The Super Bowl of Background Checks
February 1, 2010
It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I am a huge (understatement) classic rock fan. Its also no secret that I also happen to be a huge football fan. So this week my excitement is doubled because not only do we have the Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday but the classic rock band, The Who will be performing at half time.
We have written some ‘cute’ stories in the past linking well known celebrities and athletes to background checks. NFL players make a writers job so easy because the criminal charges are endless. I need something new…….new inspiration for a great story about background screening and the Super Bowl. Bam, it hits me, Pete Townsend is a sex offender.
Classic rock is not without its indiscretions. From Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Phish, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. (Note: If you have not heard of the aforementioned bands I don’t even want to know you) You would be hard pressed to find a classic rock band that didn’t have a run in or two with the law. However, most of these arrests were due to drug use and/or possession. Some would argue that their drug use made their music what it was. Few of these come close to Guitarist Pete Townshend’s 2003 arrest for accessing child pornography. Child abuse advocacy groups are up in arms about the NFL allowing Townshend and The Who to perform at this year’s game. The NFL is well known for their background checks and tolerance of certain offenses. Did they think about this when asking The Who to perform?
The Who are scheduled to play during the half-time show at the Super Bowl in Miami, but child abuse advocacy groups are urging the NFL to drop the act because of an incident in guitarist Pete Townshend’s past.
Townshend was arrested in 2003 for accessing child pornography online several years before. He pled guilty, claiming he was doing research for his autobiography and revisiting memories of childhood sex abuse, and was not charged. Still his name remained in the UK’s sex offender registry for five years.
Now 1500 of these fliers have been distributed to homes and schools in the Miami area.
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