The Whitening of NFL Rosters
November 4, 2007 5 Comments
I became a huge Jason Whitlock fan after watching him take Al Sharpton to task for the latter’s alarmist tactics.
Whitlock is a gifted writer not to mention a brilliant communicator, which is why he is linked to right in the “Opinion” box.
A column he wrote for Fox Sports (his new home) titled,
“NFL buffoons leaving terrible legacy”, expounds on the effects of hip hop culture on the composition of NFL rosters.
African-American football players caught up in the rebellion and buffoonery of hip hop culture have given NFL owners and coaches a justifiable reason to whiten their rosters. That will be the legacy left by Chad, Larry and Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, Terrell Owens, Michael Vick and all the other football bojanglers.
In terms of opportunity for American-born black athletes, they’re going to leave the game in far worse shape than they found it.
It’s already starting to happen. A little-publicized fact is that the Colts and the Patriots — the league’s model franchises — are two of the whitest teams in the NFL.
If a white journalist would have said this, Al Sharpton would have called for the man’s immediate dismissal and subsequent hanging. Even if our theoretical white journalist would have added what Whitlock did further down the page,
Race is not the determining factor when it comes to having a good or bad attitude. Culture is.
I recommend reading the entire column to consider the following question: Does Jason Whitlock have a point?