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The NFL Has Become A Circus Of Political Correctness

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NFL Cam_Newton_during_the_2011_NFL_season - Photo by Pantherfan11Do you remember when the NFL actually used to be about football?  The NFL has become a reflection of society at large, and it has been disgusting to watch the transformation take place.  And I am not talking about the reprehensible behavior of players such as Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.  The things that each of those men are accused of doing are absolutely horrible, and each one of them should have the opportunity to be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.  But what I am talking about is how the NFL has become a circus of political correctness.  These days, there is very little talk about what is actually happening on the field.  Rather, there is endless debate about the latest scandals and about what the proper politically-sensitive response to those scandals should be.  And of course the media just loves to add fuel to the fire.  If they can get a coach or a player to say something that is just slightly politically inappropriate that will give them the latest “breaking news” to write about.

Why can’t everyone just shut up for a while and enjoy the most beautiful sport in the entire world?

And why does a sports league have to be a platform for shoving political viewpoints and social agendas down the throats of the fans?

Now we are even being told by some “sports journalists” that we should feel bad about liking football because of the actions of a few bad apples.

For example, the following is an excerpt from Peter King’s latest article entitled “Should We Still Like Football?“…

So, should we still like football? I’ve asked myself that a few times over the past week. I think we all have. And what I’ve come to think is this: It’s a personal decision. I can’t tell you to feel better about the gutter the NFL has fallen into, or to spend your money on one more NFL jersey or hat or Red Zone channel. It has to be your decision.

If you’re revolted by Ray Rice cold-cocking his fiancée or Adrian Peterson taking a tree branch to his 4-year-old to discipline the kid or the graphic testimony in the disturbing Greg Hardy trial, and you just can’t watch one more game, don’t. It’s your call. No one can make it for you.

Is he kidding us?

I don’t know about you, but I am not going to give up my passion for a game that I have loved since I was a child just because some guy decided to hit his wife.

The players are not the game.

Rather, the truth is that the game is far, far larger than the players.

Or it should be.

When a football player breaks the law, we have a legal system to deal with that.  And football players should not be treated any differently than anyone else.  When they have done something wrong, they should pay the price.

But instead, everyone seems to want to turn the NFL into the politically correct police.  Just check out what U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said the other day

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) signaled on Sunday that Congress may hold hearings on the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse in light of the Ray Rice case,  if the league does not “police” itself.

“If the NFL doesn’t police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. We will — I wouldn’t be surprised if we have hearings,” she said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

And it just so happens that Gillibrand is strongly considering running for president in 2016 if Hillary Clinton does not run.  Some insiders are saying that if Gillibrand does run, she has a really good shot of winning the Democratic nomination.

But I digress.  Getting back to the NFL (or the No Fun League as many are calling it these days), the rules have been altered to eliminate so much physical contact that the players may as well be running around in skirts at this point.

I can understand the need to look out for player safety, but football is supposed to be a full contact sport.  If the NFL is not careful, it is going to eventually become little more than flag football.

But that is not even the worst part of what is going on.  The political correctness in the league office has become so extreme that even the slightest hint of anything non-politically correct is rapidly stamped out.

For example, the NFL recently banned advertisements from “Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products”…

The NFL is forcing Cox Sports Television to cancel part of its advertising deal with Cajun food products company “Slap Ya Mama” due to domestic violence issues facing the league.

In an email sent to “Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products” advertising representative Walker & Sons, Inc., Cox Media Director of Sales Marc Leunissen said that “In light of the domestic violence issues facing the NFL, they have instructed CST pull the Slap Ya Mama logo from our enhancements in the last game, Thursday, August 28…”

But perhaps someone in the league office should have asked what “Slap Ya Mama” means first before instituting such a ban.  It turns out that it actually means something very positive down in Cajun country

Jack D. Walker, vice president of Marketing for Walker & Sons, Inc. says that “Slap Ya Mama” refers to the loving slap on the back and a kiss on the cheek one would give their mother as a thank you for preparing a great meal.

And did you know that the clothing that players wear to press conferences is also closely monitored by the league?

On Sunday, Robert Griffin III was wearing a Christian t-shirt in the locker room after the game.  But when he came out to speak to the press, he had to have his shirt turned inside-out because of league policy

Robert Griffin III attended a press conference discussing Sunday’s football game where the Redskins quarterback appeared to have turned his Jesus-themed shirt inside-out.

Ahead of a press conference about the ankle injury he sustained during Sunday’s match against the Jacksonville Jaguars, RGIII donned a blue t-shirt that read “Know Jesus Know Peace.” However, once the press event was underway, the NFL star’s shirt was turned-inside out so that the Christian message was unreadable. One reporter for the Washington Post even tweeted a side-by-side comparison of RGIII before and during the press conference.

Following the unusual appearance, questions arose as to why the outspoken Christian athlete would turn his t-shirt inside-out. Later that day, Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Phillips offered an explanation for the incident, implying that RGIII’s shirt was not a Nike product and therefore is was banned from public appearances. Furthermore, RGIII has been fined in the past for wearing non-Nike apparel.

Speaking of the Washington Redskins, this whole controversy over their name is another example of the extreme political correctness surrounding the league these days.

For decades, the name stood for honor, integrity and pride and nobody ever complained.

But now the politically correct crowd want to force the Redskins to change their name.

I think that Mike Ditka summarized things very well when he said this during a recent interview…

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”

And of course during the preseason we were subjected to the whole Michael Sam saga.

