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I think I'll skip the Super Bowl  this year. This week's conversations have been enlightening. For me personally, there's something perverse about seeing Ben Rothlisberger in the biggest sporting event of the year. I'm not launching a campaign. I'm not presuming moral authority. I'm just saying I took a moment to re-read the docs at The Smoking Gun (here and here.) When it comes to cases like this, I think "I don't know what happened," is not a value-neutral declaration. It's one that I employ in order to continue enjoying a sport that I love.


I don't know, given the circumstances, that the NFL could have, or should have, done more. I don't know how you toss a guy who was never even charged. But I'm not the NFL. I'm a dude who likes the game, but is constantly plagued by a shortage of time. I see little wrong with spending it elsewhere. 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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