A short quiz for today–no Googling, please:
How many of you non-football fans out there know why New England quarterback Tom Brady was in the news all summer?
How many of you non-hockey fans out there know why Chicago forward Patrick Kane has been in the news since early August?
One was accused of masterminded a scheme to tamper with game equipment.
The other was accused of rape.
One was the focus of an exhaustive league investigation, which resulted in a 100+ page report and a suspension. He appealed, lost, and took the case to federal court, where his suspension was set aside.
The other was welcomed to training camp this week.
One was no doubt targeted at least in part because his team has a history of stretching, finding loopholes in, and out-and-out breaking the rules. This is, of course, an affront to the integrity of the game and must be punished.
The other was not targeted, despite having a history of bad behavior, which includes an arrest for assault, a weekend in Wisconsin that is the stuff of frat boy legend, and now a rape accusation. But hey, it’s okay, he’s only 20/23/26 (his age at the time of the respective incidents), right? I mean, boys will be boys, right?
Granted, in the one case, the investigation turned up actual wrong-doing, while the rape case is still at the grand jury stage and no charges have been filed. It says something, however, that screwing around with footballs is much bigger news than rape.
Now you may Google away.