Ray Rice Returns

Over the weekend, news broke that his suspension from the NFL had been overturned. Caroline Bankoff explains the sequence of events: Along with the NFL Players Association, Rice appealed his suspension. In a double-jeopardy-type defense, Rice said he told [Roger] Goodell exactly what happened in the elevator during a meeting held after the first video was … Continue reading Ray Rice Returns

What’s The Point Of Body Cams? Ctd

A reader writes: I take issue with the view that the Garner case is a rebuttal of the argument for body cams. Isn’t it compelling that we have this video to show us all what really happened? The public can now make up its own mind what it means. We don’t have to rely on eyewitnesses who … Continue reading What’s The Point Of Body Cams? Ctd

Always Tell Kids The Truth? Ctd

Dahlia Lithwick argues that it’s no longer possible to hide scary news from one’s children: At a dinner party recently, pondering the tsunami of bad and worse news this summer, a group of parents I know wondered whether the world is just a much more terrible place than it used to be (ISIS, Ebola, Hannah Graham, Ray Rice, … Continue reading Always Tell Kids The Truth? Ctd

The Long, Twilight Struggle For Independent Journalism, Ctd

Go here and here to catch up on our coverage of the Simmons-Goodell row. Sports fans from the in-tray have the floor: Your take on Bill Simmons as a fight over journalistic independence is largely misleading.  Does ESPN have a stake in the economic success of the NFL?  You bet.  Does that mean that ESPN is going to stop criticizing the … Continue reading The Long, Twilight Struggle For Independent Journalism, Ctd

The Long, Twilight Struggle For Independent Journalism, Ctd

The comments that got Bill Simmons suspended: My take is here. VanDerWerff considers the places of ESPN and the NFL in the controversy: While it seems unlikely Goodell asked ESPN to suspend one of its employees for calling him a liar, the situation speaks to how much power the NFL has in the modern media environment. With … Continue reading The Long, Twilight Struggle For Independent Journalism, Ctd

The Long, Twilight Struggle For Independent Journalism

I mean, yeah, they went there. pic.twitter.com/SJK1ld0ya1 — Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 25, 2014 Bill Simmons has about as much clout as an individual journalist as anyone out there. Immensely popular, he is one of the few individuals who managed to get a big media company – ESPN – to give him his own sandbox, Grantland, … Continue reading The Long, Twilight Struggle For Independent Journalism

Abuse In The Public Eye, Ctd

Hope Solo speaks out http://t.co/OTJNTeCWr2 @CindyBoren pic.twitter.com/1IVXLmc5Ej — David Beard (@dabeard) September 24, 2014 Ta-Nehisi Coates comments on comparisons between two controversial athletes: Soccer star Hope Solo is alleged to have assaulted her sister and 17-year old nephew in June of this year. Unlike Ray Rice, Solo is still plying her trade as a goalkeeper for … Continue reading Abuse In The Public Eye, Ctd

The Other NFL Abuse Scandal, Ctd

A reader lends his expertise to the Adrian Peterson case: I am a psychologist who works primarily with very young children and their families. It is disturbing to me, especially reading the comments sections of sites that are covering this story, to see how few people seem to have gotten the memo about the impact of … Continue reading The Other NFL Abuse Scandal, Ctd

The Other NFL Abuse Scandal

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been accused of beating his kid. Amy Davidson runs through what appears to have happened: This preschooler wasn’t paddled or, as Peterson put it to police, “swatted”; he was whipped with a stick and left with open wounds on his body. It’s also not obvious that Peterson has been at all … Continue reading The Other NFL Abuse Scandal

Husband Beaters, Ctd

A reader sharpens the discussion over female domestic violence, which the Dish broached back in June: I think both readers you recently quoted regarding Janay Rice hitting Ray Rice have valid points. What bothers me is that it seems to be treated as a zero sum game when we talk about reciprocity in domestic violence. Do … Continue reading Husband Beaters, Ctd