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BASN’S NFL PRIMER: TEN REASONS WHY THE LEAGUE IS FULL OF IT, PART I
BASN’S NFL PRIMER: The NFL IS FULL OF IT – TEN REASONS WHY, Part I
By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor
PHILADELPHIA (BASN): Once again, football season in upon us…
The question, however, has changed from “Are you ready for some football?” to “How the fuck can you call this football?”
For decades, the National Football League has been able to skate on integrity because its product was always in demand. No matter how good or bad the team was, interest never waned; some franchises would go so far to even brag how there were waiting lists to become season ticket holders which spanned years! You don’t have to be an MBA to know you’re sittin’ pretty when you’re generating serious revenue potential regardless of the quality of your product…
A potentially seismic shift may be occurring however, due to recent on and off – field events which have thrown mud on the image of what is called “The Shield” – what some in the bought -and-paid-for media have used as the League’s nickname. Here’s a look at ten of them:
10. SpyGate: After New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick were fined a total of $750,000 for cheating by videotaping the opposition (leading to possibly two of their Super Bowl victories) on September 13 , 2007, League Commissioner Roger Goodell destroys the tapes (and whatever damning evidence was on them) with no real explanation. Understanding Goodell is paid by the owners, this had to be a group decision no matter what might be implied because Goodell only has as much power as the team owners will allow.
9. The Punishment of Matt Jones: Matt “White Lines” Jones, a former wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was caught by police in his car gettin’ ready to go Scarface on several lines of cocaine; but when the Commish found out it was a White player, Jones literally did no jail time – and would not have been hit with any penalty at all were it not for the unexpected intervention of then – Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter.
Porter complained to the press about the double standard Goodell seemed to have established for white players as opposed to Black ones – and was hit with a $20,000 fine. Porter’s response was as expected. “How the hell are you gonna fine me $20K for talking about someone who got caught with cocaine – and did no jail time?” The fine was later rescinded as Porter’s words leaked out but it wasn’t because they were displayed for all to see and hear on The Mouse (ESPN) or any other media entity aside from us here at BASN…
Jones would eventually get hit with a very quiet three game suspension by Goodell, but the damage was already done; the spirit of self-entitlement had already permeated the Jags’ locker room – and destroyed what chemistry might have flourished there that season…
8. Michael Vick: All I have to do is say the man’s name and it will generate some kind of response it seems from everyone. As the dog fighting issues and Vick’s people (who I feel sold his Black ass out) came to light, Goodell made a point of insisting that the League would conduct its own investigation ahead of the Feds or anyone else. The media frenzy, which allowed media whores like PETA to ride The Mouse and anyone else they would fuck to blast Vick – leading to him being indicted – and doing hard time – for his role in the dog fighting ring.
Hailed as “the new sheriff in town” Goodell was given all kinds of pats on the back for helping to put that awful Negro behind bars; the vibe would be totally different in the next situation…
7.The Protection of Ben Roethlispervert: Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, came into the league and was successful early on in gaining a Super Bowl ring for his team, but that success was countered with multiple episodes of “alleged” sexual battery. Since this didn’t involve Lassie or Rin-Tin-Tin, there was no effort by the Commish to initiate his own or League – endorsed investigation; in large part because he was protected by the league owners!
In one particular incident in Milledgeville, Georgia on March 5, 2010, police there were investigating Roethlisberger for a sexual assault inside the women’s restroom of the Capital City nightclub. The accuser, a then-20-year-old student at a nearby college, was seen at several establishments with Roethlisberger leading up to the incident, including posing for a photograph with him.
Roethlisberger spoke with police the night of the incident and stated that he did have contact with the woman that was not consummated and later said the accuser slipped and hurt her head.
The accuser was treated and in the emergency-room, a doctor and two nurses reported “superficial laceration and bruising and slight bleeding in the genital area”, but could not say if trauma or sexual assault was the cause in their report. In interviews with the police on the night of the incident, the woman alleged that Roethlisberger, after inviting her and her friends to the V.I.P. area of the nightclub, encouraged them to do shots of alcohol before Anthony Barravecchio, a bodyguard of Roethlisberger and an off-duty local cop, stated he led her down a hallway to a stool and left.
