A Culture of Abuse

d033f0f1bb12b950c3acb4b8f2e048f7In no way is what DeAndre Johnson and Dalvin Cook did okay (half of which are no longer a part of the Florida State Seminoles football team). No words, actions, or otherwise is an excuse to hit a woman. We’ve seen this shit from Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald, and several other non-football playing dudes in the last year and beyond. But what is the real root of the cause? There’s certainly a large group of people that believe that each offender has done this solely on their own. Yes. There’s no way that anyone else could and would be tried in any assault cases going forward. But what is it that has led us to this point?

Watching the various high school and college football movies and TV shows (i.e. Blue Mountain State, Varsity Blues, Friday Night Lights-the movie and TV show, etc., etc.) show off a culture of turning out an entire town or university just for the continued success of a football program. While said programs may eventually provide the kind of infrastructure that support an entire economy, it’s not enough of an excuse to let kids get away with anything and everything that they want. Remember, today’s current instant-gratification generation has made gifting these prima donnas cash, clothes, cars, and girls the idea that they are fucking untouchable.

The DeAndre Johnson case is curious in that they already are claiming that the girl shouted a racial epithet (aka she called him a nigger). Is that a copout? Maybe. Is it okay for this girl to get away with? Well, maybe she should have been kicked out of the bar in this particular instance. But you don’t prosecute someone based on one word. You also don’t punch someone in the face for that (and a punch from the girl). If a girl was relentlessly punching at me I’d probably push her away, but punching her back isn’t the right move. The other obvious thing we are overlooking is that Johnson is only 19 years old. Do most kids go into bars and drink underage? Yes. But that doesn’t make it any less illegal. At least that situation was caught on camera.

0929a09ff336b084975b3d8687f6a698A different co-ed was at a bar at closing and was being harrassed by a dude that wasn’t Dalvin Cook. When his advances weren’t received and she said that she had a boyfriend, Cook came into the picture boasting about how they were football players and that they would eventually have enough money to buy the girl (because all women are prostitutes, right?). What a fucking putz this guy is. As if being a complete sexist jerkoff wasn’t enough, he hassled the girl and her friend to the point to where they tried to get the dudes away and it got physical. Again, this situation had a witness and hopefully shit will hit the fan for both of these kids.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. And this isn’t just at Florida State (for as much as I loathe that institution), it’s a nationwide problem that has already been brewing for some time now. Where does this issue start? Well that’s more than a one-part answer. Though the most general way to say it is: it starts with the fans. Maybe they are fans that have millions of dollars and sit on the board at a major university, but they are still fans. They are little kids that got picked last in gym class, they are grownups that missed their chances to become professionals due to injuries before or after college, and they are greedy old fuckers interested in making even more money.  Those guys are at the top. Then there’s the different committee members/coaches of the various athletic programs/any other enabler in the regular world possible. These are the people that dole out the direct commands to the doers. They take care of the corruption and are generally the ones the okay every stupid thing that the next group does. Which brings us to the people that always find themselves in the news in a bad light(i.e. the pom squad, the car salesman/memorabilia salesman, and the greeter/party planners of recruiting and catering to the privileged pricks of major college sports).

The NCAA has been an evil corporation for a long time (in spite of their 15-year disassociation with the state of South Carolina due to the Confederate flag and its significance-which is another issue entirely).  For as much money as they are likely to lose whenever college athletes do get paid for their likenesses; they will still be rolling in it. But starting to figure out where the madness starts will likely eradicate the situation (or at least hopefully in the next decade). My guess is it will only get worse, but we can always dream. Until then, football players will get off on obvious rape charges (even the ones that get tried and proven) and guys that do fucked up shit time and again will continue to get opportunities to make millions of dollars while those that literally whore themselves for the greater good of a college sports team (it’s really actually small-time stuff compared to the rest of your life) will still have to work for whatever they get in life. Time to set an example with these guys the same way the NFL did with Ray Rice (though let’s make sure they don’t make any money off of it like Rice did).

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