Football builds the kind of characters who rioted at Penn. State after a pedophile enabler was fired nine years after he should have been tossed in prison. They didn't riot because they felt betrayed by Joe Paterno. They didn't riot because men they looked up to and admired allowed children to be fucked up the ass by one of their own. They rioted because the university dared to fire the one and only living God...Joe Paterno. Football builds the sort of characters who are just fine when someone else's children are being sodomized by the coach.
Football builds the kind of characters who burned down the home of a Maryville, Missouri rape victim because she dared to complain about one of the local high school players.
Football builds the kind of characters who beat TCU student Bryan Boyd so badly the hospital asked his mother about donating his organs.
Football builds the kind of characters who punished a high school cheerleader for refusing to cheer for the young man who raped her.
Football builds the kind of characters who sodomize younger players with broomsticks...you know...to toughen them up.
Football builds the kind of character who got drunk and ran down a pedestrian, then attempted to defend what he did by claiming to have "flashed his headlights" as a warning.
Football builds the kind of character who shamelessly explained to Time Magazine how he helped to inspire a homicidal rage in the Columbine killers...then becomes a motivational speaker pandering to an audience that's eager to forget why Columbine is a household word.
Football builds the kind of characters who reward children for intentionally injuring other children...all in the name of Pee Wee football.
Football builds the kind of character who murders his girlfriend, then kills himself in front of his coaches.
Football certainly builds some interesting characters. Football is not a game. Football is a training aid and propaganda source that any terrorist, serial killer, or mass murderer can refer to whenever he is having difficulty rationalizing the morality of his own behavior or the evil of the society he is attacking. Football shamelessly protects and enriches some of the most sadistic and loathsome characters the American Family produces; just the sort of emotional reassurance the next Timothy McVeigh, Eric Harris, or Adam Lanza might need before slaughtering his fellow Americans. It is a fundamental tenet of America's football culture that the lives and well being of pedestrians, cheerleaders, bar patrons, students, wives, girlfriends, and just about anyone else a big, brave titan of the gridiron chooses to victimize is a nonissue. After all...what is the safety of violent crime victims when compared to the football player's need to satisfy his passion for sadistic pleasure. Victims mean nothing, and every terrorist in the world knows it.
As I follow the Richie Incognito story it's become obvious that waiting for someone in authority to impose any sort of meaningful punishment upon him is like waiting for Hitler to punish a member of the Gestapo for beating up a Jew.
So here's my advice to Ian O'Connor: The next time someone stages a massacre in a school or some other crowded venue, please remind those who have to bury their children that "football is a sport worth preserving" because football builds character.