They’re going after the Washington Redskins again.
- FedEx is requesting a name change for the team that plays at FedEx Field. A day after a group of investment firms asked FedEx and other companies to stop doing business with the team unless it changes the team name, FedEx released a statement to multiple media outlets saying it has requested a name change. “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” the statement said.
- At Nike.com, there’s no sign of any merchandise bearing the name or logo of the Washington franchise. There’s more: The vertical drop-down menu on the left side of the site that comes up when searching for gear for any of the other NFL teams completely omits the Washington franchise. Last year, Nike omitted the team name from its annual Salute to Service collection. The more recent action sends a much stronger message.
If Snyder and the NFL are foolish enough to cave on this, it’s only a matter of time before the New England PATRIOTS and the Kansas City CHIEFS are targeted. And no amount of exegesis concerning what is and what is not a racial slur is going to prevent it.
At some point in time, people are going to grasp that giving any ground at all to these demoniacs is simply an invitation to subsequent attacks. There is always one, and only one, answer to give to corporate threats to pull support in order to force your compliance in anything: “fine, go away now.”
The NBA dives deeper into the sea of convergence:
One of the central arguments against restarting the NBA season was the momentum social justice reform had gained in the United States. Playing basketball would theoretically provide a distraction for a nation whose focus should be on combatting both systemic racism and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and a number of players were reportedly uneasy about being part of such a distraction. Were the NBA to resume play under the circumstances, it would have to use its platform in the name of social change in order to satisfy those players. Fortunately, the NBA has taken significant steps in that arena.
On Saturday, it was reported that players will be able to include social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys at Disney. That decision, while powerful, puts the onus on players. The league itself needed to send a message of solidarity, and is doing so with its latest decision. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne, the league plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on both sidelines on all three of the courts they will be using at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
Brave. And stunning. Thank you for this.
And when attendance and television viewership plunge off a cliff, the coronavirus, not the obvious corporate cancer, will be blamed. I’d like to say that I will henceforth be ignoring the National BLM Association, but I haven’t paid any attention to the NBA since Michael Jordan retired the second time.
The Premier League submits to Black Lives Matter in front of empty stadiums. This sort of political propaganda should help ensure that stadiums across the UK and USA will remain empty, even when fans are permitted to attend games.
Between the banning of the Confederate flag and the announcement of a Black Lives Matter car, NASCAR should be all but out of business after another decade of decline:
NASCAR has officially banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties just a day after its only black driver, Bubba Wallace, demanded it be removed.
On Wednesday, NASCAR officials said in a statement that the Confederate flag ‘runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry’.
‘Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.’
Once you permit the SJW infestation, it’s only a matter of time before they converge the institution. And once they metastasize, there is no coming back from it. The only thing left to do is build something new and do a better job of keeping them out next time.
You can almost hear the NFL media’s collective voice shaking even as the sportswriters continue to cuck for Black Players Matter:
President Trump will again make NFL players kneeling during the national anthem an issue this year.
Responding to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement that the league was wrong not to be more supportive of players’ protests, Trump tweeted late on Sunday night that he still considers kneeling during the anthem to be disrespectful.
“Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?” Trump wrote.
I think that can be not unreasonably described as a warning shot across the bow.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.
“I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.
“Without black players, there would be no National Football League, and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening. I am listening.”
– NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
The corporate cancer has metastasized. Let the decline begin. It should be very amusing to watch all the self-satisfaction over their social justice posturing turn to horror as whites and Hispanics turn away from the league in droves. Since I already dropped the NFL GamePass, this year I’m going to stop putting up the weekly NFL discussion posts here.
I haven’t made up my mind about dropping out of a longtime fantasy football league yet, and I’m sure that I will watch the occasional Vikings game. Regardless, at this point, I have already reduced my financial contribution to the league and league-related enterprises from ~$300/year to zero, which is a considerable reduction for a former owner of two Vikings season tickets.
Drew Brees did not read SJWAL. He should have:
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has issued a second apology for his widely criticized comments likening kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting America. Brees posted a video on Instagram looking into the camera, saying again that he’s sorry, and promising to work for change.
