Is the NFL Picking Winners and Losers?
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “Let me see if I understand this. There were 700 players cut in final roster moves last week, 700 out of a job. I’m sure many of them are fathers with families to feed, young families. Seven hundred players were let go, cut. Only one of them received the assistance of the National Football League’s highest echelon of brass making phone calls on their behalf, one, because he prefers sex with men.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
Begin Mike Church Show Transcript
Mike: The NFL kicks off this Sunday. Many of you are football fans. I’ll tell you, from the time I was a little boy until very recently, I lived, eat, slept, and breathed football. I still love watching the sport. I still enjoy it. Because my place of birth was New Orleans, Louisiana, I still am tied to and very fond of our New Orleans Saints franchise name because it was awarded on All Saints Day in 1967. I’ve got to tell you, what the NFL does as a business and the way they conduct their affairs is not worthy of much of our support. Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t good men that are players and coaches and that you just walk away from it. This is developing into, I think — talk about a very slow but very methodical injection or infusion of politics — it goes beyond politics, of values, some kind of morality into the NFL and pro sports. It’s happening. It has happened.
So last night the Green Bay Packers met the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks, unfortunately, won. We’ll save that for another discussion on another day. In any event, prior to the game you might have seen that Peter King, who works for, I believe, Sports Illustrated, was doing a story. He was quoting. His source was Stephen A. Smith of ESPN that NFL officials had called teams around the league personally. They made personal calls to team owners around the league to gauge interest in some team signing homosexual Michael Sam to their practice squad. Of course, yesterday the Cowboys signed Sam.
King reported this on the pre-game show on NBC prior to the Seahawks / Packers season opener Thursday night.
“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”
“Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.”
This report, that is surely to upset other players vying for NFL practice squads around the league, was initially reported by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on yesterday’s edition of “First Take.”
Mike: Let me see if I understand this. There were 700 players cut in final roster moves last week, 700 out of a job. I’m sure many of them are fathers with families to feed, young families. Seven hundred players were let go, cut. Only one of them received the assistance of the National Football League’s highest echelon of brass making phone calls on their behalf, one, because he prefers sex with men. [mocking] “Mike, that’s not the way.” Oh, it’s not? Okay, then tell me, what’s the way to look at it? The Dallas Cowboys are the ones that picked Sam up?
“According to sources I have in the NFL, the league did call a few teams. They did want teams to take Michael Sam because obviously we see what
kind of movement they’re gearing for, and what they’re support of Michael Sam, who we all know, came out, acknowledged he was [Mike: I’m replacing gay with homosexual.] before the draft and ultimately something Roger Goodell and the NFL supports and they want their teams to support. But other teams weren’t too receptive to taking him on once the St. Louis Rams cut him,” reported the ESPN talking head.
“So in steps, Jerry Jones coming to the aid of the NFL and making a splash with his willingness to bring this guy on board to the practice squad.”
“Kudos to Jerry Jones because it shows he’s willing to be a team player. [Mike: Team player for who, Stephen, Beelzebub?] It shows that even though he’s a hype machine or what have you, in the end, he’s willing to do what he believes, and what the league believes to be in the best interest of the league,” Smith added.
Mike: I thought the best interests of the league was putting the best football product on the field. This is the National Football League we’re talking about, right? This is not GLAD that we’re talking about, whose goal is to put the best advocacy of gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgendered issues out on the field. So the NFL is now in this business. So now, if you’re a mediocre player and you want to get to the top of the draft, if you want to worm your way into the National Football League, turn homosexual. You could just turn gay for the money, couldn’t you? What if we found out that players were actually going: Well, nobody’s really going to investigate me, are they? I don’t have to actually kiss some dude on television like Sam did. I could just say that I am.
How many of you remember the Tom Hanks television show Bosom Buddies? Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks, what did they pretend to be? Women. To get what? Cheap rent on an apartment.
They were staying in a dorm with other women, but you get the point. What is going on here with this? You mean to tell me there’s no value, that you investigate the value structure of the 700 men that were cut? Did you investigate whether any of them maybe had helped struggling children out?
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Maybe some of them may have attended Christian colleges and gone to seminary and had spent their life doing missionary work in their off season. Did you study that? So Sam, because he prefers sex positions with men, gets to go to the head of the line and gets promoted by the NFL? Good grief.
How do you explain that to a seven-year-old football fan? These things are all relevant. If it’s not relevant, then why is Jerry Jones, the most brash, narcissistic owner in the NFL, why is Jerry Jones the one that it falls down to to execute?
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