At what point does being a fan of the NFL become too difficult to justify in terms of violating personal ethics? When does it become outright hypocrisy to spend time and resources on a sport riddled with behavior that consistently defies one’s personal code of ethics?
Asking for a friend.
After enduring a litany of news reports about Robert Kraft’s personal proclivities, I finally turned my computer off and started thinking long and hard about why I continue to support and follow the NFL.
The main excuse conjured up is eerily familiar – the whole world has gone mad so I might as well enjoy the game simply for itself. I hide behind that one a lot these days.
The bottom line for many female NFL fans is that we have a whole different view of the landscape. What a certain percentage of males (and sadly females) view as merely normal human behavior, the rest of us look at the big picture and see the hypocrisy of supporting a league riddled with misogyny – and worse.
Then my twisted brain tries to imagine how an owner like Kim Pegula might be feeling about the possibility that one of her peers casually disregarded the possibility he might be participating in activities supporting the trafficking of women.
We’ve reached a dangerous place as female fans of the NFL. Each of us has to look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we can negotiate a mindset that supports an organization riddled with a host of misogynistic behavior on a regular basis.
I don’t pretend to have an answer for this dilemma. However, I do believe we would all probably benefit from some soul searching about how to proceed from here.
Each of us has our own tolerance level for hypocrisy before it causes enough cognitive dissonance that we finally take action. Quite frankly, I see my NFL fanhood standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon on a windy day at the moment.
Having long been a supporter of the belief that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, the time has comeI to reconcile this ever-growing conflict in my brain. Typical of how I deal with things, I will proceed with soliciting support and dialogue with others before making a decision.
So, for those of you who see little or no problem with the behavioral problems that exist in the NFL in this regard, this question is NOT for you. I’m interested in learning how others who feel the same way – how do you cope with the obvious conflict of interest?
Editor’s babble: I’d appreciate your thoughtful feedback. FYI I’ll delete any rude remarks because this isn’t a discussion about the particulars of morality. It’s a question for people in conflict and how they cope with it. You can also find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO if you’d like to comment there.
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