Original Author: Nick Fortin
I hate the NFL.
Truth be told, it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, a few short years ago I loved the NFL. I’ve always loved football and although it was never as big as basketball or baseball in my house growing up, it was always what my father and I bonded over on Sunday afternoons. We’d watch almost every game going on that day because it got me out of doing homework and him out of doing chores around the house.
But all of that changed as I got older.
It’s not that my love of the game went away; it hasn’t faded in the slightest. And it’s not because the Bears are in for a rough season. I’ve been through many of those and I would never leave my team’s side. I hate the NFL because of what happens off the field.
I hate the NFL because of what happens in boardrooms and behind closed-door meetings. But I really hate the NFL because of Roger Goodell.
Goodell is by far the worst commissioner the league has ever seen. In my opinion, he’s even worse as a person. He makes mountains out of molehills and ignores the actual ethical and safety related mountains that do exist in professional football.
In short, I hate the NFL for ethical reasons.
It started with the concussion debate that sprung up a few years ago. With more and more former players suffering adverse affects due to concussions sustained during their careers, the NFL decided to take a look at concussions. But the results weren’t good. After a group of 5,000 former players brought suit against the NFL, the league settled and offered to give each player up to $5 million dollars for damages and injuries sustained during their time on the field.
Now $5 million certainly sounds like a lot of money until you take into account that the NFL is a multi-billion dollar-a-year industry and that the money they were willing to pay out just scratched the surface of the financial aid the league could’ve doled out to help players recover from and prevent severe head injuries.
Goodell also hasn’t done much to penalize players involved in domestic violence disputes. With October being Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to rant about all the NFL has done wrong on this front. Goodell continuously allows domestic violence abuses to be brushed under the rug almost as easily as they they do concussions.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Every October the NFL claims to care about women by wearing pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. After looking at the percentage of pink jersey sales that actually goes towards breast cancer research – It’s 8.01% – I find it hard to say that the NFL cares at all.