I have a problem with that because of the deification of major league sports. I also have a problem with saying that a particular closed group of people can operate under different rules of conduct. We wind up with guys who don't know the boundaries or think the rules don't pertain to them like Michael Vick or the MLB/bike racing guys who thought they could getaway with performance enhancing drugs or the guys who get sexually aggressive because they think they are entitled. Or the New Orleans bounty situation which as I understand it was offered by t management but accepted and carried out by the players.<quoted text>I'm just recounting what I have read. And what I have read is players on the Dolphins saying he's getting unfairly portrayed and is a good guy, players on his and other teams who say use of the N-word is not indicative of him being a racist, players (specifically team mate Pouncey) saying Martin himself had on multiple occasions questioned whether or not he was cut out for the NFL. Understandably, we, who do not live in the world of big time football, see the initial facts released, and we make judgments based on how that would play out in the world we live in. But those guys don't live in the same world. You can't compare appropriate behavior in a regular office environment to appropriate behavior in their world. A fight breaks out among co-workers in your office, someone's likely getting fired. In football? You break up the fight, and continue with what you were doing. The rules are different. The culture is different.
I can't wait to see the next twist to the story, but hearing such a different perspective almost universally from the viewpoint of NFL players themselves is eye opening.
In a court of law, you are entitled to a jury of your peers. In this instance, I'm feeling like we really are not his peers. His peers are the other players, most of whom (so far) support him.
I disagree with a win at all costs mindset, or that a guy needs to be toughed up. The large amounts of money involved don't justify the actions--IMNSHO.