Chris Long: We’ve shown our off-field work is not a distraction

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When players get involved in off-field causes, as a number of NFL players did this season, questions are always raised about whether that involvement constitutes a distraction from their jobs on the field. Eagles defensive end Chris Long thinks he and his teammates have proven this year that such distractions should not be a concern.

Long said on an NFL conference call about players’ involvement in social justice work that he and teammates including Malcolm Jenkins have shown that they can become very involved in political and social causes while still playing well enough to get to the Super Bowl.

“Somebody asked me, Does this prove you can worry about your off-field engagements and effectively do your job on the field?” Long said. “I think it’s a great example of how players can manage time so well. I mentioned after a Monday night game, we hopped on a train in the early morning to go to Harrisburg.”

Long noted that players have always had off-field priorities, and that questions about distractions tend only to be raised when those priorities are controversial.

“Players are really good at doing that stuff. They’re great at time management and we can effectively still do our jobs. For years and years players have been involved in stuff off the field, whether that’s toy drives at Christmas, turkey drives at Thanksgiving,” Long said. “Nobody seemed to ask any questions about those things. That’s part of giving back to your community. Well, this is a way of giving back to your community.”

Despite the sometimes contentious nature of players’ political activities this season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters today that the league supports those activities and hopes that the social justice work players have done this season is just the beginning.

62 responses to “Chris Long: We’ve shown our off-field work is not a distraction

  1. What Long said is 100% true. This will make the angry, bitter white men who post here furious. I’m white by the way I’m just not a total and complete bozo like a lot of you are

  2. Chris Long is one of the most thoughtful players in the game and he puts his money where his mouth is. He’s donated his entire base salary for this season. It’ll be interesting to see what he does with his life after football.

  3. All they proved is that some teams can overcome some distractions. They have not shown that their off-field work is not a distraction.

  4. I’d much rather have the players active in the community, than hanging out at strip clubs and getting arrested. NFL players have always done nice things for others,

  5. The only thing I disagree with regarding the protesters is that its not just African American and other minorities that are suffering, its lower income people of every race including whites.

  6. Does anyone else on earth have to explain to their employer or customers why their volunteer work isn’t a distraction to their job? Isn’t it part of being a good citizen or a good human being? The fact that professional athletes get asked this question is absurd.

  7. Easy to donate your salary when you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Most players don’t have that luxury. They have immediate and extended family to support.

  8. spartanlegend says:
    January 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    What Long said is 100% true. This will make the angry, bitter white men who post here furious. I’m white by the way I’m just not a total and complete bozo like a lot of you are
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    I don’t know or care if you are white, but I can confirm you are a “total and complete bozo.”

    Biggest racists are always on the Left because race is all they think about and how they define everyone. Sad.

  9. Long spent most of his career on losing teams.

    What the Eagles have proven this year is they have a lot of talent. Enough to survive a season ending injury to their MVP caliber QB. Not many teams could’ve done that.

  10. exinsidetrader says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    Biggest racists are always on the Left because race is all they think about and how they define everyone. Sad.
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    Sure, the Ku Klux Clan and the American Nazi Party are leftist groups.
    Right.

  11. spartanlegend says:

    January 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    What Long said is 100% true. This will make the angry, bitter white men who post here furious. I’m white by the way.
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    Your level of hysteria is fascinating. This simple story about “doing right” compelled you to scream that your identity is conflated with your ideology. That is a textbook case of snowflake triggering.

  12. I think this is the first time I’ve had social justice mansplained to me by a guy in a rubber dog mask made by 8 year olds in a Chinese sweatshop. Back to the Future was way off.

  13. fanfrommontreal says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    Sure, the Ku Klux Clan and the American Nazi Party are leftist groups. Right.
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    Take some time to educate yourself. Did you know that the Democratic Party founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? They only changed their bias in the past 50 years. Hitler was a Socialist like Bernie and where the Democratic party is trending to by the way. Real history you won’t see on CNN.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Easy to donate your salary when you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Most players don’t have that luxury. They have immediate and extended family to support.
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    Really, dude? That a donation of seven figures elicits this kind of response from you says way more about the person you are than you think it says about Chris Long.

    Grow up.

  15. Ralphie says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm
    Take some time to educate yourself. Did you know that the Democratic Party founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? They only changed their bias in the past 50 years. Hitler was a Socialist like Bernie and where the Democratic party is trending to by the way. Real history you won’t see on CNN.
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    OK buddy, from Wikipedia: The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (German: About this sound Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (help·info), abbreviated NSDAP), commonly referred to in English as the Nazi Party (/ˈnɑːtsi/), was a far-right political party in Germany that was active between 1920 and 1945 and practised the ideology of Nazism.
    Good enough for you? Wanna look for KKK now?

