The NFL forgot about the Power of the People

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Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Last week I stopped watching ESPN altogether, I didn’t have any appreciation to the way Jemele Hill was treated by the network.  Without having any plan to, I also didn’t watch a single football game this week.  Now, to put this in perspective, I haven’t missed a day of ESPN since I was 16-17-years-old and I’m a diehard Giants fan. 

Bigger than all that, I want justice for everyone.  Not, just those people that I can identify with, but everyone.  The apparent Colin Kaepernick blackballing is unfair and it is not right. 

On Sunday night Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney said, “We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick. This was done only after pursuing every possible avenue with all the NFL teams and their executives.”  He continued, “Colin Kaepernick's goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and return to the football playing field.”

For months’ fans have asked, where is the National Football League Players Association, and why are they not standing up for what is clearly the right thing to do?

So, NFL if you see your numbers dropping off, its likely because of people like me who believe the players are being treated like property and that the protest has a righteous cause.   I really appreciate owners like Jerry Jones who showed his hand and I wish more of them would do so. 

Let the truth be told, the reason for the protest was to bring attention to those unarmed African Americans are being gunned down by the very police who have sworn to protect them, with no redress.

For me that seems like a no-brainer.  At the end of the day as Americans we simply want to be treated fairly, we don’t want special privilege or favor but to simple be done right.   And for some fringe Americans, that seems like an ask that just too much.   However, it’s my belief that they will hearken back to the kindness of this ask when the people stop asking.  

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