Can You Possibly Anger Anyone Else, Mr. Goodell?

Tim McGheeCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 19:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks a helmet as he practices on April 19, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Well, let’s just go right out and say it.

With his racism-laden, axe-dropping-and-by-golly-just-missing decision to keep Ben Roethlisberger out of a fribbling six games (possibly four) to begin the 2010 season, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is the football equivalent of a birther.

You know the type: the birthers say, Barack Obama was not born in the United States and was in fact born in the Republic of Kenya (not in existence in 1961,)  therefore has the dreaded “divided loyalties.”


To the best of my knowledge, President Obama is the first president in recent United States history to be seriously suspected of possessing “divided loyalties.”  Extremely interesting as it is a hard, cold fact that Obama is the first black president. 

According to a recent New York Times poll, approximately 20 percent agree with the birthers.  Approximately 27 percent don’t know, so that makes only 53 percent sure as Shinola that their president is an honest-to-gosh citizen by birth. 

Only 53 percent are certain as sin that Barack Obama is qualified to be President as stated by the Constitution.

So, one-fifth of the nation’s citizenry, like the white Congressman during the State of the Union address, could shout, “You lie!”

With “boy” implied.

Why the lesson in current events?

Don’t deny it, folks. Racism abounds.

Whites don’t respect blacks and blacks don’t trust whites, and who can blame blacks? 

Who held whom in slavery? Who lynched whom, and who set up “coloreds only” facilities for whom? And who, for God’s sake, ridiculously consigned whom to the back of the bus?

If I were black, I’d still be pissed.

However, I am white, my butt as pale as linens in the breeze. 

As far as skin color goes, it doesn’t get much whiter than this Irish Catholic. 

They also don’t come much more embarrassed and sorrowful, either. What my ancestors did to blacks was immoral. 

I’m ashamed and, it’s still going on.

I think we have to be shocked into reality to face the facts. 

To do that, I’m going to take a chance. I’m not going to say “n-word.”

I’m going to get real.

I’m going to say “nigger.”

As in, every day by 8:30 a.m., the white fellows in my shop have referred to at least one black man as a nigger. 

Like, when I played high school football in 1973, denizens of all-white towns used to run out of the stands, get in my black teammates’ faces and yell, “Kill the niggers!  Kill them!”

Forget 1973. 

In 2010, I still hear “uppity nigger,” “dumb nigger,” “stupid as a nigger,” and “who’s the head nigger in charge.” 

Our senior United States Senator from West Virginia was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan and actually, recently used the tag “white nigger” to describe a white man who was a loser.

I’ve heard on more than one occasion that we now have a “radical, commie nigger for a president.” 

And, in the discussion of the future of our great nation, I’ve heard the phrase “it’s not this nigger I’m worried about but the niggers coming after him.”

Gee, I must look like a racist, because those who are racists freely dump this garbage within my earshot.

Do you get it now? 

Racial hatred is alive and well and doing fine.

That takes us back to the commish.

Big Ben was accused by criminal authorities of the sexual assault of two college-aged women. 

Now, in the history of battery and assault many white men have beaten the charge of rape in many ways, as did Big Ben. The operative phrase here is “white men.”

In a way, you have to credit the NFL and Roger Goodell for acting on the “Big Ben thing,” as one sports analyst called the alleged rapes. 

In another way, a) why did it take so long?  (read: after the announcement of the 2010 schedules) and b) why only six weeks, which could become four if Ben is found to possess good behavior by doing something like being photographed for the cover of Newsweek holding puppies and kittens.

That brings us back to (in the kindest sense) the unfair treatment of blacks.

Chris Henry and Adam Jones didn’t violate one woman, consensual or non-consensual, but they all received harsher penalties than a white man who could make a second career starring as the villain of Lifetime movies. 


As if that’s not enough, Roger Goodell bitchslaps marijuana, alcohol, and gambling, but levying punishment for (in the kindest sense) the blatant abuse of women goes off with a mild tongue-lashing and almost a wink-of-the-eye. 

Think about that, girls, before you buy that pink NFL jersey.

In its attempt to protect The Shield, the NFL has insulted women, and managed to spit upon blacks, a race of people who proudly comprise a majority of the league’s players and stars. 

It could be purposeful, or maybe an inadvertent stub of the toe, regardless it is wrong, it is too late to apologize, and it is especially way too late to make it right.

Could you seriously see that happening?


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