|Victim of women?|
But because Gómez lashed out in public, his violence has opened a debate about violence against women. And, incredibly, for some people the victim is Gómez.
Journalists, politicians and corporate sponsors all condemned Gómez, who apologized, offered a letter of resignation and began psychological treatment.
If her own husband abused her, Rendón added, "it would be because I earned it."
Colombian Football Federation Vice President Álvaro González also backed Gómez, accusing Gómez's critics of a "double morality" because of all of the other bad things which have happened in Colombia. González didn't explain how two wrongs can make a right and seemed to believe that Gómez work as coach was more important than his personal behavior.
Violence is serious business for Colombian football, which has been scarred by violent fans called 'barras bravas,' who have even committed murders during drunken post-game fights. Such behavior comes from an environment of violence and alchohol. But it's not clear whether the football federation, one of whose major sponsors is a beer company, will even fire Gómez.
|Parchita: innocent victim?|
One news article reports that there were at least 90,000 cases of domestic violence in Colombia in 2010
- and those were only the ones which made it to the hospital. Only a small minority of women actually file criminal reports. Gómez's companion did not.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours