How not to handle a crisis
September 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Well, we see the NFL seems to continue to have problems. Between owners with racist remarks to the dumb and stupid antics of their players, the NFL needs to do something to clean themselves up.
Consider the latest issue with Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. He was caught on camera hitting his then girlfriend [and now wife] back in the spring. In the video, they were shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit at Rice right before he throws a hard punch at a casino.
The NFL claimed they only saw it this past week when it was shown on TMZ but a law enforcement official claimed the full video was sent to a NFL executive back in April. But at one point, the NFL has said it asked for the video from law enforcement, but was denied. Something definitely wrong in the front office.
Rice meanwhile had been charged with felony aggravated assault, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that will allowed him to avoid jail time [with conditions]. The program could lead to the charge being purged from his record. He was initially suspended for two games but when the video came out and was then cut from the Ravens and right after was suspended by the league indefinitely.
It’s not the only controversies in the past few years. The Miami Dolphins bullying incident in 2013, the New Orleans Saints bounties and the New England Patriots with their spying scandal.
Just within the past 48 hours, Philadelphia Eagles’ LeSean McCoy decided to give a waiter a 20 cent tip [yes, two dimes] on a bill of over $60 at a Philadelphia restaurant. The waiter – who is a Baltimore Ravens fan – claims McCoy and his friends were using rude language and making “derogatory comments” during their time in the restaurant. [The waiter did admit he forgot to deliver an appetizer.] Once the players received their food, one said “We ain’t eating this s**t. We don’t want it.”
As well, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is being sued by an exotic dancer accusing him of sexual assault. The $1 million suit claims that the 2009 incident caused the 27-year-old to fear for her life.
Another team owner, Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts, is currently serving a six-game suspension and had to pay a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
So, will the NFL front office do something?