Well, at least one of Donald Trump’s detractors won’t have his world turned upside down by the new president-elect.
Because Roger Goodell wrecked his own world all by himself.
Long before Thursday, when the NFL’s own hypocritical despot was claiming that the election of Trump “makes my job harder at home, too,” Goodell had already made his task at home a headache. Never mind how Trump and his insults and his sordid past have consistently invalidated the issues and roles of women.
Goodell has done the exact same thing, despite intense scrutiny, for the last two years.
“Listen, it makes my job harder at home, too,” Goodell said Thursday, when asked at a conference if Trump’s crude comments about women made his job more difficult. “I have twin daughters and a wife and so I have to explain that to them.”
It’s funny how things work, isn’t it? Because before president-elect Trump was the most prominent symbol of how this nation enables misogyny, it was Goodell. Now the NFL commissioner who delivered wrist-slaps to the likes of Ray Rice and Josh Brown wants to play the good guy, wants to humanize himself and join the half-nation that’s a victim of the Trump presidency that hasn’t even started.
Make no mistake: The coming Trump presidency has assuredly nightmarish aspects, which are well-chronicled in other columns. But at this point, he’s also an easy mark. And while some are feeling legitimate fear, others are directing anger at this president fairly elected (yes, that happened) as means of absolving their own failures to help correct the course of true national equality.
Much of the frustration is very real and very true. But from media to journalist to farmer to Wall Street billionaire, many in this nation could have done (and must do) better to actively promote true equality of race and class and gender and thought. Each of us has plenty to explain, as much for electing Trump as for the decade that led to the election of Trump.
Which brings us to Roger Goodell, who now parrots all the anger and frustration, furthering the very understandable demonization of Donald Trump. Now Goodell wants to join the chorus of Trump detractors too, because hey, what better way for professional sports’ most hated commissioner to reposition himself than as another person suffering (at least a little bit) under Trump?
President-elect Donald Trump
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Except, especially when it comes to women, Goodell is the same demon as Trump. No, he hasn’t caused the same anguish as Trump with his words, but Goodell’s actions, especially in recent years, have done little justice to women in the moments where such justice and balance is needed most.
This is the same commissioner whose league essentially failed to do any serious homework into the case of Ray Rice in 2014. Goodell then admitted that the NFL “didn’t get it right” and vowed to be tougher against issues of domestic violence.
And then he spent the next two years continuing to get things wrong, proving that the league’s whole Goodell-powered initiative against domestic violence was always more about public relations than about women. For the last year, Goodell and his cronies investigated the nasty case of Brown, the former Giants kicker, over allegations that he abused his wife, Molly Brown, and somehow came back with only a one-game suspension.
And then, the league blamed Molly Brown for that suspension, since she didn’t cooperate. And never mind that she shouldn’t have had to, since, to hear John Mara tell it, the Giants knew that Brown had beaten his wife (even if they didn’t know the “extent,” but that’s a well-hashed issue all its own). Just note that Molly Brown trusted Goodell’s advocacy for women so little that she reportedly told police “the NFL would only be looking to bury this whole incident and protect Josh.”
Trump has done more than his fair share to perpetuate the systems that oppress and limit and victimize women within American society. But Roger Goodell has spent the last two years doing something potentially worse, creating an NFL system that fails to recognize the wrongs done to women, even as it claims a different image in “No More” ads and “NFL is family” campaigns.
So how does Goodell explain the misogyny of the Trump presidency to his wife and two daughters?
He’ll dig up his old playbook and figure it out.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News