The New Sports Medicine… NFL Makeover!
The start of the NFL season has gotten off to a rocky start, especially for Black players. It seems like everywhere we turn a new Black athlete is being persecuted by the media, the franchise, the fans and the judicial system. By no means am I implying that shedding light on the players’ personal issues is not warranted or justified, but I am questioning the double standard on athletes of color. More often than not it appears the severe punishments they receive come from the judiciary courts, the teams and let’s not forget about the public judgment from the media and fans of the sport. I wonder if casting these players as unforgivable villains is benefiting them on an interpersonal level and providing a pathway for healing and change.
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Throughout history, Black men have been the celebrated coon entertainers, problematic escape goats and the bearer of harsher consequences than their equal counterparts. There once was a time when ‘we’ covered and cared for the wounds of our own, choosing a position of innocent until proven guilty and quietly allowed them to deal with their struggles privately or in the house of the Lord, but, now it seems we are right along with the masses shouting “crucify him” and bashing/victimizing those who choose to remain by their side. Is this helpful, especially when there are very few Black people involved in the decision making process to begin with? Who, if not us, can understand their plight and shed some light on what might be helpful for them to change?