Ten years ago, Aaron Hernandez hadn’t murdered anyone. His draft stock took a big hit. He was known by every NFL team as a “thug”. Scouts called him a “problem”. He was not picked up by any of the teams until New England took him on.ThAll round. The Patriots were able to get a couple of serviceable years out of Hernández before he and his fellow criminals murdered a man. Around the same time, Jon Gruden was emailing Washington Redskins executives making disparaging comments about the size of a man’s lips. Gruden is now an atrocity. Gruden did resign, but he was terminated affectively, and given the option of hemlock, or another.
The 10-year-old “lips” email made Randy Moss weep on air. The NFL has an active campaign of “racial justice”. Tune in Sunday and you’ll see “End Racism” stenciled at the back of every end zone. In a league composed of 70% Black players and most of them millionaires, racial justice is at the top of the NFL’s list of problems to solve. Down the NFL’s list is the apparent yearly cycle players being arrested. A large number of million-dollar men are being arrested each year. Yes, there is a problem with the NFL.
Justin Reid plays for the Houston Texans he apparently “knew” the Gruden was a problem. Reid claimed that “we knew that there was stuff going around the league like that happening with [Gruden] so it is what it is”. Odd that Reid “knew of Gruden” when Raider players didn’t. Raider players told reporters, after the first email was released, that they didn’t get that vibe about their coach. Reid is DeShaun’s friend. Watson has been accused in sexual assault cases by 20 different women. DeShaun Watson remains employed. No one asked Reid his thoughts on Watson’s character.
Since the beginning of the year, USA Today has tracked 20 current or released NFL players charged with or accused of crimes – from murder to domestic violence, to concealing a machine gun in the car, to DUI.
The Kansas City Chiefs are probably the most obtuse team at ignoring character flaws.
Tyreek Hill was dismissed from Oklahoma State’s team. Later, he pleaded guilty to the domestic violence charge. He was nevertheless drafted by Chiefs. While playing for the Chiefs, Hill was accused of breaking his son’s arm. A recording of Hill speaking to his girlfriend was made. Hill’s girlfriend tells Hill she is afraid of her son. In response Hill said: “You should be afraid of me too”. The NFL didn’t have enough evidence to suspend Hill. He plays still for the Chiefs.
The NFL is having a problem. It’s not 10-year old emails.