On the Yahoo Sports NFL Podcast, Terez Paylor & Charles Robinson discuss the tough road ahead for Washington fans who have seen their team resolve one offense only to be buried in scandal again only days later.
TEREZ PAYLOR: This has been a very, very difficult week, I'm sure, for the people involved in this story, but also the fans of that once-glorious franchise. I feel like I say this a lot on our podcast, both Washington fans do listen, and I do know how passionate they are about their team.
But I think it's really, really important to remember that with all this other stuff going on, there are people affected, and it goes beyond football, guys. So I know that the rush is to just say, "It's not that big of a story," or, "Belabor the name change." But in both instances, there are people being hurt, and that should always come before things involving a professional sport, loyalty involving a professional sport. You hear what I'm saying?
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, look, we got a lot of Chiefs fans. You and I went through this with Tyreek Hill. Did we not? We went through this conversation about there can be a duality when you're a fan. You can root for the laundry, and you can also go, "Hey, you know what. I want to hold people accountable in my franchise."
This happens often in NFL franchises. The Baltimore Ravens, when things happened with Ray Rice, you can root for the Ravens. But you can also sit there and go, "You know what. I want this dude held accountable for what I just saw in a video." The Carolina Panthers and Greg Hardy or when Greg Hardy--
TEREZ PAYLOR: Happens all the time.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, when Greg Hardy ends up in Dallas, you can root for Dallas, but you can also hope that Jerry holds Greg Hardy accountable--
TEREZ PAYLOR: Right.
If not himself for signing Greg Hardy. So fans, you don't have to-- I get it. I understand. Growing up with the team, there's a lot of emotions involved, and there's all these different things. But I would say the same thing like, you can make it personal when you imagine it's your daughter there crying in the bathroom with some other woman commiserating about the abuse they're dealing with.