Four years ago, the NFL forbade Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys from placing “Arm in Arm” stickers on the back of their helmets that would honor five slain Dallas police officers.
This year, according to a Thursday report by ESPN The Undefeated’s Jason Reid, the NFL Players Association and the NFL are collaborating on an idea to list the names of black people killed by police on jerseys.
The absurdity of this pivot could only be topped by the folly of DeMaurice Smith’s and Roger Goodell’s other proposed pivot. According to Reid, in Week 1 the NFL will play the “black national anthem,” Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, before playing The Star-Spangled Banner.
So the NFL is going to start its season with all of its employees standing for the “black national anthem” and a majority of its on-field employees immediately taking a knee for the American national anthem?
That’s the game plan Smith and Goodell cooked up?
It feels as devoid of foresight and substance as the trial balloon floated two months ago to reward teams that hire black or female head coaches and executives enhanced third-round draft picks. That failed trial balloon was pinned on NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent.
No matter the architect, what’s clear is the absence of courageous and mature leadership pervasive throughout football. Goodell, Smith and Vincent all appear to have a wet finger flying in the Twitter air hoping a strong gust blows them in the right direction.
Social media has established that the highest form of American humanity is a black ex-felon slain by a white police officer. That is the promised land, according to Martin Luther Tweeter.
Rayshard Brooks’ life is more worthy of celebration and remembrance than David Dorn’s.
Brooks, of course, is the Atlanta parolee/drunk driver who fought police, fired a stolen taser at police and was subsequently shot dead by police. His girlfriend has been arrested for burning down the Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks fell asleep in the drive-thru lane. Brooks’ funeral services were held at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King’s church.
Dorn is a little-known, black 77-year-old retired St. Louis police officer who was murdered by a looter robbing a pawn shop. A 24-year-old black man has been charged with Dorn’s murder.
Had white men murdered Dorn, he would be a household name worthy of having his name on the jersey of an NFL player. Hell, Dorn might be as iconic as Ahmaud Arbery. Unfortunately, Dorn had the misfortune of suffering the same fate as thousands of other black men killed by black men.
With only 1,700 NFL players, the league doesn’t have enough jerseys to list all the black men who will be murdered this year. (Approximately 7,500 black people are murdered each year.) It’s wise to limit the jersey honorees to the 30 or so special victims Twitter has identified and popularized over the last six or seven years.
The lives of the special victims have more meaning and value than the life of Mehki James, the 3-year-old black boy recently killed in Chicago.
The people currently running football are determined to ruin football. They don’t have the balls to do what’s right, to stand up to the Twitter mob empowering Black Lives Matter, aka, White Perpetrators Matter.
Over the last 60 years, football and sports have been a force promoting unity across racial, political, religious and economic differences. The games and leagues are now promoting a re-segregation and a toxic polarization.
Football, a game that forbade Tim Tebow from referencing the Bible on his eye black, is now going to play two national anthems in the NFL. Really? The collegiate Memphis Tigers are planning to place BLM decals on their helmets. Really?
The hypocrisy and cowardice overrunning football are stupefying.
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