It was a sad weekend for the NFL. Not because of the protests, but because everyone’s anger over the protests meant we seemed to miss that President Trump tweeted that making the game safer was ruining it… essentially, meaning that football players are expendable.
That’s 1,696 US Citizens the President would rather see dead than a few unnecessary roughness flags get thrown. And that’s just in the NFL. That’s not counting semi-pro, college, high school, or peewee leagues that the NFL’s safety research has helped. It’s also not counting their families who are also affected by CTE and other side effects of professional football.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Yes, football players know the risks. However, using that logic, we can also make JFK responsible for his own assassination. He had to know that being president came with that risk, he still wanted the job, so his assassination should come as no surprise, no grief, nor be seen as a tragedy.
However, if he doesn’t care about those 1,696 US Citizens, why do we think he gives a shit about the other 3.2 million? Especially considering some of those 1,696 citizens were and are wealthy enough that they contributed sizeable amounts to his presidential campaign.
But they are just football players. We’ve been dehumanizing them since the game began. No reason to start thinking of them as people now… Go ahead, be pissed about the protests and ignore the fact that our president doesn’t care about his own citizens health and well-being.