Better late than never, Jerry Richardson issues a statement

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Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was conspicuously silent, as nearly every other owner in the league issued some degree of statement following Donald Trump’s remarks over the weekend.

And now that he finally has, he would like to ask us all to please stick to sports.

“We are proud of the men we have on this football team,” Richardson said. “Our players have been active and impactful participants in making our community stronger. From the first time I stepped into an NFL locker room at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore in 1959, I have lived and seen the sport’s ability to bring people of all backgrounds together.

“Politicizing the game is damaging and takes the focus off the greatness of the game itself and those who play it.”

Richardson played for the Colts, and is the only owner to have played in the league. And if he had noticed at some point in the years since, the game has been politicized for many years. From wrapping itself in red, white, and blue bunting to celebrate veterans in November, or military flyovers, the league has been a marketing tool for one view or another for some time.

Most recently, it was politicized by the President of the United States, who said owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who protested during the anthem.

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers was the only player to make a peep yesterday, staying in the locker room while the rest of the team stood at attention as coach Ron Rivera asked them to.

And the idea might not have been Rivera’s alone.

6 responses to “Better late than never, Jerry Richardson issues a statement

  1. Why does he have to support the protests? Why does he have to support players staying in locker rooms or kneeling?

  2. See, here’s what happened….the Panther players didn’t have the testicular fortitude to neither share their real feelings nor play to win the game. It’s all connected.

  3. With no comment as to whether I feel that taking a knee is appropriate or inappropriate, my question is what is the resolution to the protests? I have always been told that you should not protest against a problem unless you have a solution to the problem. The problem, as I understand it, is that many people in the Black community feel that police officers intentionally brutilize, kill, oppress, and mistreat people of color. When cases of this type are investigated and the accused are acquitted of the charges, many are angered more. My question is, what is the solution to the problem? Should we ignore the results of the investigations? I am aware that most of law enforcement agencies already have what is referred to as “Sensitivity Training” to help train officers about cultural differences. Also, most agencies have psychological testing, to help weed out individuals whose personalities would indicate a tendency to act inappropriately while candidates are in the hiring process.

    Therefore, what is seen as the solution to the protests? What is wanted? Without a response, it would seem that the protesters are only out to make noise and get attention. What is the solution?

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