The beast of few words
In arguably the most controversial NFL season under Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner, there seems to be one issue that has most, if not everyone, wondering what are the priorities of the NFL league office?
The issues that have plagued this NFL season, such as the multiple domestic violence cases from the disaster of Ray Rice and Greg Hardy or the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson that left him suspended with pay and then without pay for the season, or even the “deflate gate” scandal, were handled in a way that left many scratching their heads asking what was going on with the league and the policies in place?
It seemed as if the NFL was making up the rules as they went along. The most consistent the NFL has been this season on enforcing the rules are the multiple fines handed out to Seattle’s star running back, MarShawn Lynch, for failing to cooperate with the league policies on speaking to the media before or after the games. It’s become almost an event in itself to watch the media crowd Lynch just to hear what he may or may not say.
From the “thanks for asking” to the “I’m blessed” and now the hilarious “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” MarShawn has stayed true to his unwillingness to speak to the media. Some may call it childish or even petty; others might say he just wants to play football and go home. I see no problem with somebody wanting let his play do all the talking rather than his mouth.
Yet he’s been fined more than $100,000 and has been made an example of for not talking. I would say the NFL has much bigger issues to deal with than a player not wanting to speak to the media. Why is it that this seems to ruffle the NFL‘s feathers?
Why do they feel the need to lay down the law with MarShawn with no problem but can’t seem to get a real issue correctly handled? All questions I hope can get resolved quickly. Until then, the questions will continue to be raised about what issues are a real priority for a league that has dropped the ball in the eyes of many.