Six state attorneys general sent notice this week that the NFL might be investigated and prosecuted for workplace misconduct allegations at the league office and among the franchises. A requirement for these prosecutors to take action was laid forth by one of the six on Thursday night.
Minnesotas Attorney General Keith Ellison This is Not The End
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison remarked on NewsNation’s Rush Hour, “If we keep getting complaints we will investigate that.” “The fact is, with this material gaining journalistic attention and getting out there to the public, we may start getting more calls from women, from female employees saying, ‘Look there’s an issue,’ and that’s the kind of thing that will spur our attention.”
Ellison is hopeful that things may be resolved without resorting to violence by simply threatening to take action.
It will, Ellison said confidently. The NFL’s higher-ups aren’t the only ones who recognise this as the moral course of action. This is why we have laws. Attorneys general often step in to investigate when citizens refuse to comply freely with laws. We’re crossing our fingers that they’ll do something about it first.
It’s Not Going to be Simple, But it has to be Done.
Ellison remarked, “Well, the league has a lot of work to do.” “The numbers don’t lie; it’s the most watched and most lucrative sport in the United States. It must be an inclusive and accessible sport for all participants.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman coach or a coach of colour. Whoever you may be. An American sport must be one that upholds the ideals of equal opportunity and freedom for all.
The NFL’s obsession with driving all claims made by current or former employees into private arbitration before a rigged, kangaroo court over which the Commissioner or his designee presides makes the possible efforts of public investigators and prosecutors much more vital to the NFL.
The NFL is rarely put in a position where it must defend itself in front of a truly impartial judge or judges, in a truly public venue, where there is a reasonable chance for external criticism of its actions.
To what end does the NFL avoid having impartial observers evaluate whether or not it is acting ethically?
What possible interest does the NFL have in hiding these incidents from the public? If the league is always doing the right thing, then it should have no problem with its decisions, words, and actions being publicly analysed and proven to be correct.
The lawsuit filed by Flores, Wilks, and Horton is just the most recent illustration of this kind of thinking in action.
Knowing it has a problem, wanting to keep the evidence of that problem out of the public eye, and needing to tip the scales of justice in its favour to beat back a potentially severe decision, the league and the franchises will definitely seek the comfort of Court Kangaroo.