Week 4 Blog

This summer has been a long one in the eyes of most sports fans due to the many off the field issues that have come up. These include racist owner Donald Sterling, abusive running back Ray Rice, and now abusive running back Adrian Peterson. Each of these bring there own discriminatory issues that seem to repeat themselves regularly in the world of the economically well off.

Donald Sterling, the former owner of the LA Clippers, was forced to sell his team after a recorded conversation was released where he said his girlfriend should not be seen with black men. This is racist on its own and definitely deserves punishment but he was well known as being racist before and suffered no consequences until this conversation leaked. A well-known writer for ESPN, Bomani Jones, wrote an article in 2006 about Sterling’s racism through housing discrimination, which ended in Sterling being sued by the Department of Justice.

In a similar way it was known Ray Rice had knocked his wife unconscious but was only suspended two games until a video was released of him actually committing the crime. And off the field he received no jail time even though the police had the video footage.

Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for hitting his child with a switch but was released on bond and will now be allowed to play in his game on Sunday even though pictures have already been released of his son with various injuries.

The Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent killed a man while driving drunk and was only sentenced to 180 days in jail. Donte Stallworth got 30 days for killing a homeless man.

Many of these crimes have to do with the different discriminations we talk about in class but they all have to do with the fact that wealthy and famous do not have to pay for their crimes. All people should be held to the same standards especially when it comes to harming other human beings.

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3 responses to “Week 4 Blog

  1. Bomani Jones is one of the most intelligent and insightful sportswriters in the country. He hit the nail on the head with Sterling. In my opinion, his best comments came when he aired his frustration with how people weren’t outraged in 2006, when it came out that Sterling was committing housing discrimination (quite literally keeping blacks and Hispanics in their ghettos), compared to the level of outrage in 2014 when it came out that Sterling said something racist behind closed doors. It’s incredibly frustrating when people get upset over words, but don’t (want to) pay attention to actions that have tangibly hurt people.

    Link for reference: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jones/060810

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  2. There’s something really interesting in these strings of events about proof and when seeing is or is not believing (alongside the more explicit themes about sports culture and its economics, masculinities, structural oppression, etc).

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  3. Yeah, I feel as if that sports players, in the realm of celebrity and fame, get the most leeway with their crimes and such- as indicated by what you said. That makes me think of how our society values such things- that a man can basically get away with murder if he happens to be on a famous sport team? How much do we, as a community, value entertainment? Apparently enough to be ok with letting a man go after quite literally killing someone or abusing his wife.

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