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Robert Griffin III talked about the Deshaun Watson situation, women and the NFL, and it’s something to appreciate.
The NFL hasn’t done the best job when it comes to protecting women. We all know that there have been several cases of domestic violence, assault, rape and other things.
When Robert Griffin III commented on NFL running back Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension, this woman in sports appreciated what he had to say.
He didn’t hold back when he spoke his mind and luckily he wasn’t the only one media analyst to do so. With so many stepping up, what Griffin said makes even more sense.
The NFL knows how bad this case looks with Watson, and if they accept six games, there will be a lot of flags coming back at them. This case is not Ben Roethlisberger, who was also suspended for six games when his sexual assault allegations happened. The way the NFL blew it and the countless other domestic abuse cases, they had to do something right with this one.
Players have been suspended indefinitely for gambling, too many games to count for cannabis, and frankly there are too many other silly reasons for players to miss games, so Griffin had to say, what he did.
Robert Griffin III should burn Deshaun Watson and the NFL.
Griffin is right to say that the NFL is protecting its brand. So many people have talked about Watson and the 30 women he allegedly asked to do things – it’s a staggering number to think about and reflect on.
This case is unprecedented because of the large number of women. If the NFL didn’t do something about this, there’s no telling what would happen. Women are important to the NFL, and if they’re not comfortable in their work environments, then that’s a problem.
Griffin’s words speak to me because they are true. The NFL has gotten it wrong countless times. It was bad enough that the NFL had to appeal. Protecting the brand is correct – the NFL might really want to do the right thing here, but history suggests otherwise.
Unfortunately, women are sometimes not believed when allegations like this surface and so many men and women will protect someone like Watson. Of course, there are two sides to every story, but at the same time, that number 30 is still burning in my head.
Griffin is right to be skeptical of the NFL and cynical about their motives given the league’s history of treatment of women. This situation is serious and people like Robert Kraft and the other men who have done similar shady things should have been reprimanded as well.
But they didn’t. Now is the time to do it right.
Are they saving face or are they actually ready to defend women? It is no longer about taking sides, but about ensuring that the right punishment takes place. Six games isn’t enough — Griffin knows it, the NFL hopefully knows it, and most fans know it.
Griffin’s words are valued as a woman in the sports industry because we should question the NFL’s motives. If we don’t, more players will get away with the disgusting things that happened. It’s time for the NFL to address the issue and take a stand.