When someone shows you who they are, believe them.
And if you’ve been paying attention to the NFL over the past few years, you should know who the biggest and most popular league in American sports is.
A league that’s run by people that don’t take violence against women seriously.
And one that likes to make examples out of those that are challenging America to be better.
On Thursday morning, Elissa Ennis, the woman at the center of the Reuben Foster domestic violence case, appeared on “Good Morning America” to tell her side of the story, alleging the San Francisco 49ers interfered with the police investigation.
“Even when I called the police, the 49ers came up there,” Ennis said. “I have pictures of the 49ers going up there, trying to talk to police and saying I’m the same ex-girlfriend that sat up there and lied.”
Back in February Ennis accused Foster of assault, but the charges were dropped months later after she recanted. Ennis says she changed her story because of her love for Foster, telling GMA, “Love will have you doing things that’s not in your best interests.
“I did what I had to do for the person I love. I thought that he would change.”
The Niners denied Ennis’ charge in statement saying, “The 49ers fully cooperated with authorities, assisted in locating Mr. Foster and in no way impeded their investigation.”
The Niners are the same organization that decided not to re-sign Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid after they each took a knee.
This is the same organization that is said to have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to domestic violence.
This is the same organization that ran and hid and declined to comment when “Good Morning America” reached out to them.
Sadly, this is par for the course in 2018. Because this what the NFL has become, a league run by a bunch of rich cowards.
The Ennis interview came a day after we found out just how bad the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs bombed the investigation into Kareem Hunt’s violent incident in a Cleveland Hotel, in which the former Chiefs running back pushed and kicked a woman back in February.
Apparently, the league didn’t file an official request for the Hunt’s police records, but somehow got them anyway.
So the NFL can go through back channels to get a police report, but can get scooped by TMZ, not once, but twice, when it comes to procuring, and seeing, videotapes of football players hitting women?
KMBC has reported that neither the Chiefs nor the NFL were listed on the public records request from the city of Cleveland until after we all got to see the video that TMZ released.
“Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 [hotel] to a representative from the National Football League,” the Cleveland P.D. said in a statement Wednesday.
“The report did not go through the official public records request process.”
To make matters worse, last Sunday Hunt did an interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters and said that the NFL never even talked to him about the incident. ESPN then confirmed that the NFL indeed never interviewed Hunt nor the woman he shoved and kicked.
The way that the NFL has handled these incidents is reminiscent of how the league was so nonchalant and reactive, instead of being proactive, when Ray Rice’s video was released in 2014, also by TMZ, showing him knocking his then-fiancée out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator.
Or how the Giants and the NFL decided to totally ignore the fact that their former kicker, Josh Brown, had multiple domestic violence allegations against him, including an ugly incident at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii when an intoxicated Brown pounded then-wife Molly’s hotel door. Molly Brown called the NFL for help, as they who moved her and her kids to a different hotel for their own protection. The Giants knew all this yet still elected to re-sign Brown, and even gave him a raise.
But again, this is the NFL, a league run by rich and wealthy two-faced cowards who say one thing in public and do the complete opposite behind closed doors.
Earlier this week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called into a local radio station and was asked if he was paying attention to how the league was handling Hunt’s situation.
“Yes, we’re keeping a very close eye, and have a keen interest in how that’s playing out,” said Jones. “But we’re no different than the other 31 teams in this respect … but we’re very interested. It’s a challenging area of what we’re about. Everyone has no tolerance for domestic abuse. Zero tolerance for domestic abuse. Consequently we have to deal with the fact that we’re so physical and it’s such an important story.”
This is the part where I remind you that Jones willingly decided to sign Greg Hardy to a contract a few years ago that paid him over $11 million after he was found guilty in 2014 by a judge for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. And after Hardy was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, Jones picked him up the very next season even after Deadspin released police photos of his ex-girlfriend’s injuries.
And that this is the same man who fumed over the 6-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 for domestic violence of his girlfriend.
But, these aren’t the only times we’ve seen Jones pull the “believe what I say, and not what I do” act before. After threatening not to sign any players who kneeled in peaceful protest to bring awareness to police brutality and racism in the past, Jones furthered that notion by saying that “our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line” because anything else would be disrespectful to the flag.
Well, this is the part where I remind you that there is a picture on the Internet of Jones wearing his hat during the playing of the national anthem. And when he was asked about it, he refused to comment.
People like Jones are the ones that are actually in control when it comes to the NFL, and they are the reason why Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has already been “randomly” drug tested six times since returning to league this season.
Colin Kaepernick’s brother in arms is dealing with the harsh reality of being an active player that has a collusion case against the league, while continuing to kneel before games and use his platform to remind everyone that mediocre quarterbacks are steadily getting jobs while his friend isn’t.
Just this past week, Washington, the team that signed Foster days after the 49ers cut him, decided to sign Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson as the team has lost their starting quarterback (Alex Smith) and backup (Colt McCoy) to season-ending injuries in consecutive weeks.
And for those of you who are wondering who in the hell Josh Johnson is, get in line.
“He’s been discussed for sure. It’s just going to be a matter of which way you want to go,” said Washington head coach Jay Gruden when he was asked if the team considered signing Kaepernick.
But instead of being honest, Gruden lied and said that the fear with signing Kaepernick is that he would have to “teach a whole new offense with a lot of zone-reads.”
“There’s not a lot of time to get a brand-new quarterback and system installed in a couple of days,” he said. “He’s been talked about, but we’ll probably go in a different direction.”
“Just football, strictly football,” Gruden continued. “When you’re talking about a backup quarterback this late in the game you want someone with a similar skill set to the quarterback you have. Not that Colin can’t do some of the things we’ve talked about, but we want someone with a little more familiarity.”
“In order to utilize someone like Colin Kaepernick’s skill set, you’re talking about a whole new group of formations and run concepts,” Gruden said. “It’s very difficult. … Whoever the backup is, they have to have skill sets similar to [starter] Mark [Sanchez], that he can fit into the plays we’re going to run vs. the Giants.”
Gruden mentioned that the team needed someone with a similar skill set to what they already have at the quarterback position, and that by bringing in Kaepernick would lead to adding a lot of zone-read plays to their offensive strategy.
Well, this is the part where I tell you that those plays are only heavily referred to as “zone reads” in college football, as the NFL has deemed them as “run-pass options.”
And guess which kinds of plays Smith and McCoy have always thrived in during their college and NFL careers?
Zone-read and run-pass options plays, just like Kaepernick.
But, what do you expect from a franchise that still has a racial slur for its nickname?
By now, if you’re a woman or a person of color it should be pretty clear what the NFL thinks of you. And that’s giving them the benefit of the doubt of believing that they even think of you at all.
As the league has dealt with P.R. nightmare after P.R. nightmare the past few years, different minority groups have been turned off over time by the league’s in-actions.
Some have decided to boycott the NFL, while other’s interest in the game has waned.
And because of this country’s deep obsession with the game of football, I’m not here to tell you what you should do.
But I am here to inform you about the devil that the NFL has become.
Now it’s up to you to decide if you want to dance with him.
Just don’t say you haven’t been warned.