I don’t want to sound sanctimonious and elitist. I really don’t.
Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions; I get that. But this – I just can’t understand this.
The professional football championship game is here – yeah, also never thought I’d be writing something about the NFL on this blog either – and the Baltimore Ravens are still alive, which means everyone is still talking about Ray Lewis. Talking about how he is ending his career on the highest of high notes. Ending a career that will certainly see him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Completely ignoring that his career should have ended 13 years ago. By having him sent to prison for life.
Yes, everybody in the US sports media that wants to keep kissing pro football’s ginormous ass is just sweeping under the rug that Ray Lewis murdered someone at around this same time in 2000. Okay, yeah, I know he wasn’t found guilty of actually murdering Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. But he wasn’t found NOT Guilty either, despite what so many of his apologists cry. He was convicted of obstruction of justice for throwing his two friends under the bus AFTER admitting he gave false information. His two friends were found not guilty of murder, so no killer has ever been found. And evidence like Lewis’ missing bloody white suit continue to point a finger at him.
And at least one of the victims’ brother says he fully believes Lewis drove the knife, which s pretty strong to me. We believe Nicole Browns’ parents beliefs that OJ Simpson killed their daughter, why do we make it different here?
But what gets me most is what looks like blatant hypocrisy here.
At this same time, Lance Armstrong has finally admitted he used steroids to go from cancer’s death door to winning the Tour de France seven times – wins he has now been stripped of. Lance is being burned at the proverbial stake by the press as a pariah for the unforgivable sin of using performance enhancing drugs.
I don’t condone drug use at all. But let’s look at this realistically.
According to so many who follow sports: Cheating at the sport is unforgivable. Murder is forgivable AND forgettable.
And it’s not like these are the only recent examples. The baseball writers stood on their moral high horse by refusing to vote in a single entry into the Hall of Fame this year, sending their anti-PED message loud and clear. Meanwhile, Dallas wrapped their arms around Josh Brent in their support of him, chastising anyone who dared try to crucify him for killing teammate Jerry Brown in a drunk driving crash. Brown was his best friend, they all whine. He should just be forgiven and let go.
Yes, once again, forgive the guy who killed. Burn the guy who dared cheat at his sport, because HE’s the disgraceful person with no humanity.
And I’m gonna get called out for saying this and be declared a holier than thou snob. Just because I can’t just up and ignore this, believing that taking a life is a serious crime.
There’s nothing I can do here to change the opinions of people who believe that this new modern form of cheating should be permanently branded with a scarlet letter, but that football players committing acts of violence is perfectly acceptable because well, that’s just what they do.
Nothing I can do but shake my head and wonder why.
And hope this will be the last I hear of it for a long while…
Oh, Jay Ratliff was in a drunk driving accident? And Nellie Cruz is being tied to PEDs?
Here we go again.