For two weekends this season, the game of football wasn't the biggest NFL story.
On consecutive Saturdays, horrific off-field incidents grabbed headlines. On Dec. 1, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend nine times before fatally turning the weapon on himself a short time later outside team headquarters. Seven days later, Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. was killed in what police charge was an alcohol-related car accident involving teammate and driver Josh Brent.
DUIs. Domestic problems. Gun violence.
These are societal issues that receive more national media coverage when viewed through the magnifying glass placed on professional athletes. Players command far more attention than the average citizen for everything they do.
Trying to comprehend why these two NFL tragedies happened should begin with personal accountability. The media blame game then extends to a league in which success is predicated upon the money generated by ...