When it comes to the NFL it’s almost as if the league orbits around former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The thing that’s most surprising about that is the fact that he hasn’t been in the league for two years and he still has that kind of gravitas – all because he kneeled during the National Anthem.
But wide receiver Randy Moss mentioned one secret about NFL players in an interview with The Undefeated that was definitely eye-opening.
Randy Moss is widely considered to be one of the NFL’s greatest receivers of all time outside of Jerry Rice.
Moss was rightfully just inducted into the Hall of Fame as a first-balloter where he made headlines because he wore a tie with the names of African Americans who died at the hands of police officers emblazoned on it, which is what these NFL players claim to be protesting when they kneel during the National Anthem.
Moss was rightfully just inducted into the Hall of Fame
If nothing else, it was definitely not direct support for Kaepernick – maybe call it a bit of a sidestep support.
That’s why The Undefeated sat down with the now-Hall of Famer and what he said about the other players in the league was truly shocking.
Moss said, “Athletes are scared right now. A lot of athletes, most guys, don’t want to talk about this. They’re terrified for their careers. They’re terrified about losing their occupation, which is how they feed their families. Black athletes know they’re being treated a certain type of way. Most guys can’t really voice their opinions. They’re worried about getting the same type of treatment that Colin Kaepernick got.”
Nobody should buy what Moss is selling here.
These players are undoubtedly not scared at all.
Take Oakland Raiders Marshawn Lynch, for example, he sits for every single National Anthem with the possibility of zero repercussions for his actions because owner Mark Davis and the league refuse to suspend him.
Even Trump wrote on Twitter, “Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
But Moss could be referring to players like Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott who has taken a lot of heat from the liberal sports media and his fellow players for saying that he would never kneel for the National Anthem.
What Moss is implying is that Prescott is too scared to say how he truly feels because he’s afraid of losing his job. Or another possibility is that he truly loves America and kneeling for the National Anthem is not in his wheelhouse. That also could be the case.
Moss is implying is that Prescott is too scared to say how he truly feels
Moss concluded, “But we’ve got to put the attention on the right things. We’ve got to admit to the problem. Everybody. What if black police officers around the country were going up in these white neighborhoods with rich white kids and started killing them? What would people say about that? What would be the reaction to that? A lot of people just don’t want to really talk about what’s going on. A lot of people don’t want to talk about the pain people are feeling out there. There’s a bad– crisis in our country that’s happening every day. And then when you bring it up, when you just try to talk about the truth, you get all this flak.”
Chicago is a great example of how Moss is wrong here.
People seem to have this preconceived notion that police officers – like the Chicago Police officers – patrol neighborhoods with predominantly African Americans because they’re racist but it’s really just because crime is more prevalent in that area.
You’re not going to find a ton of street crime in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Long Island, etc.
It’s unfortunate, but it’s the reality of the situation. The south side of Chicago is one of the most dangerous places in America right now. And if the same thing was happening in an uppity rich white kid’s neighborhood like Moss describes then they would patrol that as well.
This all just further proves that these players who kneel have such a misguided message that none of the others can seem to agree on, which makes their anti-American actions useless to a specific cause.