I’m not entirely sure what lesson we are supposed to learn from the National Football League’s contemptible behavior in the Janay Palmer Rice assault – the arrogance, the tone-deafness, the laziness, the willful ignorance, the reliance on deniability, the refusal to be responsible humans, the accrual of power above all other forces – but this much is sure.
Even the very best liars end up being bad liars because, ultimately, the only way not to be a bad liar is to lie so relentlessly and pigheadedly that the people you lie to will finally fall victim to lie fatigue.
That is the NFL’s latest strategy, and it may well work. While people are disgusted by those who run the league, there is not yet evidence that people are tired of the product. It is the only thing they may cling to, and all it costs is the demotion of Roger Goodell to national pantomime villain.
A small and largely agreeable price to pay, all things considered.
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Oh, and does anyone think this (pic.twitter.com/4NgOzY1rfM) will be fully independent? I mean, it may be, but does anyone actually believe it? I mean now that this is the Goodell story and no longer then Rice story?
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On the other hand, Palmer Rice, who was treated shabbily when Ray Rice struck her, has been treated barely better in the last several days, and her lashing out at the media in whose barrel she has been tumbling ever since is both understandable and defensible. Her life just got spectacularly harder, and for a good long time – and that, too, is a measure of the price of violence against women. The pain far outlives the bruises, which is why trying to find even tiny ways to make the victim have to take responsibility for the beating is more than just stupid. It is hateful.
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And in a good hard backslap from Karma, the Baltimore Ravens, who didn’t want to know what they knew, play the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose quarterback has been charged at least twice with sexual assault, in the league’s first Thursday night game on CBS, the network which interviewed the commissioner who is coming apart stitch by stitch.
The really lousy part here? The circle remains unbroken because the business never ends, and no sponsors have bolted from the pasture where the cash cow grazes.
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But hey, at least Floyd Mayweather is helping us get through it, courtesy Mark Whicker writing for USA TODAY (http://usat.ly/1tLXjmu).
And you wonder why you can’t get that greasy film off your hands no matter how much you wash.
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One last thing about this, and then we’ll move on: The Ravens are still giving 2 ½ Thursday.
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And finally . . . no, I lied too. I don’t really want to search the Internet for other hateful stupidities. This is more than enough for one day.
Now go bathe. Two or three times, minimum. You need it. We all need it.