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It seems like it should go without saying that the out-in-the-open misogyny is something no woman should have to contend with to do her job. But if you work in sports media, it’s simply part of your life. Complaints about sexist coworkers and colleagues are usually met with an eye roll and little else. Your co-workers will keep writing glowing puff pieces about terrible men. You watch as more and more men are hired to take over an industry that’s never been controlled by anything but men.

The fact that Cam Newton thinks women are rolling out of bed each morning trying to figure out what they can do that day to find and keep a man is sad and hilarious in and of itself. But there’s another kind of misogyny that pervades sports, and that’s the continued promotion and celebration of men who have allegedly harmed women.

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I’ll bet if you ask A-Rod, he’ll say he considers himself a great ally to women, but that didn’t stop him from having convicted domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather on his podcast (did anyone ask for an A-Rod podcast? Ugh) to talk about, of all things, the rehabilitation of Antonio Brown, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than one woman, including forcible rape. Brown denied the allegations and settled a civil case accusing him of sexual assault last spring. And yet it took him storming off the sidelines like a toddler throwing a tantrum for people to decide he might be problematic.

Here’s video of A-Rod greeting Mayweather like a long-lost friend, rather than a guy who has gone to prison for beating women. And if you aren’t familiar with the incident that landed Mayweather in the clink, you should take a few minutes to read the statement his young son wrote about watching Mayweather beat his mother at 4 a.m.

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So why is Alex Rodriguez “Going Deep” (gross) with Floyd Mayweather? I literally have no idea, other than that men just don’t get canceled for harming women. It just doesn’t happen, and it happens even less in the world of sports. Sure, someone should have been there to tell Cam Newton that associating with a Barstool podcast in and of itself is problematic (Google it), not to mention keeping his thoughts on women to himself was the way to go. Someone should have told A-Rod that having a convicted domestic abuser on to rehab the image of an alleged rapist is not a great look. But here we are. Again. Because in the world of men’s sports, women do not matter.

Women can yell and scream and jump up and down about this stuff until we all age out of the business and a younger group takes up our collective angst. But none of it will matter until men in the industry decide they won’t turn away and let this stuff go. It’s true that everyone’s voice is not needed in every conversation, particularly when marginalized groups are talking about their experiences. But this is one situation where we NEED our male colleagues and male sports fans to step up and say something.

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Anything.

Please.

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