Sepp Blatter’s FIFA re-election joins a long list of tone-deaf sports moments Four more years for the embattled Sepp Blatter? It’s true!
On Friday, soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, re-elected the 79-year-old Blatter to an unprecedented fifth term despite his longtime reign over an organization that has endured scandal after scandal in recent years To many observers, the decision seems mighty tone-deaf, coming just days after 14 people were indicted and seven officials were arrested in the latest FIFA embarrassment.
But Friday’s election certainly has plenty of company in the Tone-Deaf Sports Hall of Fame. Here are some others that come to mind:
The Ray Rice Fallout
This mess produced two prime candidates. The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for just two games after his offseason domestic violence arrest, before a massive public outcry and one damning surveillance video forced their hand and Rice was suspended indefinitely.
But let’s not forget this unfortunate (in so many ways) tweet from the official Baltimore Ravens Twitter feed: SOURCE BASHIR Hashi