Thanks to the power and immediacy of social media the National Football League has avoided a public relations nightmare that could have left an enormously broad swath of damage. On the heels of yesterdays dramatic fines for what the League determined illegal hits, it was quickly noted that the League’s official website was selling photos of the very hits it determined so egregious. The juxtaposition of being so horrified about player behavior that it warranted massive fines side-by-side with being more than happy to make a buck from people who purchase photos of the aforementioned “tragedies” was disgusting and hypocritical. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If what these players did was so horrific then the League should in no way profit from such behavior by selling photos of the actions. This would be exactly the same as if a rehabilitated Michael Vick sold pictures of the dogs he brutalized.

Fortunately, many of us on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media immediately jumped all over the inconsistency and overnight the League rectified the inconsistency. League Spokesman, Greg Aiello stated, “We regret the mistake… The photos will be taken down and we will ensure that no photos of illegal plays will be available again. An outside vendor uses an automated process to post photos for sale to fans. We will fix the process immediately.” This situation is sticky enough without the League making it harder on itself by stepping into the very mess they are trying to clean up by trying to profit from the mess.