Bomani Jones on the NFL possibly banning the N-word instead of addressing real issues like there only being 4 Black coaches currently in the NFL or how there have been only 7 Black GMs in the NFL’s entire history.
……. buuuuuuuuuuut lets focus on this N-Word thing.
Take a little boy and a little girl. A little boy falls down and the first thing we say as parents is ‘Get up, shake it off. You’ll be OK. Don’t cry.’ When a little girl falls down, what do we say? ‘It’s going to be OK.’ We validate their feelings. So right there from that moment, we’re teaching our men to mask their feelings, don’t show their emotions. And it’s that times 100 with football players. You can’t show that you’re hurt, you can’t show any pain. So for a guy to come into the locker room and he shows a little vulnerability, that’s a problem. That’s what I mean by the culture of the NFL. And that’s what we have to change.
What’s going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it’s time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the longer it goes untreated, the worse it gets.Brandon Marshall
Anonymous asked: This is what makes football extremely scary. Its unrefined without borders. Its a fraternity of caveats that passes down more bad habits then good. Its a blank check for brute force with 0 accountability and its entertaining to the vast majority of the world. But as the NFL scrambles to do damage control and the Miami players gather around Incognito as if he is a brother, the facts remain: Martin is/was a victim of unethical instances in a workplace environment.
I don’t change my stance from yesterday.
We simply don’t have all the facts of what happened. I don’t think Black Miami Dolphin players would be rallying around Richie Incognito if he was a racist scumbag because that’s NOT what happened earlier this season when a white player on the Eagles called someone a nigger.
A few weeks after it happened Riley Cooper got into a fistfight with a Black player (I dont remember his name but he’s a cornerback) because the Black dude was pissed at him.
Black players just aren’t going to overlook racism for the sake of helping out a team mate.
There is something that happened in this Miami situation that we don’t know.
The fact that the NFL is considering erasing touchdowns off the board if the scoring player taunts the other team yet refuses to address flopping is a sign that their desire to suppress individuality is greater than their desire to eliminate behavior that can affect the outcome of the game.
A player flopping can draw a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty on his opponent which can be deadly in the 4th quarter.
A player taunting someone has no impact on the outcome of the game whatsoever.
But the NFL is very concerned about the latter and not the former.
I’m sleep doe.