Fox Sports' Katie Nolan recently chimed in on the disturbing Ray Rice video.
Nolan hosts the show "No Filter" on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays covering the top headlines in sports and pop culture. But she decided to explain on her show on Tuesday why boycotting the NFL because of Rice is not the right call.
"But all this Ray Rice stuff has put me in an uncomfortable position. How do I reconcile my values and beliefs if my love for a sport that has an ongoing issue with domestic violence? How do I support a commissioner who needed to see a video of a man punching a woman in the face in order to realize it's unacceptable? A leader whose governing decisions appear to based on a bro-tastic internet meme."
Her response to those who want to boycott the NFL: "Let's face it, it just isn't practical."
She touches on some strong points, including being a woman in the sports media ranks.
"Women in sports television are allowed to read headlines, patrols sidelines and generally facilitate conversation for their male colleagues. Sometimes, they even let us monitor the Internet from a couch. And while the Stephen A. Smiths, Mike Francesas, Dan Patricks and Keith Olbermanns of the world get to weigh in on the issues of the day, we just smile and throw to commercial. A lot of people like to justify women's supporting role in sports media by saying, well, they've never played the game so they just aren't qualified to speak about it. Because, God forbid, someone misspeak about the game. But topics like domestic violence and racism and corruption? Let's let Boomer handle those between downs."
Nolan goes on to urge the importance of women's place in sports media, noting that "it's time for women to have a seat at the big boy table."
She also calls on both the NFL and sports media to begin to shift the conversation, at least those involved in the conversations.