The NFL has made it their top priority in recent years to aid social justice causes for “change in society.” But based on some of it’s employee’s behavior over the past five months, it should be focusing on change from within instead.
Since February, ten players were arrested. This is an extraordinary rate in a league that allows repeat offenders to be hired. The full list is here, but here are the more well-known players that have been committed arrest-worthy offenses:
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin KamaraKamara was charged with battery resulting from substantial bodily injury on February 6. The night before the NFL’s meaningless all-pro game, Kamara reportedly beat someone at a nightclub in Sin City. Kamara was held at Clark County Detention Center until he was released.
Denver Broncos WR Jerry JeudyThe former first round pick was arrested by police for altering a domestic violence enhancement on May 12. Jeudy had taken some of his daughter’s mother’s personal belongings in an altercation, but that there was no physical contact according to the mother, so the charges were dropped.
“Everything turned out well. I don’t want to put myself and the team in a position like that. So, I’m glad everything was handled how it needed to be,” Jeudy said after the incident.
Adrian Peterson is back as a free-agentOfficials from Los Angeles International Airport detained Peterson after an altercation between Peterson’s wife. While his wife stated that there was no physical contact during the altercation, Peterson was booked and released on a $50,000 bond. In order to avoid any misdemeanor charges, the star running back had to take 20 classes of domestic violence prevention and alcohol training during the next six months.
Peterson has a history of domestic violence issues. Peterson abused his baby child and suffered severe physical injuries in 2014.
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That abbreviated list of employee offenses should be enough to grab the NFL’s attention. As you can probably guess, the NFL’s energies are now focused on other areas.
In June, the NFL opted to renew over 21 grants in support of social justice groups, with the total of those grants amounting to $6.5 million.
Furthermore, the NFL — like every other company during the month of June – changed its company logo to have rainbow-themed insignia and tweeted out the attendance at certain pride parades in cities across the country.
Happy Pride Month! We are proud to present the NFL’s new Pride shield, which is a symbol of our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
This month, we stand alongside LGBTQ+ persons. We also pledge to our employees, fans, and players to live authentically and proudly. pic.twitter.com/oLaMQaXcpZ
— NFL (@NFL) June 1, 2021
It is alarming that not enough has been done in order to tackle the problem of player behavior within the league. But at this point, we shouldn’t be surprised at the level of stupidity the NFL will stoop to to virtue signal in the world’s eyes.