Ethics

Norwood Teague, Chick Magnet

Amelia Rayno has a powerful piece in the StarTribune. What follows is an account of sexual harassment by University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague:

So I agreed to have that drink. But this December night was different. Teague asked me about my longtime boyfriend, as he often did. My mistake was acknowledging that we had just broken up. The switch flipped. Suddenly, in a public and crowded bar, Teague tried to throw his arm around me. He poked my side. He pinched my hip. He grabbed at me. Stunned and mortified, I swatted his advances and firmly told him to stop. He didn’t.

“Don’t deny,” he said, “our chemistry.”

I told him that he was drastically off base, that my only intention in being there was as a reporter – to which he replied: “You’re all strictly business? Nothing else?”

I walked out. He followed me. I hailed a cab. He followed me in, grabbing at my arm and scooting closer and closer in the dark back cabin until I was pressed against the door. I told him to stop. I told him it was not OK. He laughed. When I reached my apartment, I vomited.

Later that night he texted: “Night strictly bitness.’’

The incident wasn’t the first with Teague.

When he first arrived at the university we would communicate via texts, mostly about athletics. But over time the tone of the messages slowly changed, particularly at night.  He would pepper work talk with comments that at first felt weird and eventually unacceptable. Once, he called me “cute.” Another night, after I declined meeting for a drink, he asked me if I was wearing pajamas.

I think it's safe to say that Norwood Teague has a bit of a charisma problem and a whole lot of personal issues that allow him to think himself as being above his accusers. Clearly, he believed himself capable of seducing the ladies and carrying on like a lothario. That crashed when the legal process finally kicked in. His sexual harassment of women has been going on long enough to make you wonder how this jackass got hired in the first place. He should have been fired a long time ago.

Go read the whole piece. And you can look for a photo of Miss Rayno on your own. I could post one here, and we could do a side by side comparison, and it still wouldn't add up to anything because blaming the victim is wrong and always will be wrong. Rayno is a drop-dead gorgeous young woman who, by virtue of her job as a journalist, had to put up with this sleazebag in order to maintain access and do her job. Her looks don't matter because taking one look at Teague should tell you all you need to know about his inability to treat people like a professional.

Powerful mean who look like Teague blame their victims for everything and get away with it far too often.

God, what a sickening story.

If You Win, You Can Get Away With Anything


Like I've been saying, if Johnny Manziel had won anything during his brief tenure with the Cleveland Browns this past season, his off the field behavior would be a non-issue. There are plenty of losers out there and no more than a handful of winners. The winners can do whatever they want and the losers will be subjected to the NFL's stodgy lifestyle analysis and the whims of billionaire owners, none of whom are losing any money by putting a lousy product on the field. Pardon me if I'm not impressed by the idea that him partying had anything to do with the fact that the Browns were pleading with Rex Grossman to come back and save their season.

Did Jimmy Haslam give his team a chance to win this past season? Does that even matter anymore with free agency and parity in the league being what it is nowadays? If Haslam cared what his fans thought, he'd discount tickets for next year as an apology for the fact that he didn't find the best players. Call me when that happens.

Colts Player Arrested in D.C.


Joe Lefeged, Colts safety, arrested in D.C. | WJLA.com

If you're going to raise hell in the District of Columbia, at least make your friend sit down:
Police say officers stopped the car for speeding and because another passenger in the car, 23-year-old Aaron Timothy Wilson, was standing completely upright in the backseat.
Mr. Lefeged was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people doing the wrong things with the wrong items in the wrong car. That's pretty much the end of his career unless someone comes up with an alternative real fast. When the Indianapolis Colts go to training camp in the months ahead, there are plenty of people who are willing to be the next Joe Lefeged who don't raise hell in the District.

I'm beginning to think that there are people out there who are in the NFL who don't want to be in the NFL. Let them get out of professional football. Really, it's not that hard to understand. If you want to play football and make a good living, get yourself as far away from the kind of people who bring guns and liquor in cars into Washington D.C.

Chris Kluwe Was Gotten Rid Of


The Minnesota Vikings have proven, once again, what a classless organization they are when it comes to dealing with players.

Chris Kluwe "had to go" because of what, exactly? Because he was a "middling" punter? The distance between him and the best punter in the NFL amounts to a few yards per punt and little else. That can certainly make or break a game or two, but so can having an inexperienced punter try to break into the league and so can having a guy who has played multiple games against your division opponents. If Kluwe had collapsed, statistically, and been the worst punter in the NFL last season, I wouldn't argue against him being cut. He did not do that. He played adequately for his position which, I'm sorry to say, isn't even that important.

The Vikings are free to do whatever they want but don't tell me getting rid of Kluwe was a "football" decision. They got rid of him because he was an outspoken supporter of ending bigotry in professional football. The NFL has a lot of problems, and hating people who are gay is one of them right now. If you area  player and if you speak out against this, you are going to be gotten rid of.

That's all.