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Ethics In The Nba & Nfl

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Over the past decade we have observed the growth and development of American professional sports leagues, both on the national scale and globally. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) have both cleaned up their image through their participation in various environmental and community programs such as NBA Cares, NFL PLAY 60, NFL Green Team, and A Crucial Catch. Unfortunately, major legal and ethical situations have arisen which adversely affect each league in different ways. This paper details such social responsibility efforts mentioned above, as well as others, and aims to present the ethical and legal issues surrounding former Baltimore Ravens ...view middle of the document...

On July 24th, just before the start of NFL training camp, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, handed Rice a lenient two-game suspension. This decision was highly criticized as many felt Rice just got a slap on the wrist. Following public outcry, on August 28th, “the NFL announced a new, harsher policy for domestic violence” that went into immediate effect. The policy states that a first offense will be punishable by a six-game suspension and that a second offense will result in a lifetime ban from the National Football League.
On the eighth of September, a second video emerged from TMZ that showed Ray Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiancée in a Revel Casino elevator. Shortly after the video was released, the Ravens’ organization terminated Rice’s contract, and Commissioner Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely. The league denied that it had seen the video of Rice hitting his fiancée until that day TMZ leaked it, September 8th. Commissioner Goodell stated that the league only saw the first video, back in February, which solely depicted Rice dragging (his then-fiancée) Janay out of the elevator. A day later, Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s Vice President of Communications stated that the league “requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. (However), that video was not made available to us”. Many began to question if Roger Goodell was telling the truth and whether or not the NFL had pushed hard enough to get the video from New Jersey State Police. On September 10th, the Associated Press, referring to an unnamed law enforcement source, reported that the surveillance video from inside the elevator was indeed given to the NFL, completely invalidating the league’s statements. “The law enforcement official told the AP that in early April, he sent the video to an NFL executive. The official played a 12-second voicemail recorded April 9th from an NFL office number, the AP reported, in which a female voice confirmed that the video had been received. According to the AP, she expressed thanks and said, ‘You're right. It's terrible.’ ”. The Associated Press is respected as a news source. Many feel that the organization would not put their name on something if it was not true.
This situation sparked a huge debate and had many calling for the termination of Roger Goodell as commissioner of the NFL. It is absolute nonsense to believe that Goodell did not have access to this tape. If TMZ acquired it, the NFL definitely could have found a way to view the surveillance video. Considering the event that took place between Rice and Janay, it is ironic that a woman at the NFL confirmed receiving the video and would not do anything about it. All evidence points to the NFL having this information since April. The league had three months to watch the horrific video over and over again and determine what a suitable punishment would be. Ultimately, Rice was suspended for a...

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