Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Something Seems Out of Whack With NFL Responses

Let's see first there was this political expression by NFL players on the then St. Louis Rams team in the wake of the Ferguson unrest after the Michael Brown death: 

Despite the fact that the "hands up" gesture was based on a total lie, the NFL did not discipline these players and the right of free speech was given as the reason.  This from ESPN:  "they were exercising their right to free speech," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. "They will not be disciplined by the club nor will they be disciplined by the National Football League as it was released today."
Then this last week we have NFL player Colin Kapernick refusing to stand for the National Anthem.  There has been no threat of a fine by the NFL as the NFL says they encourage players to stand, but it is not mandatory.  And the Forty Niners organization issued a statement on NFL.com in part saying: "In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."
NFL denied this expression of support for Dallas officers
But just a couple of weeks ago, in light of the tragic gunning down of Dallas police officers, the Dallas Cowboys asked the NFL for permission to wear an "Arm in Arm" decal on their helmet in honor of those fallen police officers.  The NFL denied their request saying [Steven Jones-NFL executive VP], "Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other teams."

Hmm.   So, no fine for the Rams players with hands up or for Colin Kapernick's political expression by sitting down for the national anthem, but there would have been a fine for the Dallas Cowboys expression of support for their heroic fallen officers that were ambushed: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens. 

Something seems terribly out of whack to me.  
May these fallen heroes rest in peace - May God Bless their families


Bedfordguy said...

It's called living the lie.

Milepost 154 said...

The "out of whack" aspect is that it's the NFL and their bread-and-butter component is 68% black. It's pretty much that simple.


Big Mike said...

yep Harry and Zep.....good comments---Thanks