Last week, I wrote a blog on how our culture has abandoned virtue. I set forth the premise that American culture has devolved from a society that honored truth to a society which routinely practices dishonesty. This moral erosion is everywhere.
I am a football nut. Shortly after TMZ released the video of the Baltimore Ravens' running back, Ray Rice, punching and knocking out his wife on an Atlantic City elevator- I received a phone call from an old friend of mine. He still works on the police department.
He asked me what I thought of the video, the two game suspension, and the 500,000 dollar fine that Rice received from Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner. Goodell, or the NFL, had issued a statement that they had never seen the Ray Rice video.
I told my friend this was bullshit, a flat out lie. Nobody is going to levy a two game suspension and a half million dollar fine without getting or viewing the best evidence. In this case, the best evidence of what Ray Rice had done was the video.
Unfortunately for Goodell, once the country had seen what Ray Rice actually did on that elevator, we were all shocked. Not just at the paltry 2 game suspension that the NFL handed out- but the failure of local prosecutors to prosecute a clear cut case of domestic battery without the testimony of Rice's girlfriend.
Goodell and the NFL immediately denied that they had seen the video- fearing the backlash and the repercussions that are taking place now.
In fact, if Goodell levied his judgment without viewing the video- that amounts to some piss poor job performance and in that case- I would question whether or not it was time for Goodell to hit the bricks.
Yesterday, an anonymous police department official not only stated they had sent the NFL the video in April- but provided proof that the NFL had received it and had already seen it via a recorded call.
You know what clinches it for me?
Goodell maintained his lie by stating that he "believed" nobody at the NFL had seen the video. Whenever I hear weasel language like that, I know the person is lying. When people use the term "I believe" they use that term to escape the obvious intent of their lies.
Here is the latest report on the Ray Rice video. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11503851/ray-rice-videotape-sent-nfl-executive-april
Goodell, having used that weasel language, is a liar, inept as a commissioner, or both. So what is it Roger? Are you a liar or just a piss poor commissioner who levies fines and suspensions without viewing the best evidence? Or are you just a crappy manager who doesn't know what the employees are doing?
I won't even discuss the cowardly prosecutors who also weaseled out of doing their jobs, pointing to the non compliant victim as proof they could not charge the case.
People make mistakes. Everyone dropped the ball here, pun intended. People fail. But the part that drives me nuts is that people like Goodell once caught, compound their failures through lying and dishonesty. That is the state of our society. These are our role models. Our President routinely pulls the same shit.
Thank you Roger for helping me prove the point that our culture has abandoned virtue. I couldn't think of a better example.