Like any other person even slightly interested in sports, I have been following the Richie Incognito story via Sports Center and other various media outlets. When the story first broke I was in complete amazement like every one else. After hearing The NFL Countdown crew vent, I mean talk about it, I was refreshed to know that people of their caliber were taking a stand on this issue. Chris Carter hit it right on the head when he referenced Aaron Hernandez; if another grown man in The National Football League threatens to kill you, you had better take this threat very, very seriously. As the reports came in and the case moved along, everything seemed to be normally flowing, then BOOM. Little by little players disgustedly downplayed the situation. One player who I do not care to mention said something to the extent of "if you have a problem with that player, go talk to them." Really? Talk to him? I imagine the conversation would go something like this, "Hey man you got a minute? I was hoping I could sit down and talk about some things. I don’t know how to say this so I’m just gonna say it. I feel very uncomfortable about you threatening to rape me and slap my "real mother". Also if you could stop threatening to murderously kill me I’d appreciate it. Thanks Man! See ya at practice!................................"
After you have allowed that to sink in it I’ll move to my next point. Ok unnamed football player who said if you have a problem with someone you should take it to them. What if your son had just made the football team in high school and the upperclassmen threatened to slit his throat and tie his mother up and make her watch? Would you say oh son! They’re just teasing! Go talk to them and everything will be fine! I sure you would Mr., I’m sure you would. Or how about if your daughter had just made the dance line and again the upper-class men threatened to rape and kill her if she messes up a routine? I’m sure you would once again tell her to sit down with the girls and come to some sort of understanding. Also, to the people who say these examples are too graphic stop it. A death threat is a death threat, as a rape threat is a rape threat. Finally, if the hammer is not dropped 3 times over on Mr. Incognito, it will mean that something highly appalling has happened; it has just become legal to threaten to kill and rape a man, just as long as you play in the NFL. J