As if the National Football League isn't hurting enough from player protests during the national anthem, now four NFL players have submitted a 10-page memo to the league’s top officials asking for “overt league support” to make November a month of anti-police activism.
The memo, endorsed by Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles’ Torrey Smith and former NFL player Anquan Boldin, was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. It requests that the league make November “activism awareness month” in the same way the league does with breast cancer
“Since 2016, police have shot over 300 men and women in this country. Some of the names and stories are familiar—Jordan Edwards, Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, but hundreds of others are not,” the memo says.
Um, no. Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, not the police, and that figure doesn't even remotely begin to tell the whole story, but don't let facts get in the way of "activism awareness."
“To be clear, we are asking for your support,” reads the memo, which pointedly makes a "clear distinction between support and permission. For us, support means: bear all or part of the weight of; hold up; give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.
“We need support, collaboration and partnerships to achieve our goal of strengthening the community. There are a variety of ways for you to get involved. Similar to the model we have in place for players to get involved, there are three tiers of engagement based on your comfort level.
“To start, we appreciate your agreement on making this an immediate priority. In your words, from Protest to Progress, we need action.”
The only action that player protests against this country's purported "systemic oppression" of people of color have resulted in is plunging ratings for NFL viewership. Making November a month of anti-police protest will send the NFL into a death spiral -- and perhaps deservedly so.
Michael Bennett has sat during the national anthem like fellow protester Colin Kaepernick, whose activism (and mediocre play) has cost him his job. Bennett has also raised a Black Power fist on the field after making plays.
He also made news when he lied about being racially profiled by Las Vegas Metro PD the night of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. Bennett wrote on Twitter, “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Um, no. Las Vegas Metro were responding to a call about an active shooter in a casino. Video footage proves that officers assisted many black males in getting out of the area before they saw Bennett hiding behind a slot machine. Bennett then bolted out of the casino, jumping a four-foot barrier wall into traffic. Police detained him for about 10 minutes until they determined he was not involved in the shooting.
But again, don't let facts get in the way of your activism. And don't cry racism when you find yourselves unemployed like Kaepernick.