According to witness accounts, however, it was stated that Barravecchio “placed his hand” on the accuser’s shoulder and nudged her into the restroom where she claims the assault took place, something Barravecchio’s lawyer would deny happened. Roethlisberger then allegedly approached and exposed himself to the woman; and despite the woman’s protests, followed her into what turned out to be a bathroom where the woman claims Roethlisberger then had sex with her.
Further allegations revealed that friends of the woman attempted to intervene because of concern, but Edward Joyner, an off duty Pennsylvania State Trooper acting as a bodyguard, said he didn’t know what they were talking about; and later claimed to not ever having encountered the victim. Milledgeville Police Sergeant Jerry Blash, who was among the first to respond, and said after observing the scene to Barravecchio:
“We have a problem, this drunken bitch, drunk off her ass, is accusing Ben of rape.”
While Blash would later confirm he did say this – and never formally questioned Roethlisberger, he did speak to him and his off-duty police bodyguards at the Capital City club; but, according to his own report, Roethlisberger was on his phone most of the time during the encounter.
Blash also failed to mention he had posed for a picture with Roethlisberger earlier that evening; and that a videotape which may have been able to shed light on what happened near the bathroom was “taped over” and not collected as evidence when Blash came on the scene…
Now while news of Roethlispervert’s antics are leaking out, The Mouse and their Resident Rats are keeping mum on the incident; in large part because the QB was to do a network special featuring him and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal during the time the incident occurred.
When The Mouse finally squeaked out their reporting of the events in Milledgeville, the story was already three days old.
On April 12, 2010, area district attorney Fred Bright held a press conference to announce that Roethlisberger would not be charged. His statement was “looking at all the evidence here, I cannot prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”
In the aftermath, a Pittsburgh-based company, PLB Sports, which marketed “Big Ben’s Beef Jerky,” terminated the company’s five-year sponsorship of Roethlisberger, the first such action in the company’s 14-year history. Jerry Blash finally resigned from the Milledgeville Police on April 15, 2010. Anthony Barravecchio was never disciplined, despite a local investigation where the Coraopolis (PA) Solicitor reviewed a 500-page Georgia Bureau of Investigation file re this incident.
The feelings of Steelers’ management aside, Roethlisberger went to New York City and the NFL’s main office on Park Avenue, from where he emerged, smug smile devoid of contrition (imho) in tow, and brief addressed the press that he would be suspended six games (later reduced to four) for what happened.
6. The Arrest of Jim Irsay: On March 16, 2014, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested under suspicion of DUI and possession of prescription drugs and approximately $30,000 in cash in Carmel, Indiana.
Given the Hammer of Gawd Goodell was allowed to wield, it seemed lightning bolts were due to hit Irsay’s ass in a Noo Yawk Minnit – but it never happened; as a matter of fact, it took over five months before a six game suspension and a $500,000 fine was agreed upon as an in – house punishment – hey when you’re an owner, what did you think was gonna happen?
It was later revealed by Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz that Irsay has had an ongoing drug problem. Irsay’s daughter, Carlie, has taken over the day-to-day operations of the Colts while her father was in rehab. On September 2, 2014, after Irsay pled guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation; not even a wrist – slap.
Before any NFL athletes would or could challenge the hypocrisy of what they would be charged with by the Commish had similar issues befallen them, Ferguson and Michael Brown’s murder happened…and so did Eric Garner’s murder. In that time frame since Irsay’s arrest and sentencing, the mainstream media had enough sports issues to sidebar themselves from more attention being put on himself – which the NFL’s bed partner, ESPN, was more than happy to oblige.
The lack of consistency and “convenient” focus on other issues seemed to do the trick in obfuscating any desired effort to nail Irsay and Goodell for their hypocrisy, especially after all the other issues which emerged from the Brown and Garner murders about the value of Black life and how they (especially males) were viewed by the police.
As all the misdirection was flowing, The NFL couldn’t care less if their initials stood for “Niggers Ferguson Lynched” as long as the rhetoric was going elsewhere.
To be continued…
Always outnumbered…never outgunned.
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