Payments followers outraged by NFL hypocrisy in Matt Araiza scenario

Buffalo Payments followers are criticizing the group for selecting Matt Araiza over Matt Haack when the group was conscious of the rape accusations towards Araiza. 

As soon as once more, the NFL has confirmed that being good at soccer trumps recognizing the trauma of girls.

NFL followers have been subjected to the years-long Deshaun Watson case, which has lastly been resolved when it comes to Watson’s profession (though clearly, not for everybody affected). The case has despatched a troubling message to ladies who benefit from the sport and work within the NFL panorama: being proficient at soccer means the league is not going to completely bar a participant for harming ladies. This was reiterated not too long ago when the choose in Watson’s case confirmed that there was proof of “predatory” harassment and hurt perpetrated by Watson, but he initially acquired a six-game suspension.

Within the case of Matt Araiza, the small print of his involvement of the brutal gang-rape of a 17-year-old faculty scholar publicly broke on Aug. 25. However in response to [Update News]’s Tim Graham, the Payments had been well-aware of Araiza’s actions once they lower Matt Haack in favor of Araiza.


[Update News]’s Lyndsey D’Arcangelo factors out the blatant hypocrisy of a corporation — which is one in all a mere few to have a lady as an proprietor — continued to advance the “Punt God” narrative of somebody accused of rape.

The Payments are simply the most recent NFL group to make ladies within the sport really feel unwelcome, as  Washington Commanders brass sexually harassed their cheerleaders, the Houston Texans supplied Watson NDAs for his therapeutic massage appointments, and several other NFL organizations have continued to make use of gamers accused of and even confirmed to have dedicated home violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Payments, NFL illustrate hypocrisy as soon as once more on the subject of violence towards ladies

As soon as once more, the NFL reiterates that it’s extra involved with harm management somewhat than promptly eradicating gamers who’re dealing with allegations of abusive habits. For instance, New York Giants proprietor John Mara admitted that he re-signed former kicker Josh Brown after Brown had admitted to abusing his spouse. Brown re-signed on April 18, 2016, however he wasn’t lower till the abuse allegations grew to become public and there was widespread backlash. On October 25, 2016, the Giants launched Brown and apologized for his or her “misguided” strategy to the scenario.

Which may be one group, however the NFL did the identical when TMZ leaked video of Ray Rice abusing his spouse in 2014. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that he and nobody on the NFL had seen the second video. Ray’s spouse, Janay Rice, got here out and mentioned Goodell was mendacity.

On the time, Goodell admitted that the league had a “drawback” when it got here to violence towards ladies, however the true drawback is how the league and its groups deal with information of that abuse. There’s a constant sample of failing to behave on abuse allegations — even when there may be clear proof — till the information turns into public.

And even when the information is public, because it has been with Deshaun Watson, there have been nonetheless a handful of NFL groups jostling to make him their quarterback of the longer term. The Cleveland Browns rewarded him with a $230 million fully-guaranteed contract, firmly believing Watson would obtain a slap on the wrist and transfer on. There was no consideration that maybe Watson could be banned from the NFL.

Rodger Sherman, the Ringer journalist who gave Araiza his “Punt God” nickname, publicly denounced him and believes he must be banned from the NFL instantly.

If those that as soon as celebrated Araiza for his skills, together with journalists and Payments followers who had been hyped in regards to the draft choose, are executed with him, there isn’t a motive the NFL ought to proceed to make use of males who abuse ladies.