If I Slap My Bitch It’s Because I Can’t Beat Down The Opposing QB
What does it say about the modern day male athlete, when they believe themselves to above the law ? Once again another athlete runs afoul of the law-having been caught in another bout of domestic violence. In this case it’s San Diego Chargers’ defensive lineman Shawne Merriman has been arrested for domestic violence and the case of aggravated assault against his girlfriend, tv personality and reality star , Tela Tequila (Nguyen).
All this comes with the preseason about to reach its culmination. And with the regular season about to commence. It once again puts the NFL in the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. PR nightmares come and go ,and in many respect they wane, only to surface again. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell ,for all of the tolerance shown. He, now has to get tough with the players and not let this all be left to be debated in the court of of public opinion. And no doubt we’ll hear the usual perfunctory round of apologies from Merriman as to his actions. One can’t help but wonder what sort of message that this sends around the league and in particular to the fans.
Merriman shoots a Powerade commercial alongside several sports stars.
One also has to take the stance and ask of NFLPA Executive DeMaurice Smith , why it is that he hasn’t been proactive with the regard to the behavior of his members. I’ve read and the opinion of several former NFL players who’ve felt that this is merely an everyday occurrence that’s no different from outside the everyday actions that takes within many domestic households. Well when I last looked or read , I certainly didn’t hear of a situation where you had a domestic partnership. Wherein, the male in that partnership was essentially physically abusing his female partner , merely because she failed to answer him. But one could excuse that behavior, one supposes, because this isn’t the act of a man. But if anything it’s the action of a conceited coward !
For the San Diego Chargers’ management and its ownership. This is hardly the headlines that the franchise would want to be reading and then having to be answering questions about. And given the fortunes of the franchise over the last few years where they’ve essentially underperformed. Merrmiman , for his part is coming off a cloud of suspicion and a four game ban last season along with an injury. But that’s besides the point, as the player’s actions there was of his own volition. But does it set Merriman now in a new light as to how he views himself ? First,as an athlete and then as a member of the public ? It comes down to perception. And if anything these are the questions that really need to be asked and answered. It’ll be interesting to see the action that may well be taken by the NFL and if anything that of law enforcement. We’ve seen the idiocy of the legal establishment as of late. And we’ve also seen the nonchalant attitude of the NFL and how it deals with the transgressions of its members. It’d appear that Commissioner Goodell actually feels it appropriate to arbitrarily mete out justice as he sees fit without about as much clarity and purpose as either Opus Dei or that of the Roman Catholic church and how it dealt with the sexual abuse scandal of young boys. It’s either a slap on the wrist or complete punishment that’s meant to be a deterrent to others. But on the face of it, it’d appear that as of now there’s very little deterring what’s happening on the path of the players and their behavior.
Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Associated Press :
By Bernie Wilson AP Sports Writer
San Diego Chargers star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman says he did not harm tv reality star Tila Tequila at his home early Sunday and he added that he was concerned for her safety because she appeared to be intoxicated.
Merriman was arrested and accused of choking and throwing Tequila to the ground as she tried to leave his home in surburban Poway. Tequila signed a citizen’s arrest warrant charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies.
Merriman spent 2 1/2 hours in a downtown jail before posting bail.
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Shawn Merriman for his part now has to prove to the public and the rest of the NFL that this was an isolated incident. But no doubt as this comes to the public forefront, we’ll see what transpires. It does however, act as a precursor as to what we’ve so often witnessed with an athlete and his behavior. It’s been the usual perfunctory apology and then and public apology to the public. Can we now come to the conclusion that these players now feel that they’re above the law and are entitled ? And it’s not as if the NFL and the NFLPA have been proactive at all in dealing with this issue. The NFL has always been primarily concerned with its image and making money. But primarily about making money ! Everything else becomes secondary for its hierarchy ! As to the behavior of its members they’re about as concerned as the vast majority of politicians are about the constituents that they’re said to represent. Which begs the question can we actually trust either, to uphold the image and spirit of the custodianship of the bodies that they’re said to represent ?
Bi-sexual reality star ,Tila Tequila seen here on the Season 2 finale of her eponymous show ‘A Shot At Love 2 With Tela Tequila’.
And while I for one don’t doubt the talents of Merriman as a player. What I do doubt are the choices that he now makes as an individual in the privacy of his own home. And then looks to absolve himself of his responsibilities when it comes to his acting like a man ,then as a professional athlete. If he thinks it appropriate to act like a thug in the confines of his own home but then as a player on the field of play conducts himself as we’d come to expect. But in effect, then expects us all to overlook one act as fitting, as it should be. Then the other hand act as if it were just a slight lapse in judgement then there’s clearly something that he’s missing. As to what that might be ,I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
NB : Nguyen is set to address the public and the press as to the events that took place. As to what her statement will allude to. One can only surmise that it’ll be something that may well contradict the statement made by Merriman.