How serious? The docket begins with assault, rape, and domestic violence and keeps spiraling out of control. These are not just blind allegations; the authors name names and match felonies to players. Some of the better-known examples: Cornelius Bennett--rape and sexual assault; Cortez Kennedy--domestic violence; Michael Irvin--cocaine and marijuana possession; Nate Newton--sexual assault; Warren Moon--domestic violence; Jake Plummer--sexual abuse; Andre Rison--aggravated assault; Bruce Smith--driving under the influence; and Deion Sanders--aggravated assault, disorderly convict, trespassing, and battery.
Yet, as disturbing as the names and numbers are, Benedict and Yaeger's contention, backed by exhaustive research, is even worse: the league pretty much looks away, tacitly condoning the havoc caused by these overpaid, coddled men-children, whose very propensity for unchecked mayhem fills stadiums on Sunday. But, then, in the NFL's view of things, football is the law. Make no mistake about Pros and Cons though; as sensational as much of it is, this is a serious work with serious footnotes compiled by serious journalists, who, in the end, do something the game's establishment has avoided: they offer a detailed "Game Plan" for addressing the issues they raise. It begins with respecting law and imposing order. --Jeff Silverman
Professional football players need anger, violence and control, while playing a combative top-level sport. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Larry Rochelle
Although, I was charged for this book, when I tried to retrieve it from Kindle, I got the message that there was a download problem, yet a retry was not possible. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. K. Parish
I was a good read, I only purchased it because there was a player with whom I had a incident with in the book.Published 19 months ago by William D. Hunt
I'm glad finally someone wrote about the lowlifes that get paid millions of dollars just because they can play football. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Biography Freak "Jill"
In 2012 the NFL still seems ready to look the other way. While I'm not a huge football fan this book she'd light on a side of the game that all to sadly pointed out that the names... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Beach
At times it read too much like a list rather than a book, but it was eye opening. I think we might suspect stuff like this goes on, but never to this degree. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by dudleydoright