I never, never,
thought the NFL would be “ground zero” for racial strife. Never did I foresee that the NFL would become the nexus for all communal racial conflict. Football has always been oafish, lumbering entertainment, a (very) big boy’s game with lots of mindless collisions and faux strategy that, if anything, boasted of a vapid disinterested perspective that eschewed any serious social dialog.
A stupid game that makes people stupid.
But what is going on with the game now? The NFL has magically transformed itself into a maelstrom of racial bitterness and prima dona grandstanding by overpaid “victims.”
On October 18, during a routine meeting of the NFL owners, the national anthem protests unsurprisingly came under discussion. Houston Texans owner, Bob McNair, said something that would normally be innocuous, but given today’s touchy, sensitive, crybaby environment, was redolent of subtle, dog-whistled racism.
McNair is reported to have said, simply, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
That’s all it took.
Some Texans players considered staging a walkout following a comment by team owner Bob McNair that compared NFL players to “inmates,” a source told ESPN.
About 10 players, including Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the facility Friday, the source said.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Hopkins’ absence from practice was directly related to McNair’s comment. Running back D’Onta Foreman also did not practice over the quote, sources told ESPN.
Most of the players who left returned to the facility, the source said, and the remaining players were talked out of their protest by the coaching staff.
“When it happened, there’s a thousand emotions going through your mind,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “Obviously, one of the emotions is to leave the building immediately. [But] we decided to go to work. The situation’s not over. It’s something that we’ll reconvene and talk about again, but we had practice today.”
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Hopkins had taken a “personal day.”
McNair, experiencing the Wrath of the Offended that showers upon anyone who misspeaks now, was forced to apologize.
“I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement. “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”
Am I the only person who finds the defensive posturing by 300-pound millionaire Alpha morons absolutely comical and disingenuous? Do these modern day “gladiators” really expect me to place an ounce of credence in the substance of their whining about “victimization” and “racism?” If we truly lived in a racist society, they would be scraping by on the factory floor to survive. They need to simply shut up, play their ridiculously mundane sport, and leave the victimization matrix to those who truly deserve to be heard.
And quit chimping out.