Randy Hollis: We'll blindly continue to follow and love the National Felons League

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  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Sept. 22, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Nothing new here. You can find any number of articles bemoaning the fact that fans continue to follow the NFL despite off the field issues for some of the players.

    Other media outlets question whether companies should continue to use NFL teams for advertising and sponsorship outlets.

    What I don't see are any media questioning whether media should stop broadcasting the NFL; or stop covering the NFL.

    If the implication is that individuals and companies demonstrate a lack of a moral compass by continuing to follow the NFL, shouldn't the same be said about the media.

    The truth is the media will never boycott the NFL and actually is happy about the off field issues because both drive ratings and are good for business.

    I still follow the NFL on the field, but admit to being quick to change the channel when the subject turns to the off field discussion. Actually heard one media outlet say they spend so much time on the off field issues because it's a *teaching moment.* Sorry, but I learned long ago that domestic and child abuse are wrong...it's not a teaching moment it's rubber-necking.

  • loganma1 Orem, UT
    Sept. 21, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    The NFL does have problem children. There are a few (not many) that have hurt the image of the league. BUT can we not the say the same about any profession? Should every doctor (or even the AMA) be judged by the actions of the members that commit crimes? Should every police officer be condemned because there are some that are corrupt? The issue is why the league has no policy on criminal behavior. Athletes, politicians, actors, etc. have always been protected from consequences because they are money and career makers for other people. Why I do think the NFL needs a policy, I also think the media needs to back off a little. Many media personalities are falling all over themselves as they attempt to show that they are the most indignant about this issue. Many of them are even forgetting that even athletes deserve due process. Those calling for lifetime bans are the most ridiculous. Can we all please take a deep breathe and be reasonable?

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 21, 2014 2:59 a.m.

    Relax and step off your soapbox, Hollis. Certainly there's a valid point in what you're saying. But it also lacks a great level of perspective and is full of "cut off your nose to spite your face" and "glass half-empty" logic. The NFL's problem stems from its place in the public eye. I really wonder if you went to any major employer/corporation if you wouldn't find a litany of criminal offenders in their employ. I'm sure Comcast and DirecTV employ all sorts of people with criminal records, but I don't see people demanding that we cancel television to make a point. The reality is that the NFL is held to a higher standard solely because it is more visible. That doesn't excuse the criminal conduct of its players by any stretch, but I defy anyone to name another employer which is criticized for not serving as an additional enforcer of the law and for not conducting its own extensive investigations of its employees. And for every Ray Rice, there's a Peyton Manning who is a model citizen. Why destroy the whole league to prove an unreasonable point?