Fighting won’t be tolerated in games, but it’s apparently OK elsewhere

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As the NFL takes unprecedented measures to force players to leave the violence at work, the league is having a hard time getting players to limit the violence to the portions of work where violence is allowed.

The disconnect between the league’s zealous effort to clamp down on domestic violence and the shoulder shrugging over workplace violence has become glaring. Last week’s memo to all team reminding them that “fighting will not be tolerated” focuses only on games. To date, there has been no league-wide effort to clamp down on fighting during practices.

Which makes it not surprising that fights continue to happen during practice and elsewhere within the workplace. How are players supposed to know that it’s prohibited to break a jaw with a sucker punch in the locker room if the player gets cut and then quickly claimed on waivers by another team, with no sanction of any kind from 345 Park Avenue?

So why hasn’t the league done anything about the fighting? Probably because the non-sports media isn’t criticizing the NFL for failing to keep players from inflicting violence on other players in the workplace. If/when that ever happens, look for the league to mobilize quickly to find someone to hammer with sanctions, with no retroactive action taken against the many teams and players who have taken the “when in Rome” approach to literally mean the floor of the Coliseum.

Until then, the NFL’s approach to the fighting will be to quietly ask, “Are you not entertained?”

23 responses to “Fighting won’t be tolerated in games, but it’s apparently OK elsewhere

  1. Every single football game is a “when in Rome” situation. Each NFL stadium is a modern day Coliseum. I don’t know why you’re so surprised or appalled that fights happen. It’s just the reality of the sport. Fans don’t seem to have a problem with it, not even Jets fans.

  2. you go play any full contact sport that much and see if you don’t wanna fight another dude. not that big of deal so long as it stays on the field.
    Just dont go to the locker room with people breaking each others jaws, smh

  3. The NFL doesn’t want to do anything yet. They are going to hold off until the patriots do it. Then they will lay down the hammer. And the haters will all whine and say the pats are dirty and they are the only team in the history of football to ever get into a fight, blah blah blah

  4. Violence should not be tolerated in locker rooms, in families, or elsewhere. Eli Manning was pushed to the ground by Justin Pugh, and Geno Smith had his jaw cracked. This nonsense should not be tolerated.

  5. Along with referees in training camps lets also have local prosecutors on hand to issue felony assault charges anytime someone takes a swing.

    You are talking workplace. This is not an office or retail store. These men get paid to go out and physically dominate another human being. Most practice fights occur when twp guys whose job it is to physically dominate each other fail to stop doing so after someone blows a little whistle.

  6. “because the non-sports media isn’t criticizing the NFL for failing to keep players from inflicting violence on other players in the workplace”
    Seriously, are you asking TMZ and the like to cover sports more dramatically? I, for 1, have grown tired of the intentional drama being whipped up around sports. Never thought I’d say this, but Trump is right… is way to PC and this “column” is another example.

  7. The only person still describing what Enemkpali did to Geno as a”sucker punch” is you. From subsequent accounts, it sounds like Geno was the one bullying Enemkpali, up until he stood up for himself and decked Geno. If he had actually “sucker punched” the starting quarterback, he would not have made it out of the locker room alive.

  8. Yeah, that’s what we need, more involvement of the media. This is a violent game; always has been. If you’re that worked up about the lack of sensitivity involved, maybe it’s time for this site to cover a different sport.

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