Sep 27, 2014
The NFL's domestic violence issues — and the league's bungled response — has been inescapable lately.
So for this week's podcast, we talked to someone who knows the long view when it comes to the league and the perception of athletes in the media, Robert Edelman, a sports historian and professor at UCSD.
There is no precedent for the level of intensity the NFL is facing for cases like Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens player who's been released from the team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL.
One of the big concerns to come out of the scandal, Edelman said, is the impact it might have on kids who idolize certain players. Kids wear their favorite players' jerseys and obsess over them in a way that doesn't exist in other corners of our culture.
"Sports is what we call an empty vessel, kind of like a garbage in and garbage out," Edelman said.
Jump to 22:33 to hear more of what Edelman had to say.
Also on this week's podcast, Andy Keatts and guest co-host Randy Dotinga explore the plausibility of philanthropist Malin Burnham's gambit to form a nonprofit that would purchase U-T San Diego, try to explain what the San Diego City Council was up to with a symbolic vote on the Climate Action Plan and debate Dotinga's belief that all cyclists are lawless menaces to public safety (he doesn't really think this).