Jerry Angelo and reporters at the New York Times did the football industry no favors in the past few days nor did the Sayreville, New Jersey police department or a sports hustler who complained that a star college football player was signing autographs to sell on a nonexclusive basis.Jerry Angelo, a former NFL executive, claimed that the NFL ignored hundreds of domestic violence cases going back to Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s tenure. Angelo then protested claiming he was quoted out of context but Angelo did open a door. Did the teams and the NFL get help from law enforcement officials in making the problems go away? If the New York Times reporting is to believe, that has been happening at Florida State University. The paper claimed that local police have looked the other way when it comes to criminal investigations involving Florida State players. Nine players from the program according to the Times report have been arrested in the past three years but other player incidents have apparently been brushed aside, after all Florida State football is big business in Tallahassee and criminal activity could interfere with business.
Seven football players at Sayreville High School in New Jersey were arrested and will now go through the criminal process after allegations of sexual assault during a hazing incident.
The football culture seems to be out of control. But the money keeps rolling in, despite the NFL’s domestic assault arrests and other players being picked up on different charges, two new TV deals were cut, one in Europe, one in the United States. Colleges are get huge amounts of money from TV but the funny thing about college presidents, chancellors and college board of trustees running the NCAA and big time, big money sports programs. The educators still do not want to share it with the stars of the show, the student athletes. University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley was kicked off the team for the time being for having the audacity of allegedly signing his name for a dealer and making money off of his likeness. That’s a crime according to the overseers of the system. Georgia was selling Gurley shirts for $135 and $90 at the school’s website. Gurley saw no money from the sale of the shirts. In the football culture, Gurley may have committed the biggest crime of all taking money for his signature.
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