When in a business setting and facing any sort of adversity, wouldn't you want the face of your company handling the situation? Internally and externally?
Looking at the NFL, players and coaches always mention "It's a business." Whether it's a player that gets cut or traded or a coach that gets fired. Those three words are used a lot.
In the face of one of its toughest times in history with off field behavior, the NFL needs its leaders to step up, and when I say leaders I'm pointing at you NFL owners. Why send out your head coach or GM to a press conference when making brash decisions regarding a player's behavior or suspension? You sign the paychecks at the end of the day and control the franchise. So there we were yesterday, seeing Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and General manager Rick Spielman taking questions from the press, not the owner Ziggy Wilf.
Same story in Baltimore last week, Jim Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome sitting there in front of reporters and explaining the franchise's decision, as well as a few months ago when the Ray Rice saga broke. Is it too much to ask to have the CEO of the company talk? Are they that big of cowards? Rather we just see a statement issued by the owner and no face behind it.
In the real life business world, with accusations pending whether it be domestic assault, child abuse, etc. the majority of companies policies is to suspend that person indefinitely until the legal process plays out or just strictly a straight termination. The reinstatement of Adrian Peterson yesterday is just absolutely absurd and an obvious money grab by Wilf. Yes, he's an extremely talented player on Sundays, but with another claim of abuse coming out yesterday, how can any business setting condone that and move forward with blinders on?
It took video evidence for the Ravens to finally do the right thing, that video prompted the Carolina Panthers to make the decision on Greg Hardy deactivation in Sunday's game, who has a domestic abuse trial pending. The 49ers have ignored the Ray McDonald domestic abuse case, rather focus on the legal process and not do any sort of punishment on their own.
Take them off the field
Such a slippery slope when dealing with these issues in the NFL. Nothing is uniform, rather tend to put blinders on unless there's any hard evidence.
I've got some advice for you NFL, if such a "business", then handle it like Americans would and Chris Carter's powerful words on Sunday "Take them off the field!" I guarantee once you take someone's livelihood away, it will definitely make them think about their past actions moving forward.
I'm not really an opinionated piece guy, but felt this needed to get off my shoulders...
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms