That was the immortal line from the movie “The Outlaw Josie Wales” (1976) in which one character, the vicious Captain Terrill, wants to pursue and kill all the Confederate irregulars who had fought against the Union. In hot pursuit of Eastwood and a wounded confederate, Terrill rejects the idea that the killing will stop once the final two “outlaws” are dead.
“Doin’ right ain’t got no end,” Terrill coldly says.
Certainly, the NFL remains in the “doin’ right” business. Witness the latest blurp of former Niners DT Ray McDonald being released by his new team the Chicago Bears after a weekend arrest for domestic violence and possible “child endangerment.”
The Bears are certainly in their right to do this. And I shed no particular tears for McDonald.
However, the NFL (both the league, and each of the individual teams) are increasingly “weaponizing” a mere 911 call. If a bitter baby-momma is arguing over something (anything!) with their NFL-player boyfriend, and they KNOW that a single call to 911 claiming assault could possibly END that guy’s CAREER….?
Well then, that’s a BIG STICK to be holding, isn’t it?
Of course, there are downsides for the momma. Her monthly checks may drop dramatically – or disappear altogether – but you never know what somebody is willing to do to “hurt” the other person.
Some might even argue that “Incident #2” with McDonald was born out of the NFL/Media spotlight of “Incident #1.”
The second woman accused McDonald of rape, while no charges were ever filed. So McDonald has now counter-sued the woman for defamation, who is counter-counter-suing him.
Her lawsuit is one hot mess. And it comes with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred!
Not that I think she’s lying, or that McDonald is a responsible gentleman. It’s just…wow. I mean… read it!
She claims she slipped on his pool deck and was knocked out for 8 minutes. She claims he did NOT call 911, because he thought she was DEAD and didn’t want to found with a DEAD WOMAN at his house (Note to self: good point.)
However, he claims he’s got extensive security footage all around his house, that in fact shows consensual sex. He claims she’s a famous “party girl” who posts pictures of her self on social media passed out, or “fall down drunk.”
Oh, and for good measure, fellow Niners LB Ahmad Brooks has been brought into the whole mess, because she claims that HE TOO sexually assaulted her.
“Roger, over to you!”
The latest incident with McDonald is still very unclear. Did he actually touch his baby-momma? One source said he broke down a door. His own attorney said basically nothing happened. For a lot of people however, all they hear is “ARRESTED” and automatically presume some kind of guilt.
For most law-abiding folks, its not hard AT ALL to *NOT* get arrested. In fact, we do it all the time, and we’ve done it for years, this whole “not-getting-arrested” thing.
But you never know when something crazy might just happen. I remember one time the treasurer of the county where I live, was ARRESTED for “assaulting” a 10 year old kid.” Outrageous, right? And from a person of such high responsibility and authority!
As it turned out, the neighbors who made the complaint to police, had been in a long running feud with Mr. County Treasurer. The case involved citing a “small red mark” on the boy’s elbow, as evidence of the “assault.”
In other words, this incident too had become “weaponized.”
But hey, with McDonald, we know he’s a scumbag and this is his “third strike” (if by “strike” you mean things that have not even resulted in a criminal charge) so “Good Riddance” as Bears teammate Kyle Long wrote on Twitter. Never mind the details. Righteous certainty, in a black and white world. It must feel so, so good.
Oh, my. Talk about another whole layer capricious, arbitrary, and wildly inconsistent set of rules for NFL teams to attempt to navigate. Would college offenses count? Would that put Tampa already on probation for Jameis Winston? Does failure to pay child support, count as “domestic violence?” The list of “what if’s” would be as long as your arm.
Now, if only somebody could sign LB Jermaine Cunningham. That way, we’d all get the answer to the burning question: “Soooo… how many games DO you get for ‘Revenge Porn?'”