Tuesday, September 16, 2014

No fly zone over this scandal

NFL Should Crack Down On Players Who Father Multiple Children By Multiple Women

Carolyn K. Erwin, Feb. 6, 2013, Examiner.com

Shocking. Appalling. Disgusting. I am referring to what is apparently one of the least talked about family secrets in the National Football League (NFL) that being the number of NFL players who have fathered illegitimate children by multiple women. It's shocking to think that this has been happening right under the NFL's nose, and nothing is being done to address it. It's appalling that such blatant immoral conduct has gone unpunished by the League. It's disgusting that these vaunted heroes on the field are behaving like moral degenerates off the field.

It was during Superbowl week that I became curious when Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis referred to his kids but has never mentioned a wife? As it turns out, Lewis belongs to a special brotherhood of NFL players who have opted to have multiple children by multiple baby mamas without the benefit of marriage. In Lewis' case, he is said to have fathered six children with several women. And he's not alone.

The list of current and former players reads like an NFL score card: Antonio Cromartie - ten children by eight women, Terrell Owens - four children by four women, Marshall Faulk - six children by four women, Travis Henry - eleven children by ten women, Charles Rogers - five children by four women, Shannon Sharpe - three children by three women, and the late Derrick Thomas - seven children by five women.

The rate of NFL players fathering children out of wedlock has been described as "epidemic" by writer Laura Lovell: "The amount of illegitimate and out of wedlock children fathered by NFL players is quite ridiculous. What a big mess these fathers have gotten themselves into, not to mention the all too eager sometimes, women who are willing to trade in a baby as a meal ticket, or those who get caught up in it without intention."

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