In the aftermath of the infamous domestic violence incident which involved a pro football player from Baltimore, it did not take long for an outcry of frustration. Among the prominent female athletes that spoke out was Los Angeles Temptation running back Carmen Bourseau.
Her roots in indoor football trace back to qualifying for the inaugural roster of the Regina Riot as a US import player, alongside fellow Las Vegas native Nikki Johnson. Bouncing back from injuries, Bourseau had a strong comeback year in 2013, integrating herself as a member of the Las Vegas Sin’s offensive attack. Coincidentally, All-Pro quarterback Nikki Johnson was the Sin’s starting quarterback.
Bourseau’s breakout year came in 2014 with a soild season in Los Angeles. Her 201 rushing yards ranked fourth in the league, helping to propel LA to a playoff victory over arch-rival Seattle. For her efforts, she was nominated for an award named after the league’s commissioner, recognizing dedication and perseverance.
From a blonde-haired beauty in Vegas, Bourseau came to LA with jet black hair, embracing the team’s take no prisoners, bad-ass mentality. Such a mentality was evident in Bourseau’s commentary about the barbaric attack that occurred in a hotel elevator.
Of note, the football player dragged his fiancée out the elevator door while she was beaten down. Footage of the video made international news, augmenting debate and prompting some to believe that pro football needed to distribute tougher punishments for domestic violence.
With great bravura, Bourseau provided a rebuttal online, challenging the disgraced Baltimore running back (facing a one-year suspension) to one down of female football. Her challenge was accentuated by video footage, featuring unforgiving this by the captivating women of indoor football. Making an impact, her remarks gained commentary on social media, complemented by positive feedback supporting her statements.
Stating how appalled she was that someone as strong as the Baltimore running back would prey on the weak, one could see the anger emanating from Bourseau. In a season where she impressed with powerful, bruising runs on the gridiron, her comments about one of the most disgraceful cases of domestic violence by an athlete, may have been the most significant.
Calling him a coward, with an expletive to accentuate her anger, there is no question that her feelings represent those of so many women in indoor football. No man has the right to abuse a woman, and the involvement of women in sport like Bourseau may ensure that such misogynist behavior will become a thing of the past.