Tonight, the pre-show for Monday Night Football will feature a panel discussion about domestic violence. It will include, as Ben Collins points out at Esquire, the perspectives of 11 middle-aged-and-up men, and not a single woman. He goes on to dismantle Bill Simmons’ suspension from the network for calling Roger Goodell a liar and the network’s general posturing and censorship of dissenters and women.
What’s the point of this panel? It’s going to be a meaningless bummer. Hear me out: Everyone — everyone – knows that the only reason ESPN is bothering with it is to make it appear as if they’re “covering” the recent rash of domestic violence incidents and “addressing” their female audience, but it’s an empty gesture if their female audience isn’t even represented by a woman. What would happen if they didn’t bother and just had their normal pre-game show? It’s not like they’d get sued, and no one would say that they’re any more irresponsible than they’ve been demonstrating themselves to be with their crappy “coverage” of the issue anyway. I mean, hell, at this point, the better damage control would seem to be to just not address the issue at all and just let the rest of the world criticize them for that instead of making repeated and tremendous missteps like having Stephen Smith air his victim-blaming opinions about Janay Rice, suspending Bill Simmons for making an attempt at actual sports journalism, and now hosting an all-male panel on an issue that mainly affects women. Keep reading »
This is an utterly tragic story. Jessica Arrendale, an Atlanta area mom, died shielding her six-month-old daughter Cobie’s body from Cobie’s violent father. The 37-year-old was shot in the head and managed to maneuver her body over the baby to prevent her from facing the same fate. Arrendale and Cobie’s father, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, had been out together on the night of September 13, and when they arrived home he became violent. With Cobie in her arms, Arrendale tried to fend him off with a baseball bat. Davis eventually snatched the bat from her, hitting her with it and chasing her until she locked herself and Cobie into an upstairs bathroom. Davis, a former Marine and Iraq War vet, grabbed an assault rifle with a silencer and broke down the door, shooting Arrendale in the head. Arrendale placed little Cobie in the open toilet bowl and then laid over her daughter before dying. Arrendale’s mother, Teresa Inniello, told WSB Radio, “He shot her and [the police] don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction.” What she did was nothing short of miraculous. It’s believed by authorities that Davis would’ve killed Cobie too had she not been hidden. Instead, he walked into his daughter’s bedroom and fatally shot himself. Arrendale leaves behind both Cobie and a 15-year-old daughter named Naomi who’d been living with Inniello. Keep reading »
“Roger Goodell has to go.” A lot has been said of this over the past eight years since Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue as NFL Commissioner. Since then Goodell has endured all manner of controversies, from Ben Roethlisberger’s sexual assault charges to Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring to the bounty scandal, in which he had to suspend Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton for a full season due to the revelation that the New Orleans Saints had been paying players extra stipends for excessively violent tackles. Keep reading »