By: the Common Constitutionalist
I’m not saying the NFL thing is much to do about nothing. It isn’t. What these players did is inexcusable, but domestic violence amongst NFL players is not an epidemic – not by a long shot.
Yet you’d never know it by the media uproar – the wall to wall coverage – the public outcry and the PSA’s.
Last week Nancy Armour wrote in USAToday (McPaper) regarding the NFL’s Breast Cancer awareness campaign that, “Promoting breast cancer awareness is a noble and worthy cause, no question. By painting itself pink for the next four weeks, however, the NFL gets to pretend it cares oh so greatly about women while ignoring yet another opportunity to educate and inform about domestic violence.”
I guess Nancy is the nation’s authority – judge and jury, regarding the motivation of the NFL. Of course we all know that the NFL as a whole, and certainly those brute players don’t really care about the health and well being of women-folk.
If Nancy had checked her papers own database, maybe she wouldn’t appear so utterly stupid.
It took FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris to run the actually numbers taken from USAToday’s NFL arrests database. He found that the rate of domestic violence incidents amongst NFL players was only about half (55.4%) that of the general population and the overall crime rate was only 13% of the national average.
Still, we know, as the NOW gang has always preached, deep down, men are all predators, despite what the stats say.