Tuesday, February 25, 2014

They're Coming For You...

Monday afternoon, Greg Aiello of the NFL issued the following statement:

"Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time."

Following the issue in Arizona is great, but why decline further comment at this time if discrimination goes against the NFL's policies and according to the Arizona Superbowl Host Committee, the NFL's core values?

If the NFL's core values indeed "embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination," then it's time for the NFL to stand up and say they will impose a penalty on states that hate by not bringing the biggest event they have to those states, just like their Competition Committee is proposing a penalty for using the N-word on the field. And while they're at it, the NFL might consider not moving the Pro Bowl to a state that hates either.

Arizona is not the only state trying to pass these bills and the same people who want to see discrimination by law made a reality in as many states as possible also want to ban anyone who is gay from playing in the NFL. 

The same people who cry out that their freedom is somehow being attacked by having to provide goods and services to fellow human beings and claim that they need laws protecting them so they can run their businesses as they choose want to tell the NFL how to run their business.

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
-- by Martin Niemöller

It's time for the NFL to speak up. They are coming for you.


  1. Fwiw, AZ knows full well what the NFL isn't quite saying. They already lost one Superbowl over discrimination. I'd rather it was just said, but the subtlety might actually get a better response in this case. [/AZexpat]

  2. Madison, where did you get that PERFECT photo for your conclusion!? I plan to use it in a "fish" on Moristotle & Co. this Friday, with a link to this post on Functional Human Being. THANK YOU!