By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
By now, you’re all aware of the news that broke Football Twitter yesterday morning around 11 am. Just in case you’re not, here’s a brief recap. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was accused by his ex-girlfriend’s best friend of beating his ex-girlfriend, beating a dog so badly that it put the dog into kidney failure, and beating his son for wetting the bed. She also accused him of using drugs and PEDs.
McCoy then released a statement saying that the claims are false and that he hasn’t had any contact with the people who were involved for months.
Obviously, things are looking terrible for McCoy right now. While yes, the circumstances are a little suspect around the entire thing and we don’t know the entire story, domestic violence in the NFL has been brought back to the forefront.
The usual questions have been asked. Why didn’t she say anything earlier? Why not do something when he went after the son? Why did her best friend have to do this? Why couldn’t she have just left? Domestic violence is a very complex situation and honestly, you have to be in the situation to fully understand it. Which is why I’m not going to expound because I’ve never been in a situation such as this.
But what I will say is this: It can be hard to leave. Maybe her friend was tired of her being treated like crap and wanted to bring attention to her situation. One way to achieve that? Instagram and Twitter. Is it the “conventional way” to do something like that? Not at all. Did it get the attention that it deserved? Sure did.
If McCoy really did this (I’m not saying that he didn’t do it, but we do need to know a little more of the story) he’s going to have to pay the consequences for his actions. However, now all eyes will be on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to see how he will handle the situation. Will he be suspended for 2 games, 6 games, 8 games? A lifetime ban?
In the past, Goodell has been sort of inconsistent with these penalties, but if this case ends up being true, it calls for a severe punishment.
More to come as this story unfolds.
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