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September 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

NFL still doesn’t understand what it has wrought

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a very trying week, and it’s time for the league to do the right thing. (David Goldman / AP)

Corrected version

It is clear, even after extensive coverage of violence toward women, that the NFL still doesn’t get the incredible damage their continued ignorance and incredibly callous attitudes are wreaking throughout our culture [“NFL needs to value a player’s character as much as his talent,” Sports, Sept. 13].

Even though Janay Rice put a haunting countenance on the brutality of abuse, a story in The Seattle Times showed a baffling, uncaring mindset following the Baltimore Ravens victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers [“Post-Rice Ravens subdue Steelers,” Sports, Sept. 11]:

“We had a tough family situation this week,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.  “I thought our guys handled it with class, with character.  They responded.”

Really? Well, how heroic. Just think how much more “class” they would have needed to win if, as in the case of their teammate’s wife, they had been the recipients of a savage left round house to their faces and subsequent woeful mishandling at the hands of NFL leaders.

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley summed up the ice-cold attitude all too often espoused by some athletes and their billionaire team owners and executives: “We was all about getting the win. We wanted to kind of give that to Ray,” Mosley was quoted as saying.

Why “give” anything to Ray Rice other than a felony assault charge and lifetime suspension from one of the most influential organizations on the planet?

Rain Reynolds, Seattle

Information in this post, originally published Sept. 15, 2014, was corrected Sept. 18, 2015. A previous version of this post incorrectly attributed the letter to Joseph Reynolds. 

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