The NFL appears to have some challenges when it comes to embracing a world of equality – specifically, equal application of rules, as well as equal expectations of their players to uphold standards of conduct for the sake of the NFL brand’s overall image.
Proof of claim to follow with presently.
Meet DeSean Jackson:
DeSean’s a neat fella with a talent for football and a love for posting things on social media that get his ass in trouble.
Did You Know:
DeSean spent his first six NFL seasons with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round in 2008, and he returned to the team last season in a trade with the Buccaneers. He has two years left on a three-year contract worth up to $27 million. In other words, he’s a victim of discrimination and can’t get ahead in a racist America.
Did You Also Know:
DeSean shared anti-semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story over the July 4th holiday, and continued to use the quotes as a conversation piece during several posts on the social media network on Monday afternoon.
But Did You Also Know:
Jackson’s “Hitler” post followed a relaxing holiday weekend in which he binge-watched several hours of prolific anti-Semite Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam.
And Did You Also Know:
Jackson has posted several uplifting messages to social media about how much he loves prolific anti-Semite Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“This man powerful,” Jackson said in one post. “I hope everyone got a chance to watch this!! Don’t be blinded. Know what’s going on!!”
But Did You Also Know:
In Jackson’s enthusiasm to let others “know what’s going on,” he failed to “know what’s going on!!”
But Betcha Didn’t Know:
Farrakhan, who has routinely been dubbed anti-semitic and homophobic by watchdog groups, first came under fire for anti-semitism in the mid-1980s, when he reportedly referred to Judaism as a “dirty religion” and later said Hitler was “a very great man” after being dubbed “Black Hitler” by the Chair of the Anti-Defamation League.
Hey, Did You Know:
The Philadelphia Eagles don’t tolerate anti-Semitism, so they responded to DeSean Jackson posting anti-Semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on Instagram by failing to take any action whatsoever beyond telling him not to post anti-Semitic quotes.
“We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling,” the Eagles said in a statement Tuesday. “They have no place in our society and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect.”
Ooh! But Did You Know:
Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, has been vilified and forced to apologize on a near-daily basis for expressing his disagreement with fellow NFL players not standing for the National Anthem.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country, Brees said last month following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. “Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
Brees’ comments were deemed insensitive to the black community and he’s been paying for having the audacity to speak them ever since.
So, Did You Know:
The NFL has needlessly allowed itself to get tangled up in needless controversy for a failure to treat its players like the employees they are, establish standards of conduct, and show some respect for the many American patriots who died to give these arrogant and entitled athletes the freedom to earn millions of dollars playing football for a living.
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! And Did You Also Know:
Netflix, Hulu and multiple other streaming platforms offer a number of swell programming options for you to enjoy that don’t involve supporting the NFL this season (at least until the NFL gets their act together and remembers who gave them the money for those bitcin’ stadiums).
Now, the informed perspective of Hammer and Nigel. Oh, wait. Nigel’s out again. Guess it’s a regular Tuesday then!