A Supreme Court Justice In Ohio (Who Apparently Thinks It's 1960) Accused Cleveland Browns' Players Of "Draft Dodging"
First and foremost, I just want to bid farewell to Bill O'Neill's season. Can't believe it's already over before it actually started. Six months seems like a pretty excessive recovery period for hurt feelings, but 70 year old white men are definitely more likely to become hypochondriacs that let the perception that their privilege is being strained keep them out of the luxury box for longer than necessary. Hopefully the Browns are able to plug someone into his cushy, empty seat at 'The Dawg Pound', and not experience too much of a drop-off in fan support. Again, it sucks that Bill O'Neill is going to have to miss out on yet another disappointing season in Cleveland, but at least he got to go out on top...with a preseason victory.
When you think about, this whole scene really is pretty despicable. The gall of a bunch of properly-compensated, supremely talented babies exercising their freedom to protest the race-driven wedge that continues to divide this country? Don't they know their time could better spent at home kissing their wives and babies goodbye after being summoned to serve their country by a military-supplying mechanism that ended well over two decades before most of them were born? Admittedly, I had no idea that veterans were overseas fighting for America's right to play football, but shame on a bunch of professional athletes for disrespecting all their hard work via group prayer for a more unified tomorrow.
All due thanks and respect to Bill O'Neill for serving this country. However, I can't help but find it incredibly hilarious that the white dudes that hold similar office are - statistically speaking - infinitely more likely to be old and entitled enough to hop, skip, and pay their way out of their call to service than NFL players who were 50 years away from owning their own cell phone.
Like, it seems like a much more natural progression to criticize the U.S. president who actually dodged the draft instead of the football players whose Constitutionally-enabled free expression is - at the very least - an indirect product of his divisive campaign. The Cleveland Browns in question may not have been lining up for their university's ROTC program, but they were very much present for the only draft they were eligible for.