Home and Away: The Representation of Masculinity and Blame in Discussions of Domestic Violence in the NFL

By Jeremy Schnieder and Jessica Tinklenberg.

Published by Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities

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Published Online: September 27, 2016 $US5.00

The backlash against the National Football League for the light punishment of Ray Rice, who beat his then-fiancée unconscious in 2014, followed by domestic abuse allegations and prosecution of other notable professional football players set off a firestorm of blame and blame-shifting among NFL owners, players, and fans. Throughout these discussions, the rhetorical choices of the various parties illuminated the shifting values connecting masculinity and domestic violence in sport. This paper analyzes several official and unofficial messages from parties connected to the situation to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which definitions of masculinity have been impacted by rhetorical choices in the NFL this year.

Keywords: Values, Masculinity, Domestic Violence, NFL, Epidiectic Rhetoric

Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.31-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 27, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 672.130KB)).

Dr. Jeremy Schnieder

Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Dr. Jessica Tinklenberg

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, USA