  16. Ralphie says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    fanfrommontreal says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    Sure, the Ku Klux Clan and the American Nazi Party are leftist groups. Right.
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    Take some time to educate yourself. Did you know that the Democratic Party founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? They only changed their bias in the past 50 years. Hitler was a Socialist like Bernie and where the Democratic party is trending to by the way. Real history you won’t see on CNN.
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    Wait, the democrats fought against the Civil Rights Act in 1964 which, by the way, they also wrote, proposed and passed? Huh, neat trick that. Also, Hitler was a fascist, not a socialist. Big difference.

  17. Off-field distraction: Lyle Alzado (Papa Howie Long’s teammate in Oakland), “sparring” with Ali in Mile-High Stadium 1979 lol

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm
    Easy to donate your salary when you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Most players don’t have that luxury. They have immediate and extended family to support.

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    Tom Brady’s wife has more money than any of the Longs. Why doesn’t he play for free?

  19. fanfrommontreal says:
    January 23, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    OK buddy, from Wikipedia:….
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    Wikipedia is an often and rightly lampooned source of inaccurate information, in fact, the vast majority of colleges and universities in the US forbid students to use it to cite information based on their long running track record of inaccuracies.

    But I’ll play along. From Wikipedia “National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), more commonly known as Nazism (/ˈnɑːtsi.ɪzəm, ˈnæt-/),[1] is the ideology and set of practices associated with the 20th-century German Nazi Party in Nazi Germany.”

    But what about the KKK? Show me I am wrong? Don’t they teach that in Montreal?

  20. jpk6044 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Wait, the democrats fought against the Civil Rights Act in 1964 which, by the way, they also wrote, proposed and passed? Huh, neat trick that. Also, Hitler was a fascist, not a socialist. Big difference.
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    Democrats voted against every piece of civil rights legislation in Congress from 1866 to 1966 – a whopping 100 years. That is a dismal record for today’s Democrats who would like you to believe that history has been on their side on this issue.

    In the 1960s, with the exception of Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act in the wake of the assassination of President Kennedy, the truth is that Democrats were the largest single blockade to civil rights in that 100 year window. The information is there, you just refuse acknowledge it.

    The Democratic Party was also responsible for passing Jim Crow laws, in addition to Black Civil Codes that forced Americans to utilize separate drinking fountains, swimming pools, and other facilities in the 20th century.

    Remember this: George Wallace was a Democrat. The crazy Jim Crow laws he strictly enforced was not that long ago. Educate yourself. Nobody is trying to trick you. It’s an inconvenient truth, but it is the truth.

  21. What I’d like to know is when one of the Eagle’s players are going to call out the trash losers that make up the Eagle’s fan-base. The reports from the stadium Sunday night are beyond unacceptable. Time for the NFL to step in. Visiting fans should not have to put up with having beers thrown at them, and being harassed to the point of feeling genuinely unsafe.

  22. If only everybody grew up in a rich household with a football pedigree. Really easy to be philanthropist when you’ve never worried about money in your life.

  23. It’s sort of hard to argue with Long on this subject…the Eagles did make the Superbowl, after all. Yet many of you still try.

    So much bitterness. Talking about him being a “spoiled rich kid” or having a “silver spoon.” No, he didn’t have to work hard at all to earn a 10 year career alongside the best athletes in the world.

    You want to become rich? Work for it. Or don’t, and just project your frustration with your own lives on some internet message board.

  24. I have respect for the eagles team that crushed my Vikings. I have none for there fans who disrespected by throwing beer, bullying,Viking fans. To parade with a sign using vulgar language to a 99 year old fan!!!! Low life, scum bag fans.

  25. That is good, in theory, but what if they lose the Super Bowl by one point? We will never know if that time could have made a difference if they watched tape instead, for example. You are paid a ton of money to do one thing, and it is more than a 9-5 job.

  26. While it is common to think of Nazis as “right wing” and Communists as “left” they really represent two sides of the same coin. Both are murderous, authoritarian and anti-democratic. Both rely on secret police, widespread surveillance, show trials and concentration camps for control. Both are militaristic. Both targeted ethnic groups. Both had aggressive foreign policy. They both killed millions of innocent people. They may have differed over who owned a show factory but that difference is minor compared to the things the had in common.

    So why the right-left narrative? First in the 1920’s and 30’s the Nazis and Fascists in Spain and Italy wanted to differentiate themselves from the main revolutionary competition- Communism. So they pretended to be far different from each other.

    Secondly- and this continues- people including many professors who have respectable careers continue to boast that they are “Marxists” or “socialists”. This is quite fashionable on many campuses whereas being a “Nazi” is career death. A distinguished professor of economics can hardly be expected to admit that his world view is just a tad off the Nazis so “Hitler was right wing” as if the BBB, 4H and the call for low taxes leads to a death camp. The only way to the death camps is via big government where the state is all powerful and there is no concern for individual rights. Stalin, Mao, Hitler…..all cut from exactly the same cloth.

