From important causes like #FreeMeekMill (see below), to taking a knee for the National Anthem, our NFL heroes continue to keep it real, America.
From Deena Zaru, CNN: Meek Mill might not be able to attend this year's Super Bowl, but the imprisoned rapper was with his home team in spirit on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles took the field to his 2012 song "Dreams and Nightmares" --- the ultimate underdog anthem.
Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison in September by Philadelphia Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who cited a failed drug test and the rapper's noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel.
The rapper, who is a big football fan, appeared in court following probation violations related to a 2008 gun and drug case. Outrage over his sentence moved beyond the courtroom and sparked a criminal justice debate.
At Sunday's game, Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns was spotted on the sidelines wearing an Eagles jersey with #FreeMeekMill, which has become a rallying cry among the rapper's fans and activists.
The Eagles also showed solidarity with Mill when they celebrated their January 21 win against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game by blasting "Dreams and Nightmares" in the locker room. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: According to NFLArrest.com, which provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player arrests and charges, it's now been eleven whole days since a National Football League hero of the gridiron has been arrested. The record number of days between arrests is sixty-five, but the average is only seven.
Of the 32 teams in the NFL, the Denver Broncos top this list in number of players arrested, with our very own Minnesota Vikings coming in a close second and the Houston Texans bringing up the rear. The crimes run the usual gambit from DUI to sexual assault to murder and drug use.
Top "player" on the arrest list is cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals, who comes in with a whopping ten arrests, the most recent on January 3, 2018. After Pacman's arrest for disorderly conduct, he spent the night in jail. Why? Because, naturally, after his arrest he became combative, and remained that way throughout his booking process at the Hamilton County Jail. Finally, he had to be placed in "a restraint chair," Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Mike Robison said in a news release.
When a female nurse, following normal protocol, tried to examine Jones, he “proceeded to spit on her.” Among the multiple charges Jones faces is a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance. Now let’s remember, this guy has a contract with the Bengals worth $24 million over three years. He’s a professional!
With heroes like these is it any wonder why the social fabric of this country is becoming a bit threadbare?
We’re solemnly assured that the reason these professionals take a knee during the National Anthem is to show solidarity with their brothers suffering from police brutality. Well maybe so, but if they were to adopt a similar attitude of zero tolerance where their fellow NFL players are concerned--especially those beating people up, spitting at police nurses, using drugs and getting themselves arrested all over the country--maybe that "brutality" would subside a bit.
In the meantime, let's take a look at the positive side of the NFL -- it brings communities together. Here, for example, is how fans from the City of Brotherly Love celebrated their club's victory over the Patriots in last Sunday's Super Bowl:
Where it used to be that to the victors went the spoils, it would now seem to be the other way around—with the spoils going to the losers, at least in the sense of being spared having their cities torn apart in the ensuing victory celebration.
I'm not sure I can come up with an historical precedent whereby the victors proceeded to sack and loot their own city. But, then again, we've never seen a more enlightened and progressive civilization than ours so, naturally, there'd be no precedent.
In the meantime, yes, #FreeMeekMill—another fun loving kid from the neighborhood, whose endorsement by the Philadelphia Eagles typifies according the American Thinker, "everything about how far professional football has fallen and how the NFL celebrates the obscene, the vulgar, the dangerous, and the foolish."
Regardless of the rapper’s unsettled life, writes Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston in a February 4 column, the Meek Mill rap song the Eagles pumped into U.S. Bank Stadium as they ran onto the Super Bowl field to the delight of their legions of little fans is "an unsavory mix of sexism, violence, and a constant use of the 'n-word.' The song is filled with the sexist treatment of women, sexual exploitation, and constant use of the 'F-word.' The song is also replete with the use of the 'n-word' over and over again."
(We'd intended to make a cleaned up RTV video of the Meek Mill Super Bowl anthem but decided against it after realizing it would take hours just to edit out all the "f-words'. Go birds!)
This was the same song, by the way, that our new Super Bowl heroes insisted on blasting after their NFC Championship victory. It’s their fun little theme song, I guess, which Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong slammed, saying, “When you celebrate winning the NFC Championship with a song that glorifies murder and sexual promiscuity, that’s beneath you. It looks bad.”
Yeah, that's it. It looks bad. Glorifying murder and sexual promiscuity to millions of kids just . doesn't . look . good! And although he sat in jail during this year's Super Bowl for violating his probation, this felon's anthem to murder and promiscuity was heard all around the world. #BoycottNFL