I like sports, and I have a daughter.
I have a daughter who will one day ride in elevators with the partner of her choosing and in a few months I will have a son who will eventually grow up to ride in elevators with the partner of his choosing.
Christians, fathers, and sports enthusiasts all need to do a better job of stopping violence against women. The recent NFL scandal about Ray Rice battering his fiancé in an elevator isn’t going to get that done.
I have watched the footage of Ray Rice and Janay Palmer (now, Janay Rice) in the elevator; several times.
I wonder what that says about me as a man, as a Christian, as a sports enthusiast, and as a father.
We fathers, Christians, feminists, and sports enthusiasts need to own up to this: the Ray Rice scandal is not so much about domestic violence as it is about the NFL covering their PR butts, the rage of media members who were lied to by suits who make millions of dollars manipulating the media every day, and the love of scandal.
I understand why I was drawn to the video.
I love scandal. I feel entitled to know everything there is to be known.
I am of a generation that expects that which is public to include all that was intentionally private and I spend embarrassing amounts of time calculating in my private time those photos, thoughts, and plans that I wish to make public.
But here’s what I wonder:
What exactly does this video footage change tell us that was not already documented?
In a few weeks, Ray Rice’s headshot will be lightyears from the news and the National Football League and its billions of dollars will be invested into winning some other public relations battle.
Domestic violence, however, will still go on. And on. And on.
My greatest fear is that the response towards this awful situation is spurned more by our craving to be in the front row for scandal than it is a concern for the human spirit.
And my greatest hope is that I am wrong.
This story began as personal for me because I have a fantasy football team, a subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket, and I listen religiously to sports radio.
After reflection, however, it is personal to me because I am a father, a husband, and a Christian.
Sensationalized violence doesn’t fix the problem, it IS the problem!
Here’s what makes it better: Directing our anger towards domestic abusers as opposed to NFL owners and holding ourselves accountable as fathers, husbands, and Christians; not NFL commissioners.
The NFL is A problem not THE problem. Domestic Violence is the problem. So let’s do something about it.
What Would You DO?