If NFL Fans Can Support And Defend Their Favorite Players, Why Can’t NFL Wives?

If NFL Fans Can Support And Defend Their Favorite Players, Why Can't NFL Wives?

Non-sports fans could easily (and successfully) argue that the worst part about sports is the fans. Fans go to war on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, or really any kind of social media they can get their hands on — a universal fan experience deemed to be normal. Exhibiting toxic behavior when it comes to your favorite sports online is normalized and comes with the turf — it’s almost a given. You have to defend your favorite team or your favorite player, no matter what. But what if the person defending that player is their wife? Well, apparently the rules are a little different for them.

Kansas City Chiefs’ wife Brittany Mahomes was called out for the way she regularly posts about her quarterback husband’s team.
Sportscaster Dan Dakich told Brittany Mahomes to ‘be a wife’ and stop posting on social media. The TikTok account for OutKick Sports, a FOX Corporation subsidiary, recently posted a video from their “Don’t @ Me!” podcast where (recently fired) Dan Dakich had some choice words for Brittany. The caption on the post read “We must stop Brittany Mahomes,” and it goes in line with the things Dakich had to say.
“Britney, what are we doing?” he rhetorically asked. “Every day we got to listen to you talk about how you don’t give a [expletive]. Every day we [have] to see [what] you’re mad at somebody about. You’re a wife. Go be a wife.” He compared Brittany to Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who married into the Royal Family after being wed to Prince Harry. Markle also receives a lot of criticism for her involvement in her husband’s affairs and her outspoken attitude.

If NFL Fans Can Support And Defend Their Favorite Players, Why Can't NFL Wives?

“You know, everybody says that housewife and mother is the hardest job there is. Yeah?” he asks. “Compare that to, oh, I don’t know, standing a post in Afghanistan — you’re pinned down. Oh, I don’t know, being on one of those ships that catches all these fish.” According to Salary.com, stay-at-home mothers are estimated to have a median value of $184,820 per year, in 2021. It’s no secret the amount of work they do in order to keep the house up and running, just ask this divorce lawyer. According to the U.S. Army website, a full-time, active-duty, Major in the army makes nearly half that — don’t even ask what a Private makes.

If NFL Fans Can Support And Defend Their Favorite Players, Why Can't NFL Wives?

Of course, there’s no value that can be placed on serving your country overseas, but a price should not be placed on being a stay-at-home mother either — its inherent value is priceless, while the difficulty of both roles should be acknowledged and not ignored.
Instead of trying to place a value on Brittany’s existence as a mother of their two children or a “housewife” (of which she is neither), Dakich’s reasons for calling out Brittany are more misogynistic at their root. Meanwhile, Brittany is wildly successful in her own right. As a former professional soccer player and founder of the National Women’s Soccer League team, Kansas City Current, Brittany is not a “housewife.”

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