Olbermann blasts league for light suspension
BRISTOL, Conn. — It didn't take long for Keith Olbermann to come out swinging against the nation's top spectator sport for its two-game suspension of Ray Rice for abusing is ex-significant other.
"The National Football League's concern for Janay Palmer-Rice is slightly less than the concern for her that Ray Rice showed on that tape," said Mr. Olbermann. He added that the NFL has the gall to slap Mr. Rice on the wrist, while simultaneously selling a bright pink women's T-shirt with his number on the front in October for breast cancer awareness month.
Mr. Olbermann calls this out as a symptom of the sexist culture of professional sports. Incidents like this make "another generation of athletes and fans begin to view the women in sports as just a little less human than then men."
And it is not just the NFL. Last autumn, we told readers about Travis Kvapil's arrest for abusing his wife prior to the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While BK Racing did not extend their contract with him, NASCAR has yet to suspend him for domestic violence, only said that they were "disappointed" in his behavior.