League moves closer to helmet decals honoring victims of police violence and systemic racism

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Although the NFL’s primary concern for now relates to playing football in a pandemic, the league continues to spend time and attention to the other major issue of the moment.

The NFL continues to work toward allowing players to wear helmet decals that honor the names or initials of victims of police violence and/or systemic racism. Michael McCarthy of FrontOfficeSports.com reports that the decal initiative is now “likely” to happen.

Per the report, the league and the NFL Players Association are collaborating on a list of names. The possibility of helmet decals or jersey patches to honor people like George Floyd first emerged earlier this month. Helmet decals more recently have become the focal point.

The NFL has more than a little OCD when it comes to the uniform. Any deviation from the normal protocol happens reluctantly and either to commemorate significant team anniversaries or the passing of players, coaches, owners, or other key members of the team.

30 responses to “League moves closer to helmet decals honoring victims of police violence and systemic racism

  1. Will police or other civilians that have been killed by lawless protestors also be honored on uniforms?

  2. Cue the comments about “never watching the NFL again” coming to this thread soon.

  3. Not sure why this is necessary? Who’s next mail carriers, police officers, delivery persons have these on their uniforms? At the end of the day what does it accomplish? Major sports leagues placate much?

  4. Perhaps the NFL will allow players to wear the names of individuals killed by NFL players. Rae Carruth, Josh Brent, Aaron Hernandez, OJ Simpson, Leonard Little, Dwayne Goodrich, Tommy Kane, Eric Naposki, Robert Rozier, Anthony Smith, Donte Stallworth all responsible for killing someone as a direct result of their actions.

    Or, perhaps they can wear decals with the names of victims of NFL players who have been convicted of selling or trafficking narcotics resulting in the deaths of countless individuals including many in the poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods they so claim to serve because of racial inequality. Players such as Daryl Henley, Travis Henry, Sam Hurd, Jamal Lewis, Bam Morris, Mercury Morris, Nate Newton, or maybe a player responsible for drugging and raping multiple women like Darren Sharper.

    Enough of the mixing of competitive sports and social justice warriors who can’t condemn anti-semitic comments by a player and can’t allow for a player to state kneeling for the anthem is not an option for him personally, but can put the names of people who were killed at the hands of the police many of whom were involved in criminal conduct and would not have been injured had they submitted to an arrest like we’re all supposed to do when an officer says the magic words….”you’re under rest, put your hands behind your back?”

  5. Maybe show some support for police while your at it? You can only kick the 99.9% of cops, who are good people, in the sac for so long before good people stop wanting to become police officers

  6. Guess it would be ridiculous to suggest maybe honoring the cops that lost their lives while on duty???

  7. Just dont. Make a decal honoring the police killed by acts of violence instead. They, and families, are making real life sacrafices.

  8. PFTknowit: That’s easy. If someone’s job is to keep the peace but instead they incite violence on American citizens, they do not deserve honoring

  9. I won’t be watching to see so idc … NFL ticket gone ( Had to pay that ridiculous price because I’m out of the region to watch my favorite team weekly ) NFL network gone , switch right past ESPN so gone .. I don’t care about those privileged athletes any more , just going to support my minor league sports teams in my state from now on and enjoy the fresh air.

  10. ‘Allowing’? So if a player doesn’t want to are they ‘allowed’ not to as well?

    And if they do want to just stay out of it all, do their wishes and opinion get quietly respected and accepted? Or does it trigger a media circus bashing the guy? If someone feels that opting to not participate deserves a bashing I disagree but please feel free to share your thoughts as to why you think so. Ill at least listen and consider.

    If they have their own cause, say non political, something like Deangelo Williams wanting to support the fight against cancer in honor of his mother? If this is really about altruism (is it?) then should not stuff like that be allowed too then? The NFL has turned down some stuff that surprised me that they would not think it was appropriate Much less a good message to get out, so what exactly is the standard for deciding here?

  11. Fine.

    But they better not stop a player from wearing a decal honoring a fallen officer.

  12. correctingerrors says:
    “PFTknowit: That’s easy. If someone’s job is to keep the peace but instead they incite violence on American citizens, they do not deserve honoring”

    The police “incite violence?” No, resisting arrest does.

  13. Dear NFL, be very, very careful with this decision. It’s a very slippery slope.

  14. correctingerrors says:
    July 21, 2020 at 11:46 am
    PFTknowit: That’s easy. If someone’s job is to keep the peace but instead they incite violence on American citizens, they do not deserve honoring
    —————-
    I agree. It’s the ultimate betrayal when someone in power who is supposed to protect you commits violence against you when you’ve done nothing wrong. It happens and that’s awful. Now let’s talk about the 99.9% I referenced. They risk their lives to protect us, with a bullseye on their backs. Now they are the enemy? Any harm done to them is celebrated by some. It’s absolutely sickening. I’m not a cop, but I have friends who are, and an otherwise thankless job has become unbearable for many.

  15. PFTknowit says:
    “I agree. It’s the ultimate betrayal when someone in power who is supposed to protect you commits violence against you when you’ve done nothing wrong.”

    Resisting arrest and rioting are against the law.

    A state trooper I know handled a traffic stop very well. He pulled over a drunk driver and asked for his keys. The driver said “No. I know my rights.” The trooper said that “the law allows me to take your keys. One way or another I will take your keys. If I have to do it by force, the chances go up that one of us will get hurt.”

    The drunk driver handed over his keys. What a great way for the trooper to handle the stop.

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