October is the month in the NFL calendar where the higher-ups and the organizations go all-in on a sham known as “A Crucial Catch”. You know that shtick where the NFL teams get those special pink gloves, pink towels, even the referees get cute little pink penalty flags and it is supposedly done to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
There is one fact that gets overlooked by the NFL: October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Definitely a fact you won’t know watching the NFL.
William Gay, a defensive player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, wrote a piece in November of 2015 detailing why he wore cleats that went against the NFL’s uniform policy.
“It’s not that I don’t understand the value of money, and it’s not that I’m trying to stir trouble. When I wore those purple cleats, I was standing for something much larger than a football game. October is Domestic Violence awareness month, and purple is the official color for the cause. When I was 8, I lost my mother. She was shot three times by my stepfather, fatally, before he also killed himself. My mother didn’t know she was in an abusive relationship until it was too late; she didn’t know what domestic violence was, let alone how to get help. Awareness, to me, is everything.”
Yet he was still fined for wearing purple cleats.
Almost one year later, yet nothing has changed. Recently, Josh Brown (K- New York Giants) was told he would not be traveling with the team to London to play against the Los Angeles Rams. Many people would be in agreement (I would hope) that Josh Brown should have been cut from the team as opposed to just watching the game at home. However, it has surfaced now that Brown admitted to the Giants organization that he abused his now ex-wife…and would you fucking believe that the Giants resigned him? I don’t care how good of a player you are, once you hurt a woman, you are less of a human to me. Josh Brown physically and mentally abused a woman that he has children with. And the NFL has done nothing. He still has his cushy little job, thanks to John Mara. He is facing absolutely no repercussions thanks to Roger Goodell.
It could not really be said that Roger Goodell cares about domestic violence anyways. Let us just take a look at last year after giving Ray Rice a meager two game suspension. During this time the NFL was also trying like hell to put an NFL team in Los Angeles (in which they succeeded), trying like hell to catch Tom Brady on wrong doing (in which they really failed), and they worry about ratings and getting their pink gear out.
Well Jesus Christ, how about the welfare of women of children? People who have actually been put in harm’s way…
Why penalize someone for trying to bring some fucking awareness to the issue? To put it simply: Roger Goodell and the NFL don’t give a shit about domestic violence and bringing awareness because they can’t make money off of it. They cannot sensationalize it enough to get people to do anything about it.
Another October, another Domestic Violence Awareness month will go un-passed to the NFL and they will get into their phony-baloney patriotism with their digital camouflage jerseys and the “Salute to Service”. The NFL is heading in a bad direction and I am not sure that there is a recovery from it. I hope I am wrong. This is simply a spot on the laundry list of problems that the NFL needs to take care of.