At this point, unrelentingly supporting the National Football League would be grossly complicit in the damage it has done to its players.
Monday night’s traumatic moment — when Bills safety Dumar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a game between the Buffaloes and the Cincinnati Bengals — saw the 24-year-old athlete require CPR and ultimately be taken to hospital in an ambulance. Carried out of the stadium. Hamlin is now in critical condition in a Cincinnati hospital.
It was devastating. America watched a stadium of thousands of fans go silent, players on camera wailed, and Hamlin’s entire team fell to their knees and prayed. After such a dramatic shift in energy and spirit, the game will definitely be called upon.
It took Hamlin an hour from being first administered NFL CPR to officially postponing the game after initially trying to suspend it. More concerning is the speculation already reported that the NFL did not lead the cancellation of the game. The team’s coaches, captains and players have apparently called it quits.
If Monday’s incident was a rare ball drop from the NFL, it’s one thing. .
According to a recent report of of new york times, the NFL is still deficient in addressing the severity of potential concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in players. It is a degenerative brain disease that was shockingly discovered in 110. Even after years of reporting, the league continues to lack up-to-date tools to help track such injuries, relying primarily on players reporting them themselves.
And now, what once felt controversial now seems to be the case: The NFL has announced that former player Colin Kay will be on his knees after he decided to take a knee in protest of police injustice. I blackballed Panic.
In a 2020 CNN op-ed, former NFL executive Joe Lockhart said, “Even talented players like Kaepernick were controversial and wanted to sign players they deemed bad for business. there was no team.
That situation was when I stopped being a fan of the NFL. , showed me how the NFL feels about diversity when it’s not making a profit. That. For all of the high-performing “Inspire Change” collaborations and social justice bullshit since then, nothing could cover the damage it’s perpetuated.
Even off the field, the NFL doesn’t seem to care about player morality, accountability, and responsibility.According to his May 2022 peer-reviewed study published in the journal violence against women, players arrested for domestic violence are often slapped on the wrist. After examining all 117 NFL players arrested for violence against women between 2000 and 2019, the report found, “The impact of arrest on a player’s career has been marginally detrimental over time. Although it is becoming, it is something that can be ignored.”
Again, it’s hard to wait and act as if all of this is normal. It should not be ignored that a league whose teams are owned predominantly by older white men tolerates the mismanagement, negligence, and abuse of its predominantly young black male players. Befitting. As Kaepernick did, and like every other player who has represented the league.
But change starts with us. And after Monday night there will be no return to normal NFL business. Stop it.