By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter
Russell Wilson Dak Prescott
OAKLAND — The National Football League will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary in the United States. The league must be feeling the heat, the growing heat of the last four years, losing Black fans and money. Mr. Trump added to the glowing heat of disdain as the President of the United States belittled the protesters with faux-patriotism.
It got so hot in the kitchen the conservative owners joined a business partnership with Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, Diddy, Jeezy, or T.I. the music hip hop mogul of Roc Nation.
The owners did this to represent their Black constituencies. Mr. Carter announced his “Inspire Change” campaign. This is a business partnership to fix the NFL half-time show and the mass exodus of African American fans.
Guess the conservative owners want to forget about their blackballing former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling protest against police brutality and systemic racism. The owners think this recent deal will bring back African American fans, but if you don’t fix the problem how will this work?
The conservative owners must have forgotten they only have 1-1/2 Black ownership, they do not have Black business partners, presidents, CEO’s, vice presidents, general managers, or union leaders. Hiring Black quarterbacks and Mr. Carter is a vain attempt to mend fences with the African American community.
It is not working. Mr. Carter is just another Black face without power or control, just window dressing to placate the African American community. Mr. Carter cannot hire or fire National Football League employers.
NFL Commissioner and Jay-Z
We must not forget history because it took over thirty years for younger African Americans to understand what Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson accomplished in the 1940-1950’s.
The same could happen to Jay-Z as many see this deal as a capitalist ploy to get Black people back in the stands, not a deal for justice and equality. It seems like money trumps justice, money trumps equality, and money trumps freedom.
Money ultimately trumps Colin Kaepernick and the conservative ownership of the NFL could not be more pleased. Shawn Carter has a large task to close the gulf between players, owners, and Black fans.
This year also will be the highest number of Black starting quarterbacks on the field since 2013. The number of signal callers in 2013-14, six.
Cam Newton Patrick Mahomes
Four straight years African American quarterbacks guided their teams to the Super Bowl. Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton all went to the championship game in back to back years.
The Black quarterback nonsense continues to plague the National Football League informing the world that Black men cannot lead a winning team.
This is the reason many Black fans are leaving the sport. At the time of this article four teams are in need of a solid backup, The Philadelphia Eagles starter Carson Wentz goes down and the organization went to the way-back machine and signed Josh McCown who has not played a down in two years.
Does that sound familiar? The Indianapolis Colts starter Andrew Luck retired informing his team after the fact.
Jameis Winston Deshaun Watson
What happened to Colin Kaepernick-AGAIN? Number seven will be watching the games on television just like the rest of us.
Mr. Kaepernick was tied for 10th place in the QB rating in 2014. Colin guided his team to the NFC championship twice and he played in two NFC-AFC All- Star games. Kaepernick had a 60% completion record with 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions rushing for over 1,000 yards.
Many other quarterbacks with lower ratings are now starting. The Miami Dolphins will start former Jets Ryan Fitzpatrick who has not won a single playoff game.
Many Black NFL fans are seeing this and want no part of it.
The owner’s excuse that signing Colin would be bad business, Kaepernick would divide their team which is a complete farce and African American fans see through this too, we all know my favorite saying by Herm Edwards former New York Jets head coach.
This year, two teams drafted Black rookies: Dwayne Haskins, Jr. (Washington) and No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray (Arizona). Maybe, just maybe, the tide has finally turned with the best man playing the position.
Maybe the NFL is getting the message with Black starting quarterbacks. Maybe NFL teams really want to win this year.
Lamar Jackson Jacoby Brissett
2019 Black Starting Quarterbacks
- Russell Wilson- Seattle Seahawks
- Dak Prescott- Dallas Cowboys
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
- Patrick Mahomes- Kansas City Chiefs
- Lamar Jackson-Baltimore Ravens
- Jameis Winston- Tampa Bay Bucs
- Deshaun Watson- Houston Texans
- Jacoby Brissett- Indianapolis Colts
- Kyler Murray- Arizona Cardinals
NOTE: Dwayne Haskins Jr., the Washington Football Club’s No, 1 draft pick, will serve as a backup to Case Keenum
Kyler Murray Dwayne Haskins Jr.
African American quarterbacks on the bench
Joe Webb-Houston Texans
Jordan Ta’Amu- Houston Texans-waived
Tyrod Taylor – San Diego Chargers
Cardale Jones- San Diego Chargers-waived
Brett Hundley- Arizona Cardinals
Robert Griffin III – Baltimore Ravens
Geno Smith- Seattle Seahawks- waived
J.T. Barrett IV- Seattle Seahawks-waived
Joshua Dobbs- Pittsburgh Steelers
Josh Johnson- Detroit Lions
Phillip Walker- Indianapolis Colts -waived
Teddy Bridgewater-New Orleans Saints
Tyree Jackson-Buffalo Bills
Waived means team released player on Aug. 31, 2019.
Will the No Fun League finally learn their lesson, best player starts? Will the conservative owners get it right with Jay-Z? Will African American fans return to the game watching Black leadership on the field? Only time will tell.
A start would be for the league to publicly apologize to Colin Kaepernick and a pledge to help make the United States a better place for everybody to live.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email email@example.com
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