Combine all those problems with the league’s embarrassing response to the problems, and you had people up in arms about the direction of the NFL demanding for immediate change. Even some major sponsors were threatening to re-evaluate their relationship with the league because of all the negativity publicity.
It looked like we had reached a tipping point.
It seemed like there was no way the NFL, particularly Roger Goodell, would be able to navigate through this mess without having to make major changes.
However, as is often the case with many volatile situations, the press and negative attention began to die down.
And now, it looks like the NFL has decided to ride out all the negative publicity.
Remember when it was a leading conversation on the nightly news as to whether or not Roger Goodell should keep his job? There was new evidence being reported every day that seemed even that much more damning for the commissioner and the “shield” he so often talks about protecting.
It looked like the noose was tightening around him, but in the famous words of Dennis Green, “we let ‘em off the hook!”
Like a distracted puppy, the general public quickly moved on to the next thing.
We wanted action to be taken quickly! Until...we didn’t.
We wanted action and change as long as the entire saga kept us interested. The NFL played the odds that it could wait a few weeks until we became bored and moved on to the next problem.
It’s amazing how quickly the narrative for the NFL was able to change.
The lead stories went from being about domestic violence, cover-ups, and child abuse to the questions about the Patriots offense, the Jets’ inability to find a quarterback and the Cowboys running game.
We’re back to caring more about our fantasy teams than caring about what this league stands for.
What changes have even occurred that have us back to being in a position where the things on the field are worth talking about with the NFL?
Roger Goodell put together a committee? A committee was needed? A program needed to be developed to educate players about the problems with assaulting others?
The league now has a new policy where you get punished after you punch a woman, but you still get a couple chances before you’re thrown out of the league completely? Interesting logic.
Who holds the league accountable?
Who holds the commissioner accountable?
We could do it if we’d stay committed. The problem is - we don’t care about change any more than the league officials who are spinning this nonsense.