are having team captains (Jerry Rice and Deon Sanders) in charge of some sort of Fantasy Draft and AFC and NFC players will be on both teams. I am not sure what this will accomplish because they game will still be the same. Players don’t play hard because they don’t want to get hurt in a meaningless game. It won’t bring in more viewers because the NFL Pro Bowl is still the most watched “all star” game out of all the pro sports leagues. I think they should get rid of the game, still name players to the team, send them to Hawaii for a dinner and presentation then have them compete in a Madden tournament. Well, not sure about that last part.
In the meantime there is still baseball. I don’t think Casey and I will get our World Series with the Twins and Marlins this year…or any year soon. Both teams are languishing in mediocrity. However if you are a baseball fan you should check out GammonsDaily.com. The best baseball info on the web from HOF sportswriter (and former DFO Radio Show guest) Peter Gammons.
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