The sexual harassment crisis just might be the break he was waiting for.
As predicted when Harvey Weinstein first made news for being a letch, the sexual harassment hysteria that is sweeping the nation has now officially hit the sports world like a ton of bricks. This time the NFL Network, ESPN, and 81-year old Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson have found themselves on the wrong end of accusations from former female employees.
Without discussing the merits of the above-mentioned allegations, as we really don’t know the full facts, being the grump that I am, I am well past tired of the endless one-way sexual harassment/assault news stories that have been dominating all forms of media the last few months, both in the sports world and elsewhere.
Media, both social and otherwise, expect us to drool like Pavlov’s dog each time they report some new salacious allegations. I won’t dance to their tune and am politically incorrect enough to have some healthy skepticism. I’m also politically incorrect enough to point out truisms of our current sexual harassment crisis that no one dares to mention publicly:
- An accusation is just an accusation and not necessarily a fact.
- A consensual act is not harassment or assault, just because upon reflection the woman involved later (sometimes years) decides the relationship was a bad idea. Typical of this mindset is Matt Lauer’s former production assistant who had a voluntary affair with Mr. Lauer in 1999. She now claims Matt Lauer “ruined her career.” Ms. Zinone, let me clue you in on something. You are in control of your own actions; hence, if your career was ruined because of this affair you are just as responsible as Matt Lauer. Did it not occur to you at the time that having an extra-marital affair with a co-worker might just have negative consequences to you both in and outside the office?
- We hear a lot about the terrible men in power who have, for years, had quid pro quo relationships with females. What about the women who said yes to the quid pro quo relationships? Don’t they share at least some of the moral responsibility as well? Since we’re now in the moral judgment business, shouldn’t we say a pox on both houses?
- An overwhelming majority of men have not, nor ever will, sexually harass or assault women, but the media and politicians now treat men as if they are natural predators of women. Isn’t this negative stereotyping of men? Isn’t this the same type of rationale that liberals hated when Don Trump Jr. brought up the Skittles analogy regarding Syrian refugees during the 2016 campaign?
- Politics will drive this “crisis” forward at least till 2020. Democrats believe this is a good issue for them, as it will help motivate single women, a core constituency, to the voting booth. The sexual harassment crisis will end after the Democrats recapture the White House and both chambers of Congress, and one of their own big dogs that they want to protect gets in trouble. Then the media will call him an icon and the accuser will get the Paula Jones treatment, and we’ll be told about her, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”
Brace yourself for the social justice to come: it won’t be just and will also be downright anti-social. Circling back to the world of sports, within one day of allegations against Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson he announced he was selling the team that he brought to Charlotte in 1995. Not to worry. Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, aka Puff Daddy, plans to buy the Panthers. His motivation for buying the team? “I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.” Oh yes, he also wants to make the halftime show a higher priority. If all of this is supposed to be progress, please put me in the #NotMeToo category.
Jerry Richardson (YouTube screenshot)