Jordan Matthews, professional ball dropper, laid into the NFL and its utter hypocrisy yesterday, ripping them for their handling of wife enslaver Josh Brown or even Ray Rice compared to, say, Lane Johnson. From Eliot Shorr-Parks:
“They always use the words they want to protect the integrity of the game,” Matthews said. “I think it is always looked at as the integrity of the football game. Obviously, if somebody makes a mistake like Lane did, or even if somebody does it intentionally if they might try to do something to get an edge, then yes, that can affect a game. So obviously there are some disciplines that should take place.
“But then when we talk about the integrity of the game, and the shield [the NFL logo] … you talk about the values that you want to instill in families that actually watch us and look up to us. Then it sends the wrong message that every single time there is an incident with domestic violence or something where there is a physical altercation, especially with a lady … it never seems like there is a really big punishment handed down.
“Even with the Ray Rice incident, nothing was really serious until there was public outrage or until the video came out. But my thing is, why do people have to see something for there to be actual steps taken?”
“I think that the NFL has to take a long, hard look at how they handle situations like this. Especially when the facts are there. Now obviously you can’t convict somebody until they are proven guilty. That is just the country we live in, and that is a good system,” Matthews said. “But when you know you have the concrete evidence, and we talk about protecting the shield and protecting the game, then…you can’t continue to have these things happen where guys just get a slap on the wrist. What is that telling our ladies? What is that telling our daughters? Our sisters? Our mothers? Because, heaven forbid, it was one of the guy’s who handed down the punishments daughter, mother or sister that it happened to.
Oh man. Matthews recognizing real. Good stuff. I fully expect him to never get another pass interference call and, potentially, turn up dead in the Hudson in the shadows of Roger Goodell’s Manhattan office. Would the Eagles have to take a cap hit on that?