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Sports have a role in times of tragedy. To most, sports talk and highlights are meaningless on a day following a school shooting in Texas. But to others, sports are their only escape, a distraction from the greater sorrows.
Unfortunately, the NFL chose not to provide an escape on Wednesday. Instead, NFL.com has dedicated its homepage to — wait for it — George Floyd, who died two years ago today.
The anniversary of Floyd’s death, not football or a massacre not even a day old, is the NFL’s focus right now.
Take a look:
The NFL is the only major sports site to feature Floyd’s death as its lede. At the time of publication, ESPN, the NBA, MLB, NHL, and CBS Sports do not have a mention of Floyd on their homepage.
Why would they? Sports sites hardly cover an athlete’s death two years later.
The NFL wasn’t going for the “bigger than football” idea here. If it were, it would have covered the Texas shooting. It didn’t. And that’s telling.
See, the NFL is using this opportunity to pander to the social justice crowd that’s no longer on its side.
Because critics so aggressively accused the NFL of white supremacy during the latest coaching cycle, the league has calculated that taking a day out of each year to celebrate George Floyd, whose death is associated with perceived racism, could be proof that the NFL is not a racist organization.
Wednesday, broken-hearted readers turned to NFL.com for an escape from a disturbing event that saw a monster murder children. Understandably, people needed that diversion. However, NFL.com is far from a place of fun and distraction right now. It looks more like Slate and CNN and Twitter.
The NFL is virtue signaling by capitalizing on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. That is both pathetic and predictable.
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Few in sports are as pathetic as Roger Goodell… Mr. Woke personified.
Manford is worse.
Thats rich honoring a convicted felon resisting arrest national felon league not for nuthin
George Floyd died a tragic death. He was also junkie with a wrap sheet. Did he deserve to die? Nah. Does he deserve to be lionized? Nah.
Is George Floyd really the best person for black people to lionize?
doesn’t everyone have a felony on their record and meth and fentanyl in their system? Oh, left out trying to pass counterfeit bills.
Only the dumbest people in the world choose criminals as their martyrs. And only the most shameless organizations pander to those same dumb people. The NFL is a disgrace.