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Jared Holst
11/7 Discussion
Fri Nov 7, 2014 9:38am
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During the past week, I was in between four different topics to write about for the argument paper. After visiting the library and going through the database to see good topics, I narrowed down the topics to two. My first option was to talk about domestic violence in sports. During the last couple of months, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have been in the news for their roles in domestic violence crimes. Ray Rice admitted to striking his then fiancť in an elevator, which he denied at first but then video evidence showed that he did strike her. Once the word got around to the NFL, Riceís team, the Baltimore Ravens, released him from his contract. On top of that, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely until this legal issue is resolved. Rice and the NFL are currently going through an appeals court to decided whether or not Riceís suspension should be overturned or not. Peterson was placed on the Commissioners Exempt list, where he still gets paid his normal salary, but he isnít allowed to be with his team, the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson just recently just agreed on a plea agreement on the case that he struck his son with a branch. Peterson will have to pay a $4000 fine, thatís how much he makes in an hour with his team, and do hours of community service. My argument is whether or not sports are doing enough and enforcing hard enough regarding domestic violence. My next topic is head injuries in sports. Concussions are a big issue in all sports today, and Iím not so sure that leagues such as the NFL are doing enough to protect their players. In a recent research done by the Boston university school of medicine, some NFL players develop chronic traumatic encephalophy (CTE) after their careers are over. CTE impairs judgment, memory, and overall mental functioning. 7 former NFL players that are deceased have tested positive for CTE. Currently there is a lawsuit against the NFL with about 4500 former players regarding the safety and how the NFL treated them when they got concussions. The potential counter-argument is that the NFL has made rule changes regarding hits to the head during games. They think that since they are playing in the NFL, they should know the risks that come with playing contact sports. I am leaning towards doing the hits to the head topic, as I feel like it could be an easy topic to write about, and something that I care about being an all around sports fan.

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