I was driving home from a long weekend in New York and listening to the latest episode of Sports? by Katie Nolan. They spent some time focusing on the NFL’s latest crackdown…on taunting. And I have to say folks, I was incensed.
Instead of honing in on actual problems, the No Fun League has decided that overt celebration is disrespectful and bad for the game. And the straw that broke the camel’s back was Antoine Winfield Jr. flashing the peace sign at Tyreek Hill in the Super Bowl. It was a callback to when he was burned by the KC receiver earlier in the season.
This makes sense, right? Fining a corner for flashing a sign of peace? And at a guy who has domestic abuse issues and arguably shouldn’t be in the league. There’s hypocrisy for you, folks. Sure, they have to be vigilant and ensure no racism, homophobic, or other derogatory remarks are made.
But general competitive nature? Let it fly!
Ron Rivera said that it’s not good for the game because the children in Pee Wee football will get the wrong idea. But they’re already getting the wrong idea when someone like Hill or Kareem Hunt are allowed to be on the field. When Cole Beasley and other unvaccinated players spew outright stupidity. When the LEAGUE ITSELF shuns a player for kneeling to protest police brutality of black people. Or when they turn the other way to genuine long-term injury concerns.
Needless to say, the NFL is already setting multiple shitty examples. However instead of fixing those things, or at least taking legitimate steps to do so, it decides that a guy shouldn’t be able to point for a first down or get overly excited after schooling the O-line and sacking the quarterback.
I guess time will tell whether or not this becomes an actual issue. But I’m really tired of the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell talking about the importance of being role models while continuing to focus on all the wrong things.
Get your shit together, NFL. For the actual good of the game.
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