I know the name Keith Olbermann is revolting to a segment of the population because of his past involvement in the political talk show world, but anyone who denies his ability as a broadcaster is fooling themselves. And Olbermann is at his best when harnessing his considerable talent towards something sports-related. On Thursday night we got yet another example of the man in his element.
On his ESPN2 show “Olbermann,” he launched a tirade against the NFL for its infuriating, tone-deaf and incredibly weak suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice was suspended just two games over a domestic abuse incident from April, where he knocked out and then dragged his unconscious fiancee (now wife) out of the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel. The entire incident was caught on video and frankly made me sick to my stomach then and still does today.
Rice was arraigned on felony aggravated assault charges but avoided trial by completing a pretrial-intervention program. And the NFL suspended him for just two games. That’s simply ridiculous and Olbermann absolutely nails this segment. In a league where trace amounts of marijuana in your system gets you suspended for a minimum of four games, a felony assault charge against a woman gets you two?
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon is facing a one-year suspension from the game for repeated substance abuse problems, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in America who thinks his actions were more revolting than Rice’s.
As I said, Olbermann absolutely nails this segment and if you aren’t watching his new show on a regular basis you are missing out. I sincerely disliked his MSNBC show and loathed his persona on it. But the man is as good as it gets with sports. Don’t believe me? Watch the above clip, then check out his coverage of the killing of stray dogs in Sochi, his segment on concussions in the NFL and his tributes to Jerry Coleman and Tony Gwynn.
Thankfully someone on a major network has called out the NFL for this atrocious action and here is hoping more join the fray and hold the league accountable.