Bruce Arians Is Kinda Getting Taken Out of Context About Protesting

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Earlier today, Bucs coach Bruce Arians weighed in on the protests that are happening in the NBA and around professional sports and broader society, and said in part that “Protesting doesn’t do crap in my opinion. I’ve been seeing it since 1968.”

This is the element of his quote that is getting spread more on social and in headlines, but here is the quote in fuller context:

Jenna Laine, who covers the Bucs for ESPN, broke the quote up into two tweets — look how many more likes, retweets, and comments the top is getting versus the bottom:

This isn’t Laine’s fault — again, she did share the bulk of the quote. Nonetheless, once it starts getting retweeted and quote tweeted and people who don’t follow her just see the more inflammatory part. It also became the headline — look here, for example:

Yes, even with the full quote, there are lots of distinctions Arians is ignoring where the venn diagram of protesting and action intersect. However, it was still more nuanced than just the part of the quote that is getting more pickup.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. LOL Ryan,
    Don’t be trying to confuse us with nuances…WTF!
    I betcha didn’t think that after all the crap and all the peeps being fired and suspended, that an NFL coach could be that stupid to lose his locker room like Drew Brees did. LMAO gotta love it (in the sense of an alien watching from outer space).

  2. Anyone of these moronic athletes make attempt to call Arians a racist, he should cut them.

    The Bucs have more blacks on coaching and managenent staff than any team in the league.

    Its about time someone get some balls and stand up to these athletes.

  3. i’m so tired of this bullshit. which sport league is just about the sport? underwater floor humping syncronized gymnastics? great, that’s my new favorite sport. what’s next Will Smith kneeling for 30 minutes in the digitally remastered independence day release in solidarity?

    anything else i state will be less appropriate. if the sec/acc/big12 can’t pull it off i’m done with sports for a bit. hell, i’ll be a notre dame fan if needed. speaking of which, have i told you how awesome Rick Mirer is? NFL lock for HOF!

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