Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley made quite the statement against the game of football as it relates to player safety.
Speaking on WGR Tuesday morning, Whaley said football is “a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play,” per Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News.
So I guess we really can't handle the truth, huh? I see a lot of people saying that Doug Whaley is an idiot for saying that humans weren't mean to play football, and you could certainly make the argument that he would have been better off leaving that fuse unlit. That said, you could also make the argument that it's better to be an honest hypocrite than an ignorant optimist.
Give me the guy that understands how morally compromising it is to employ a bunch of football players knowing that they are putting themselves at risk by playing football. Give me the guy that might be a little too outspoken, but is smart enough to know that human bodies weren't built to withstand the physical toll of running at each other full speed and outright attempting to inflict as much pain as possible on one another. That's far more commendable than the alternative, which is basically turning a blind eye to all the long term injuries and potential deaths that have come at the hands of the sport. Doug Whaley just said what everyone with a brain - that hasn't been subjected to dozens upon dozens of open field hits - already knew. The world would be a safer, albeit much less entertaining, place without football. Saying so out loud was a PR team's worst nightmare, but it doesn't change anything. If anything, admitting that there is a problem is the first step in trying to solve it. What are they going to fire him for not being in complete denial? Is that going to make sport that's inherently predicated on violence any less dangerous?
This is what the higher ups in the NFL should be doing. It's the exact opposite of what Roger Goodell and his merry band of minions did when they pulled millions upon millions of dollars of funding from concussion research when they realized they weren't going to like the findings. Doug Whaley just gave in to Will Smith's demands. He told the truth. Doesn't mean a business as profitable as the NFL is going anywhere. It just means that some of the people that hold the most power in the company - commissioner not included - aren't completely compassionless, corrupt buffoons with only their bottomline in mind.