    A more accurate view of the political spectrum would have the tyrants (regardless of branding)on one end and the people who want limited government and a true bill of individual rights on the other.

  27. When players get involved in off-field causes, as a number of NFL players did this season, questions are always raised about whether that involvement constitutes a distraction from their jobs on the field.
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    As a fan of the NFL for over 4 decades, I have never seen those questions raised over off-field social causes. Kaepernick was blasted for bringing it onto the field. The only times I can remember where concerns were raised was when there were potential gang affiliations or when somebody decided to make a rap album during the season.

  28. Key word being OFF-FIELD.

    Many “angry white men” as the SJW wants to group anyone that doesn’t agree with them, do not care for the disrespect and political BS. People are trying get away from it through football.

    Oh you say “ our opinions don’t matter?” well ask the NFL how it’s bottom line is doing?

  29. What is funny is how people associate democrat with left and Republican with right when it was not always as such. Then these people use facts to portray a false narrative. “The democrats are the party of the KKK”….

    Ya, no. KKK members have and always will be right leaning, conservative. What we have is here is people being intellectually dishonest.

  30. I bit on the obvious question and started reading up the thread to see how the conversation had gone from the article topic to comments about communists and nazis. All I can say is wow.

    Go Patriots!!
    Go Eagles too actually, I want a good game.

  31. What I’m interested in is justice, period. Everyone treated equally. Social Justice is the opposite of that. People are treated differently b/c of their race, gender, sexual preferences…… That’s what the whole ‘white privilege” crap is about. There are millions of whites in this country who haven’t had any privileges in their life, except the greatest privilege, being born in the greatest country on earth. Being alllowed to succeed or fail at whatever you wish to do in life without anyone telling you that you can’t. Equality doesn’t mean equal outcomes. Some are more driven to succeed than others, some have more talent or are smarter, that’s life.

  32. The off field work he’s talking about is something like working at a homeless shelter 4-5 nites a week making beds or cooking food right?…. Didn’t think so.

  33. Notice how no one on the call actually asked him this? Pretty sure no one has really asked him this. I mean they get like half the year off. Course they have time for side projects. Jeez players will intern for companies.

  34. “White privilege” is only crap to white people.

    Coining phrases to describe a social/hierarchical causality will always underscore the true meaning of what the phrase is attempting to represent.

    It is what it is. America is what it is.

  35. any positive impact these players have off the field infinitely outweighs anything anyone of them will ever do on the field.

    They have the means, wherewithal and time to create a positive impact…they should…

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm
    Easy to donate your salary when you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Most players don’t have that luxury. They have immediate and extended family to support.
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    You’re only saying this because he’s no longer playing for the Patriots. He’s now playing for the Eagles. At least he’s doing something good, probably doing something you’ll never do.

  37. ONLY IN AMERICA
    It is sad to see America tearing itself to pieces, left vs right, christian vs muslim, white vs black, rich vs poor, man vs woman
    How can one possibly find fault with a person (whatever color) who does something totally amazing for others, who lives by the commandment “love thy neighbor”
    Taking a knee does not discern disrespect, I kneel before God, when I speak to him. Kap has done nothing to hurt or disrespect anyone, he only points out that there is much wrong in America and has at least tried to make it a little better
    What have most of you done to make America a better place for all …..

  38. I tune to the NFL to watch football. I don’t care about your political stance or your view of the world.

  39. Ralphie says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm
    fanfrommontreal says:
    January 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    Sure, the Ku Klux Clan and the American Nazi Party are leftist groups. Right.
    ______________________________________________
    Take some time to educate yourself. Did you know that the Democratic Party founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? They only changed their bias in the past 50 years. Hitler was a Socialist like Bernie and where the Democratic party is trending to by the way. Real history you won’t see on CNN.

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    Well, first of all. No. THE civil rights act of 1964 was signed into legislation by a Democrat. Further, as you acknowledge in your own post, the Democratic party has shifted its ideology significantly since its inception. This notably includes a shift from social conservatism to social progressivism. And trying to liken Hitler to Bernie Sanders… that is a YUGE red herring. But thanks for the history lesson?

  40. We get it.

    You are sorry team that feels insulted.

    On Super Bowl Sunday you’ll feel what being dissed is truly like.

  41. wallabear says:

    January 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Off-field distraction: Lyle Alzado (Papa Howie Long’s teammate in Oakland), “sparring” with Ali in Mile-High Stadium 1979 lol

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    Alzado wasn’t on the Raiders in 1979 LOL.

  42. pinebird1 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm
    Oh gimme a break. Who even asked him that?
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    A reporter. That’s how these interview things work, one person (reporter) asks another person questions. The reporter then writes a story. They’ll do lots of these interview things between now and the SB.

  43. So how long do we have to hear the bitter Viking fans cry for? I never realized how pathetic this fan base was. I feel bad for Detroit, Chicago, and Packer fans for having to put up with these babies every year.

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