What an idiot. At this point, there is a non-zero chance that he will be hounded into retirement, simply because he didn’t have the backbone to stand by what he genuinely believes.
He’s now in the process of learning why it’s a mistake to apologize in the first place. SJWs always consider an apology to be the guilty plea that precedes and justifies the subsequent punishment. And a second guilty plea is not going to ameliorate the pressure, it’s only going to encourage the SJWs.
Those of you who are still susceptible to civnattery should note that according to (((Michael Rosenberg))) of Sports Illustrated, it is now offensive to Vibrants to call for “unity”.
Drew Brees doesn’t get to call that play. He did not seem to realize how condescending and offensive it is for a white person to tell Black people, “Hey, let’s all stand up and show unity here.”
The God-Emperor knows better than to apologize:
I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag.
– President Donald Trump
The NFL is bewildered by the fact that the very people who are supposed to be benefiting from their proposed new SJW program are opposed to it:
Last Friday, news that the NFL would consider incentivizing minority hires for general manager and top coaching positions boomeranged around the league. It elicited an array of questions: How would this work? Would it make a difference? And for some black coaches, who have lived the very problem at the root of this proposal, they wondered why this was the first time they were hearing about an idea they viewed as unhelpful—or even insulting.
The thing is, black coaches in the NFL have historically underperformed the average, which is the exact opposite of what should have been the case if they were being irrationally discriminated against.
All that affirmative action accomplishes is to confirm for everyone the very non-problem it is supposed to disprove, namely, the intrinsic inferiority of the group supposedly being helped. Seeing even more black coaches go 3-36-1, like Hue Jackson did at the helm of the Cleveland Browns, isn’t going to convince NFL owners to saddle their teams with the disadvantage of an intellectually overmatched coaching staff, no matter how many draft picks are dangled in front of them as an incentive.
UPDATE: Common sense prevailed for the time being.
The NFL’s latest idea to incentivize hiring minority coaches and GMs does not appear to be going forward. Owners voted to table the resolution that would have incentivized hiring minorities, according to Jim Trotter of NFL Media.
Don Shula was not only the only NFL coach to go undefeated in a season, he was a man of great sporting integrity. Hall of Famer Larry Csonka tells a story about an ethical choice that faced the late Miami coach the season after their undefeated 1972 championship season:
“We went into Oakland on a Friday and we were gonna practice there on Saturday. But because of construction in the stadium, we had to use their training room. They had practiced earlier in the day, they cleared out, and we used their locker room. I picked [defensive lineman] Art Thoms’ locker, because I’d played with him in college at Syracuse. I was gonna leave him a note in his locker—dead fish or something, mess with him a little bit. So I’m sitting in his locker, going through it to find something to write on. I find the Oakland Raiders game plan. Now that can be construed a couple of different ways. Knowing what they’re going to do . . . it’s their fault for leaving it there. Is it the right thing to do? Unquestionably it’s not the right thing to do. Was it cheating? I don’t know. It’s a fine line. I went and handed that report, quite quietly, to [offensive line coach and Shula confidant] Monte Clark. He said, ‘What’s this?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. I’ve never seen it before.’ I walked away.
“Here’s the bottom line: We lost the game. Even with the game report, we lost the game. After the game, I’m riding on the bus. Monte Clark sits down next to me on the bus. I said, ‘Monte, what the hell did you do with the game report?’ He said, ‘I took it to Shula and when he asked what it was, I told him. He said, ‘Tear it up. If we can’t beat ‘em straight up, we shouldn’t beat ‘em.’”
That, even more than the man’s undefeated season, is a legacy worth leaving behind.
The fact that some are handed every chance at success doesn’t mean they will find it. Just as the fact that some are ignored and given no chance to succeed doesn’t mean they won’t.
A seven-year-old direct message to a recruiting analyst from the 2019 Heisman Trophy Winner, 2020 NCAA National Champion, and first pick in the NFL draft, who was not only overlooked as a high school player, but had to transfer colleges in order to get the chance to start.