We hold Football players more accountable than others? Let’s treat Kanye like the NFL did Baldwin and Incognito.

We’ve seen this type of behavior in High School.  It’s called being disrespectful and a bully.

Our first reaction to Kanye’s prance onto the stage was laughter.  Images of the front row “in crowd” showed Bey-Z, Kim, etc. laughing.  Did they know at that point how Kanye really felt?  Thanks to a post interview, we all did. 

Flashback to the Super Bowl just last week.  Most of us did not see Doug Baldwin’s end zone celebration unravel on live television, but instead knew something had happened since a penalty was given to the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin's Super Bowl touchdown celebration has earned him a fine from the NFL.

According to a report from FoxSports.com, Baldwin has been fined $11,025, which is the league minimum for a penalty such as Baldwin's.

Baldwin hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson

with 4:54 left in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLIX. The score gave Seattle a 24-14 lead, but it's what came after the score that drew the league's ire.

After the touchdown, Baldwin dropped the ball, squatted and appeared to simulate defecation. The celebration drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty from the officials.

Baldwin declined to say whom the celebration was aimed at but acknowledged after the game that it had an intended target.

"That is between me and the guy it was directed at," Baldwin said Sunday night. – ESPN.GO.COM

Here's an amateur video of Baldwin's actions and the resulting penalty.

So Baldwin, at an internationally televised event, decided to pretend to take a dump on a football.  Just a football.  It wasn’t someone’s career or lifelong work, but a pig skin full of air.  We didn’t see Baldwin’s actions until after the game and most of us were still not concerned.  The penalty was for excessive celebration and I am sure Baldwin, the football, and the $11,025 have moved on from the incident.

Football has had some issues of recent, but let's stick with the thread that is similar to what Kanye and Baldwin did.  Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Ritchie Incognito missed the latter half of the 2013-14 season due to a bullying scandal.  He was suspended from November 2013 until the end of the season, February 2014.  Incognito never played for the Dolphins again, but is now signing with the Buffalo Bills, helping new Coach Rex Ryan build his team into something to be reckoned with, as Ryan states, a bully.  Looks like Incognito is getting rewarded for something he was just let go for, bullying.

Like Incognito, Kanye had his return to the big stage, a televised music award show.  He was scheduled to perform twice, but unfortunately we ended up seeing him perform thrice.  Coming up from his perch in the front row, sitting beside all the other triple platinum stars of the music industry, and onto the stage, we all saw the hand move toward the microphone, but then pull away.  Did Beck dodge a bullet?  Did we come that close to seeing Kanye push Beck off to the side, praise his “it crowd” friend and give Beck a verbal wedgie repeat of what poor Taylor Swift received? 

I laughed like most of America did during the Grammy Awards as the almost drama played out on stage, but soon after, we all learned that Kanye is still the self-inflated windbag.  Does his actions put him in the same category as Baldwin and Incognito?  Acting like a child when given a national spotlight as well as degrading and bullying others when it doesn’t go the Kanye way?  So if we penalize mockery in football, and suspend players for being bullies, what should we do in the music industry?  Can we fine?  Can we suspend? Or can we not since music and creativity are part of our free speech?  Who can control Kanye’s actions if he cannot even do it himself?  Isn’t there a governing body of music that could in so many words, fines, or actions tell Kanye to “stfu?”

Looking back on what happened to Beck, it took me back to a scene that many kids live every day in high school.  The cool kid is approaching you, wants to talk to you, wanting to share your spotlight.  Sure why not.  He’s cool.  I’m just a band geek or the smart kid in class and everyone thinks he’s great.  All the other cool kids are watching.  What could go wrong?  Well, there was that incident a couple of years ago with that girl, but I’m sure he’s changed.  Everyone seems buddy buddy and then bam!  The delayed wedgie or that shove into a locker.  A swirlie?  Remember those?  Fortunately my only issues were with the school bus bullies.  Is there a way we can pull Kanye out of high school? Is there a way we can pull society out of high school?

Some Beyonce supporters are saying that Kanye was right and Beyonce deserved the award whilst others realize there are talented people in every shape and size and genre and not all of them are commercialized or sell as many records as the other.  Not all of us are the head cheerleader or the quarterback.  Thank goodness, there are people out there that realize there may be someone more deserving than the quarterback.  There may be a hero out there more important than Gronkowski that may make the winning play (thanks again for that Malcolm Butler).  Without the Butlers and the Becks, the Beyonces and Gronks would still be shining bright.  But without the Super Bowl and the Grammys, we may not remember that there are other just as talented (if not more) people out there than what the media feeds us. 

So what should we do, if anything?  What can we do, if anything?  Wasn't there the disrespect like we saw from Baldwin and I would say the bullying like Incognito.  Maybe we should hold those artists in gowns and tuxedos to the same set of morals we do those Neanderthals in jerseys and pads.  Or did those jocks and cheerleaders just one up us yet again? 

I think what surprises me is that most are just letting it slide.  A few musicians and sports figures are talking out about the incident, but not as many that need to.  Many Instincters probably won't even read the article to this point and would like to tell me "stfu" and get over it.  Sounds like something we've all heard before in the halls of our school. 

But then again, Kanye apologized and is now selling his limited production 9,000 pairs of  $350.00 shoes.  So he's moved on with an apology and new scheme to put himself in the spotlight once again.  I guess we should move on too?  I mean, it's not like he's going to do it again.  After all, he apologized so everything should be back to normal in the halls of Hollywood High. 


And F.Y.I Kanye …

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