The NFL may have done irreparable damage to its brand.
The anti-American and anti-police protests sparked by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick are still haunting the league.
Now one NFL team got sued for an anti-police protest.
The entire world went crazy after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The horrific video of officer Derek Chauvin on Floyd’s neck sparked deadly riots that spanned several months and caused billions in property damage.
Sports leagues and other corporations went full “woke” and embraced the anti-police rhetoric of the radical Left.
The NFL’s anti-American and anti-police protests have tarnished the league’s image among viewers, but there could be legal ramifications as well.
The Indianapolis Colts honored Dreasjon Reed after he was shot and killed by police officers.
Say His Name: Dreasjon Reed
Dreasjon is one of the many individuals being honored by players and coaches this season through the NFL’s helmet decal program.#SayTheirStories: https://t.co/vwi75WmNxr pic.twitter.com/wWaasw6LBp
— NFL (@NFL) December 16, 2020
However, Reed drove recklessly, ran from police, and shot at them multiple times when they pursued him on foot.
That’s why a local police officer is suing for defamation of character.
From WISH news in Indianapolis:
“Officer De’Joure Mercer filed the suit Monday in federal court in Indianapolis. Mercer shot and killed Reed after a police chase in May 2020. Prosecutors and a grand jury declined to file charges against Mercer. Mercer says the NFL’s decision to include Dreasjon Reed in its Say Their Stories campaign amounts to defamation. The campaign included victims of police misconduct as part of a push for social justice in 2020.”
Officer Mercer has a compelling argument.
Reed’s inclusion implies wrongdoing on the part of the cops, but none were charged, and video evidence suggests Reed was incredibly reckless and used deadly force against the police.
“Reed was killed by the Indianapolis police on May 6. An investigation by the Indiana State Police showed that officers began pursuing Reed after he endangered the public through reckless driving. The officers followed at a distance so as to not cause even more danger to innocent pedestrians and motorists. Police pursued Reed on foot after he bailed out of his car. While it’s unclear who shot first, Reed clearly fired at the police. Investigators found two shell casings from Reed’s weapon and 13 casings from the weapon of the pursuing officer. Video from Reed’s phone shows shell casings flying in two different directions.”
Anti-police rhetoric is at an all-time high, and officers are quitting forces in droves.
The result has been higher violent crime rates, yet Democrat leaders are still calling for slashes to police budgets.
Democrats are gambling with people’s lives in pursuit of a radical anti-police agenda.