While each incident is being investigated by the proper authorities and monitored by the league, the question needs to asked; should the NFL make examples of Dez Bryant & Marshawn Lynch? Which mean that it would go beyond 1 or 2 game suspension
Each act is an example of what is not only wrong with professional athletes but our society as a whole. These issues goes beyond the exploits of these two players and is indicative of the fact that a serious conversation that we as a society must have. In the case of Marshawn Lynch, this is not the first time Lynch has been in trouble with not only the law but under the spotlight of the Commissioner’s office. These are the statistics on Drunk Driving in our country...
- Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
- About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.
- Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- The percentages of drivers involved in fatal crashes with a BAC level of .08 or higher in 2010 were 28 percent for motorcycle riders, 23 percent for passenger cars, and 22 percent for light trucks. The percentage of drivers with BAC levels of .08 or higher in fatal crashes was the lowest for large trucks (2%).
- Among persons aged 12 or older, males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive under the influence of alcohol in the past year.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol was associated with age in 2010. The rate was highest among persons aged 21 to 25 (23.4 percent). An estimated 5.8 percent of 16 or 17 year olds and 15.1 percent of 18 to 20 year olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year. Beyond age 25, these rates showed a general decline with increasing age.
- In fatal crashes in 2010, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (34%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30%) and 35 to 44 (25%).
- The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help.
- The speed of alcohol absorption affects the rate at which one becomes drunk. Unlike foods, alcohol does not have to be slowly digested. As a person drinks faster than the alcohol can be eliminated, the drug accumulates in the body, resulting in higher and higher levels of alcohol in the blood.
- A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 72-proof distilled spirits, all of which contain the same amount of alcohol – about .54 ounces.
- Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol ingested over a specific period of time.
- In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62%) were riding with the drunk driver.
- In 2010, 16 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk driving crashes, compared to 31 percent on weekends.
- The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 was four times higher at night than during the day (37% versus 9%).
- Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010—that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.
- Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
- Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.
- If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk in 2010 had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S.
- Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about one-third of those are alcohol related.
- Teen alcohol use kills about 6000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
- One in five teens binge drink. Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks.
- 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
- On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
- Almost one in three 8th graders has tried alcohol.
- One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
- Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
- High school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school or believe good grades are not important.
- Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
- In 2010, 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes — one every 52 minutes — and 345,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.
As for the allegation made by Angela towards her son Dez, it speak towards how Domestic Violence is still an issue not only in this country but around the world. These are the statistics in terms of domestic violence
- Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
- Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
- Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
- Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
- The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
- Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
The statistics in both instances are shocking to say the least, we live in society where our youth revere and idolize professional athletes. Which is something that I am sure that the 32 teams and the league office are acutely aware of, the question is should Roger Goodell under the guise of the personal conduct policy suspend both players for longer than a few games. Which would show the fans that these actions will not be tolerated in any fashion. Most will contend that since this is Dez Bryant's first arrest as an NFL player that he should not face that harsh of a punishment and in the case of Marshawn Lynch let the authorities dole out the appropriate punishment.
Obviously the league take a huge effort in ensuring that the game is marketed to families, which of course includes children and females. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar corporation and having the stigma of not punishing individuals who violate not only the rules of the NFL but the rules of society is not something they want to carry on their shoulders.
In the end both players might get slaps on their wrists, which includes a fine or even a game suspension and we will only hear about these indiscretions in passing but the truth is that in the global technological world the league now operates under is this a trend that could have been stopped by making examples of these two individuals