Friday, September 8, 2017

Today's moment in gall

In which the Las Vegas police union requested  Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett be investigated by the NFL for being slammed to the ground and cuffed simply because he was (wisely) vacating a Vegas nightclub in which shots had been fired.

Bennett complained publicly about it. Apparently you're not supposed to do that in today's America.

Apparently you're especially not supposed to do it if you're Bennett, who's been as outspoken (and articulate) as any NFL player about what he sees as racial injustice in America, and has been one of the national anthem non-standers. Hence the cops' snarky comment in its request about him disrespecting the flag and everything it stands for and blah-blah-blah, all the usual nonsense.

The NFL and the NFLPA, standing as one for once, swatted away the request with barely disguised contempt. Behind the official Release Speak, after all, the more discerning reader could detect more than a hint of rolled eyes and "Oh, gimme a break."

And so, to review: Outspoken NFL player gets handcuffed by the cops. Player complains about it. And so the cops ask the NFL to investigate him.

There is gall, and there is unmitigated gall. And then there is whatever this is.

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