IT’S THAT time of year again, NFL draft day. That season that misogyny is celebrated, along with what is down right thuggery, not to mention the rape culture scene in so many colleges. Keith Olbermann was the first, only and loudest to proclaim it long past time to stand up against the NFL, tying a boycott of professional boxing into it. Citing Floyd Mayweather‘s domestic violence, Olbermann wants nothing to do with with the $180 million fight with Manny Pacquiao this weekend.
Though records aren’t kept on this sort of thing, it’s believed that no man has ever been denied a license to fight by a state athletic commission as a result of committing domestic violence.
It certainly hasn’t happened in Nevada, where a majority of boxing’s biggest fights have been staged for the last four decades or more.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has six times been charged with domestic violence and served two months in jail in 2012 for the 2010 beating of the mother of three of his children, has never been disciplined in any way by the Nevada Athletic Commission, even though he’s fought 26 of his 47 professional fights in the state.
The story of Jameis Winston is a different case. From ESPN in 2014:
A DNA analysis completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday confirmed that DNA provided by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston matched the sample taken from the underwear of the woman who has accused him of sexual battery.
According to the DNA analysis report, a copy of which was viewed by ESPN.com on Wednesday, the Florida state crime lab determined the chance of the DNA in the woman’s underwear being a match for someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion.
USA Today offers a scandalous white wash of Jameis Winston, rubbing out the victim who has accused him of sexual battery.
After all, it’s NFL draft day and football fans don’t want to hear about this stuff.
The victim eventually quit cooperating, because, you know, Florida is a big sports area and you can’t fight ignorant NFL fans, many of whom are women. However, eventually it was back on and the victim who accused James Winston filed a federal lawsuit against FSU in January.
So, Jameis will be skipping the celebrity portion of NFL draft day.
Growing up in St. Louis as a huge football fan, what the NFL has become sickens me.
Keith Olbermann has become the conscience of professional sports.
McShay on Tuesday acknowledged that Winston’s off-the-field trouble might scare away some NFL teams. “The cons about Jameis Winston are, what are you getting with maturity and with the individual off the field? Can he stay out of trouble? And can he handle himself in a manner where you feel comfortable giving him $25 million or $30 million and tagging him from day one as the face of your franchise? It’s hard, man. I don’t know the answer right now,” he said. [ESPN]
Oh, and by the way, I need to add something, in case you didn’t hear. The NFL dropped its tax-exempt status this week. With it, Roger Goodell‘s salary will no longer be public knowledge. It’s a PR move, but still worth something. Let’s face it, the NFL can use any good press it can buy.
The tax-exempt status of the National Football League has long rankled many. Its 501(c)(6) designation, which the league has enjoyed since 1966 (though it has been labeled a non-profit since 1942), has not meant that the league does not pay taxes. Teams and players have always been taxed, but the league office, which includes Roger Goodell and other high-paid executives, has not. […] the PGA Tour and NHL are still tax-exempt today. Major League Baseball did away with its tax exemption in 2007.[FORTUNE]