If he was going to make it in the NFL, he should have made it on his own merits as a football player.

But when he was cut by the Rams, the league office actually called around to teams to try to find someone that would sign Sam to their practice squad…

According to NBC’s Peter King and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, NFL officials called teams around the league to gauge interest in signing Michael Sam to their  practice squad.

Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys signed Sam, who is trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.

King reported this during the pre-game show on NBC prior to the Seahawks/Packers season opener Thursday night.

“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”

“Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Why not just treat him like any other player?

Well, that just wouldn’t be politically correct enough for the NFL.

And in case you haven’t had enough political correctness so far this season, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Every October, NFL players wrap themselves in pink for an entire month.

You see, it wasn’t just enough for the NFL to have an emphasis on breast cancer awareness for a single week.

Instead, they have decided that the politically correct thing to do is to have an entire month of breast cancer awareness every single year for the rest of time.

And there is certainly nothing wrong with fighting such a horrible disease.  We should all hope that all forms of cancer will be absolutely eradicated.

But to plaster the players and everything that the league is doing with pink ribbons for an entire month every single October just to show how “sensitive” the league is goes far beyond trying to do the right thing.

Why can’t the NFL just go back to being about football and leave the politics to the politicians?

Or am I being too harsh?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • DJohn1

    I agree that they have no business dictating the personal life of an employee. If they want political correctness that could backfire big time if one of their players happen to be homosexual and they held that against him.
    The reason they stepped in is the woman probably would not press charges against him. Full well knowing that their livelyhood was at stake.
    What people do in their own homes is no one’s business but their own.
    A good friend of mine once said: “That jerk has to sleep sometime. I would wait until he was asleep and take a ball bat to him.”
    Human relations are complex. Especially if the woman actually loves this jerk. Any cop on the beat will tell you they take more than one person onto the scene of a wife-beating. That is because the complaining party is just as likely to turn on the cop when they go to take him downtown for the night to cool off.
    The wife has to stand up for herself. If she fears for her life, she needs to leave and go to a safe house until it is over. She needs to divorce the jerk and find someone else that will treat her right.
    There is a certain kind of male that is dangerous to himself and to anyone around him. That person goes off with anger and hardly even remembers what they do. When they go off adrenaline adds to the strength of the person. That is what makes them dangerous. They do not even remember what they have done most of the time.
    We had these kinds of people sometimes in the military. When they went off, they did heroic things on a battlefield. If they survived, they barely remembered what they did. They were called berserkers.
    In a marriage, berserkers often kill their mates without even knowing that they have done it. They piece things together to their horror afterwards.
    What this country needs is to have safe houses for people married to these berserkers. I don’t know if there is method of defusing them. If there is it would involve some kind of post-hypnotic suggestion that would immediately calm them down or put them to sleep for a while. Really do not know if that would even work.
    This football player sounds like he might be a berserker.
    If so, he is extremely dangerous at this point and needs to be locked up for his own good. Otherwise something very tragic is likely to occur.

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      I don’t think Mr.Rice’s career should end over that elevator incident, despicable as it was. Our society doesn’t just punish: it punishes, and punishes, and punishes.

  • jaxon64

    What is scary about Kirsten Hillibrand’s comments is that 90% of politicos from both sides ( 100% of demoncrats) of the aisle think like this–that the government has some kind of right or obligation to get involved in the personal affairs of the citizenry or the way that private corporations manage themselves. That the government needs to establish protocal and regulations against everything that people do–even if it is a private affair between 2 adults in a relationship.
    Granted–Ray Rice is a little punk. I have 3 sisters and 2 daughters. If I EVER heard of one of their husbands or boyfriends punching one of them…those women beaters would suffer a beat down that would become legend–their fingers may never be able to make a fist again after the crippling damage–this is not bluster.
    HOWEVER–the girlfriend, who is now his wife, has forgiven him..denied anything has happened since and they are healing their relationship. The league has given him a death sentence to his career and a mandatory 6 game suspension for any incident of domestic issue ( thank goodness all companies don’t fire employees for behaviours of employees off the clock–and I’m not talking drugs which stay in the body for protracted periods and affect actual work performance)…the government needs to stay out of this and let the NFL run their own business.
    PS: didn’t the nazis eventually start micro-managing all of the businesses and industries in Germany? Liberals like to use the word “fascist” but it seems that everything that the national socialists did under hitler is EXACTLY what liberals propose in America.

  • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

    I’m glad that political correctness did not dictate the actions of the Vikings General Manager, who has allowed Adrian Peterson to play, at least for now. As for Kirsten Gillibrand, her infamous (and not at all contrite) confession: that “we all knew” that the President was lying about how Obamacare would impact the public, ought to discredit her to the electorate forever. My husband, a union electrician, has advised me to go easy on Gillibrand since she is pro-labor. But even he is voting Republican in the next election just to get rid of ACA.

  • Jacq

    They fired him so they wouldn’t be seen as condoning his behavior, which could affect their profits. The relationship between abuser and victim is complicated. Both parties are emotionally damaged to begin with. Then you have the different types of abusers. Some could be helped with behavior modification, hypsnosis, psychoanalysis, medications, etc. Some are too damaged to help.

  • CynicalGuy42

    So many things in America are declining. It’s not as easy to find something good on TV as it used to be. A lot of secular music sexualizes women. The debt keeps getting larger. Politics has always had its problems, but we’re getting more polarized and political correctness has wormed its way into other areas of life, like the NFL. Not to mention that people have used politics to push immorality.