Keith Olbermann Is Encouraging The Masses To Boycott The NFL Draft And The Mayweather/Pacquiao To Stand up Against Domestic Violence
Huffington Post- Olbermann told viewers that it is time to "draw the line" on domestic violence and sexual assault, citing both the controversy surrounding expected first-round draft pick Jameis Winston and the five convictions Mayweather has had in the last 14 years for assault against women.
"The choices are about where we as sports fans, where we as human beings, draw the line about domestic violence in this country," Olbermann said.
"I will not promote, watch nor report on Mayweather's fight," he said. "I will boycott it, and I urge you to as well."
Olbermann said he will boycott the NFL draft as well, "because when you discover there are no other adults in the room, that the commissioners and the boxing organizations and the leagues are the money-hungry children, then by process of elimination, you have to become the adult. And we, the reluctant adults, we have to draw a line."
I understand what Keith Olbermann is, I understand that it's his job to create controversy. I understand that he is overly cynical, and challenges his viewers to think critically. With that said, he can get out my face with this holier than thou bullshit. Myself or anyone else making the decision to watch the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight or the NFL draft doesn't promote domestic violence anymore than someone talking about it on their show for ratings. Looking at you Keith. It's sad that these billion dollar organizations employ people who have been involved in cases of domestic violence. It's an issue that deserves attention. However, I am a sports fan, not a judge nor a jury. If anything we should boycott the justice system that has let Jameis Winston and Floyd Mayweather continue to profit off themselves in the wake of such damning allegations. I have never cared about the moral compass of the athletes whose talents I enjoy on a daily basis. If I did, there isn't a sport that would be free from condemnation. The refusal to watch does nothing but make me miss out on sports history. Tuning my TV to another program is far more detrimental to me, the viewer, than it is to billion dollar sports conglomerates that are going to have an ungodly strong viewership regardless. I continue to watch these athletes perform for the same reason I choose not to vote. In the grand scheme of things, I don't really count. I'm not swaying an election, and Keith Olbermann is not making the NFL reconsider it's stance on James Winston.
So let me get this straight Keith. You won't give a dime towards two organizations that employ convicted and potential domestic abusers, correct? Will you take a dime from an organization that gives publicity towards both those organizations on a daily basis? Isn't that just as bad? You are an ESPN employee and ESPN has spent the last two months devoting entire shows to James Winston. They have devoted hours upon hours of footage and air time to Floyd Mayweather. Isn't your company profiting off domestic abusers an indirect way of you also profiting off domestic abusers? It's pretty easy to make a stand when the athletic events in question are a fight between two past their prime boxers and an increasingly boring NFL draft. Really want to show your commitment to the fight against domestic abuse? Don't watch the NFL next year. Boycott the next SuperBowl. Doing neither would show just a much support for the accused as watching an inevitably underwhelming boxing match. Until you give up something that is of great importance to your life you are no better than the rest of us that continue to enjoy sports. Until then your refusal to watch is as disingenuous as a two game suspension for knocking out a woman in an elevator. You may disapprove of domestic violence, but dedicating a segment to denouncing it is still putting money in your pocket. Is it possible you have an ulterior motive other than spousal safety?