So read the New York Times sports section headline. The headline was referring to the racist, misogynistic, and homophobic e-mails of Las Vegas Raiders coach (now former coach), Jon Gruder.
For most, that underbelly, along with the phony PR moves of Commissioner Goodell, caused us to walk away years ago. The NFL has thugs, domestic violence, dog-fighting, and a cavalier attitude about brain damage that took too long to address. The writer of the Times piece says that the NFL should be called the “Neanderthal Football League.” Of course it should, but most of us figured that out years ago before the private e-mails confirmed our suspicions. These are neither nice nor honorable folk. Why do people keep giving them money?
One additional lesson from the debacle is that the Gruder e-mails were turned over as part of a Goodell investigation into Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington football team, and his management of allegations of an “atmosphere of pervasive sexual harassment.” No one is really sure what Goodell found there because he kept it all quiet. The only public information from the investigation were the Gruder e-mails. Truth somehow percolates.
Let’s let Goodell loose on another team and see what he can come up with on everyone but that team. The safest place in the NFL is being under investigation by Goodell. You will be fine. But the collateral damage will be extraordinary albeit not surprising.