Violence And Violence In Sports

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George Orwell once said: “[Sport] is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting”. Violence in today’s sports occurs when people do not discuss their issues and resort to the violence to solve their problems1. The violence in sports is not limited to players, it includes coaches, referees, and spectators. For the purpose of this essay violence will be defined as the use of excessive physical force and has the potential to cause harm. Media will be defined as the “means of mass communication”. It’s no mystery that some sports such as Football, Water Polo, and Rugby involve more physical contact than other sports. However, the media …show more content…
The video quickly went viral and drew national media attention (ABC Sports and ESPN). Both players had stated that their assistant coach, Mack Breed, had ordered the players to commit the violent act. A coach ordering players to injure a referee is not a common headline and again began to bring up the question: “Does Football bring up violence?”. Upon a proper investigation, Mack Breed was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a misdemeanor assault …show more content…
Off the field players are to maintain professionalism, however Ray Rice made the decision to cause domestic violence. Ray Rice was arrested on Feb. 15, 2014 for a “simple assault charge” with his now-wife Janay Palmer.6 Upon his arrest, the National Football league supposedly followed protocol and suspended Rice for two games. The story imploded upon the discovery of the video footage where Ray Rice clearly knocks his no-wife unconscious.

Without any discussion, the NFL pushed to ban Rice indefinitely. The story quickly went viral as many sports broadcasting media outlets accused the NFL of a scandal. The media claimed that the NFL did see the video and the initial sentence of a two-game ban was justified. The media again drew the connection between football and increased aggression amongst its players. This event was said to be the “first time Ray has ever done this” according to his wife, Palmer.7 Despite Palmer’s claims many previous domestic violence incidents amongst NFL players continued to encourage the connection between football and violence. The NFL has dealt with domestic violence charges on its players before and has given game suspensions even when players were found innocent. On April 28, 2014 the NFL admitted to misstep and introduced a new domestic violence

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