For The Win – When it comes to speaking out against domestic violence in the league, there’s some players who won’t blink. …
But then on Monday, came the powerful figures in the league who could make a statement — and instead chose to push the topic away. Tom Brady told Boston radio station WEEI that while he thought domestic violence was “a terrible, terrible thing,” it’s the league’s responsibility to deal with Brown.
“I grew up with three sisters, and I was very fortunate to learn from a loving father and a loving mother how to treat and respect women,” Brady said. “I have a daughter of my own and domestic violence is a horrible issue. It’s a tragedy when it happens. Any type of abuse or bullying of people who can’t defend themselves or fight for themselves, I have no respect for that.”
But when asked about the league’s suspensions?
“I’m just going to stay in my lane,” Brady said. “Like I said, it’s up to them to decide whatever they want to do. …
Brady may be trying to stay out of trouble with the league, but if a player like Smith can speak out then Brady … can — and should — take a stronger stance on what the league is doing. And when given that opportunity this week, [he] failed to do that.
Remember this blog the next time you think how great it would be to be Tom Brady. That life as Brady would be a never-ending pleasure orgy of fame, money, celebrity friends, trophies and your own private lingerie model beta testing Victoria’s Secret prototypes for you.
Guess again. Because this is how the media is treating him now. Even when he takes the not-at-all controversial stance of Domestic violence: Bad, Women: Good, he gets convicted of the crime of insufficient outrage for not ripping the NFL to someone else’s liking.
Think about that. Giants owner John Mara, who’s all but been canonized by a worshipful press and is without question one of the most powerful men in pro sports, knew about Josh Brown repeatedly beating his wife and gave him a contract extension and a raise. Roger Goodell, who spent millions of dollars over the last two years to win a court case that proves he has absolute power to discipline any player to any extent he wants, used that power to suspend Brown one measly game.
So ends up the target of the “Let’s get him!” crowd? Who gets chased through the village by For the Win? Who has to escape the torches and pitchforks of moral outrage on the matter? The quarterback of the Patriots.
The same quarterback who was the victim of Goodell’s (to borrow Judge Berman’s phrase) own brand of institutional justice, denounces domestic violence, points to his own life of respect for women and anger toward abusers of any kind. And ends up taking more crap in this column than the spineless, multi-millionaire weaklings who not only didn’t do the right thing by Mrs. Brown, they enabled her torturer. Hell, Mrs. Brown’s attacker doesn’t take as much sniper fire here as Brady does. When all he’s guilty of is taking a pass on criticizing a league that went to court to prove they can – and will – punish him and his team for nothing.
Personally, I prefer to direct my great vengeance and furious anger at the men who are, you know, actually responsible for Josh Brown’s reign of terror. But I guess I’m out of step with how these things are supposed to work.
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