The real scandal is not about football or domestic violence or big business. The real scandal is about what’s happening in our living rooms…
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice gave his wife a right hook before he gave her a wedding band.
He knocked her unconscious and then dragged her halfway out of the elevator they’d been riding. Just far enough to keep the elevator door ajar and the security camera recording. Just far enough so the NFL could witness the totality of the brutality. When they saw it, they suspended him for two games.
Until the video went public.
Then the team cancelled his contract and the league suspended him indefinitely. In the wake of the news, more allegations of domestic violence amongst NFL players are emerging.
But really, none of this is terribly scandalous. Is anyone surprised that a sport rooted in violence toward others cultivates violence at home? Is anyone surprised that a billion dollar business will hide bad press until it can’t hide it anymore? No, the real scandal is in the results of an NBC poll: while 60% of football viewers disapprove of the way the NFL has handled the scandal—and presumably even more disapprove of domestic violence—90% of people will not watch less football as a result.
The real scandal is not about football or domestic violence or big business.
The real scandal is about what’s happening in our living rooms and in our lives.
The real scandal is our tendency to ignore what we value and to live out something else.