Let’s go back seven years when talk show host Rush Limbaugh wanted to pool his money together with other investors and buy the St. Louis Rams. The subject became a very controversial issue because Limbaugh is a conservative talk show host. The mental meltdown from sports talk show hosts and NFL players was a spectacle to say the least. Threats of not playing for the Rams were issued by players. NBA owner Mark Cuban decided to provide his opinion saying Limbaugh shouldn’t be allowed to invest.
Two people who caught my attention during this debate Colts owner Jim Irsay and commissioner Roger Goodell against Limbaugh.
“I, myself, couldn’t even consider voting for him,” Irsay said at an owners meetings. “When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive … our words do damage, and it’s something that we don’t need.”
Irsay is the first owner who has stated unequivocally he would reject Limbaugh because he made a habit of “demonizing individuals.”
“It’s bigger than the NFL. As a nation, and as a world, we’ve got to watch our words and our thoughts. They can do damage.”
Now fast forward to present day with the Colin Kaepernick/flag incident. His reasoning is because of law enforcement killing black people.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
This is an out right lie by Kaepernick and he knows it. This isn’t the first time this lie against law enforcement by NFL players has happened through public taunting. Back in December of 2014, St. Louis Rams players embarrassed the league coming out with their hands up in the air. This was their gesture of the false narrative that Ferguson police killed Michael Brown while he had his hands up. This aspect of the case has been thoroughly debunked.
For a few years now law enforcement has been publicly taunted by NFL players and yet guys like Roger Goodell and Jim Irsay play coy over it. Irsay and Goodell will openly blast an investor yet let NFL players be social justice warriors on tv?
Promoting lies against police publicly is bigger than the NFL. These are actions that can cause damage.