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I bet you can tell I’m a woman,” she said, “and I suspect the rest of the world can, too.”

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the NBA; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly men.

She did not flinch. “My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.

Michele Roberts, the new head of the NBA Player’s Union (via emilyisobsessed)

“My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on”

“My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on”

“My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on”

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so the new head of the NBA Player’s Union is a fucking badass, apparently. Oh, and she’s a woman.

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The NFL Is Having Its Steroid Moment

Back before Roger Goodell was in charge, football was always known as the coldest sport. That was whole point! They made a fucking prison football movie and people loved that shit. The football Hall of Fame had no character clause and, to this day, it still doesn’t. It’s hard to get mad at a sport if it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is.

But then Goodell came along and turned the NFL into “The Shield” and suddenly the NFL couldn’t just be a bloodthirsty enterprise anymore. It became an unofficial branch of the military and had to stand for all things American: truth and justice and very large beverage sizes and shit. That’s why Goodell suspended Terrelle Pryor five games for minor NCAA infractions he committed back in college, which was completely insane.

When you run ANY business and take on this kind of moral burden, you are setting yourself up to fail. You will never avoid your own hypocrisy. Ever. Even while trying to make up for the NFL’s lapses in the Ray Rice scandal, Goodell continually talked about how the NFL could set an example for the rest of society, which was the exact wrong thing to say. They can hold as many tasteful seminars as they like, but the NFL will never be free of wife beaters, or drunk drivers, or drug cheats. This is because the players are human. Some of them will fuck up, and some will turn out to just be bad people. But the NFL is now setting up the expectation that it WILL be able to sweep out every last violent offender, which is absurd. Punishments have become ridiculously inconsistent (when they are handed out at all—Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson have been exiled with no definitive suspensions of any kind). The league has calibrated public opinion in every single instance and they have adjusted their reaction accordingly, which is crazy because public opinion ebbs and shifts by the second. (They have also rabidly jumped on player discipline because that’s easy to address publicly compared to the current concussion problem that is inherent in playing the sport itself.)

This is the same thing baseball did with steroids. They took a moral stand and have spent years telling the general public that the very people playing their sport can’t be trusted to be clean. And you know what’s strange? In that same span of time, baseball has had numerous instances of domestic violence that have gotten little to no traction in the popular culture. They leave that shit to the legal system, or they let accused abusers like Milton Bradley and Elijah Dukes wash out of the game on their own. Baseball doesn’t seem to give a shit about the issue, probably because it doesn’t threaten the sanctity of the sport’s record book. It’s the inverse of the NFL’s current predicament. Baseball gets a pass on wife beating and the NFL does not. The NFL gets a pass on PEDs and baseball does not.

And the reason that dichotomy exists is because each sport chose its own distinct hill to go die on. For all of baseball’s draconian measures to keep PEDs out of baseball for the sake of THE CHILDREN, teenage HGH use has actually increased this decade. And nothing the NFL does to curb domestic violence within its ranks will have an effect on the national crime rate. They will not solve wife beating. They can only watch their players get arrested, see if they get convicted, and then punish them accordingly. Ray Rice was a bizarre and catastrophic anomaly here, because he was not technically “convicted” of knocking Janay Palmer out after he got a sweet deal from prosecutors, AND because everyone saw him knock her out, AND because the NFL wasn’t straightforward in its handling of the matter, which has made them impossible to trust with any of these issues. Ever since then, the NFL has been trying to put out outrage fires left and right. (By the way, when it came to Rice, I was just like everyone else who bitched about the punishment not being enough and demanded some kind of equal justice, even though the NFL isn’t capable of such things.)

Football cannot be anything more than what it is, which is cheap and disposable entertainment for the masses. The second you try to seize the moral high ground, you have lost it. Baseball still hasn’t quite figured that out, and it doesn’t look like the NFL will either.

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