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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

The Problem Isn't Just the NFL's


No one can decide who's going to win the Super Bowl and we're going to solve the issue of gun violence in the NFL?

This is a much larger, societal matter, one that the all-knowing, all-powerful NFL can't solve. (If it could just throw money at it and make it go away, believe me, it would.) What the NFL can do is educate players, which it does, and remind them time and again where they should be at specific times of the day and night and of the dangers of associating with dangerous people. And sometimes, as Washington Redskins fans are acutely aware, even that is not enough. A player can be sleeping in his home when gun violence strikes.

The talking heads are trumpeting that this is the third issue of gun violence to strike the NFL, which has about 1,700 active players each year, in 18 months. While that is true, in all three instances the players were the victims, "guilty" only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Modern athletes are as removed from the real world as they and their teams (and the league) can make them, but the sad fact is that they can't be taken totally out of it or out of the times in which we live.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2008; 8:43 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Emil Steiner , NFL , Super Bowl , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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