The NFL Won't Let DeAngelo Williams, Whose Mother Passed Away From Breast Cancer, Wear Pink After October
PFT- Williams lost his mother to breast cancer, and he says he contacted NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent to seek permission to keep wearing pink on his uniform after October ends.
But Vincent said pink is only to be worn in October, and there are no exceptions.“He told me no. I’m assuming they are telling everybody else no as well,” Williams told ESPN.
Williams, who wears his hair long enough that it hangs out from his helmet, says he has researched the NFL’s rules and can find no rules about hair color. So he plans to keep the pink he’s been wearing in his hair.
“The hair, it’s part of the uniform from the standpoint of being tackled, but it’s not specific on what color it has to be or if it has to match the uniform,” he said.
Williams isn’t only supporting breast cancer awareness with his hair. He’s also supporting breast cancer awareness with his money: Williams made a donation to fund mammograms for 53 women, in memory of his mother, who died at the age of 53.
This might not be a popular opinion, but fuck the Dos Equis guy, I think Roger Goodell might really by the most interesting man in the world. Don't get me wrong. I didn't say smartest, or most rational, or most business savvy. I said most interesting. I would love to spend 5 minutes in the head of Roger Goodell trying to understand his thought process. The end of October would be a hell of a time to do it too, because that cranium is undoubtedly a little shop of horrors.
I just want to know how someone thinks it's a good idea to tell a player, whose mother past away from cancer, that he can't honor her by wearing pink in November when the whole league is encouraged to wear pink throughout the entire month of October. The NFL is under fire for not doing dick in terms of monetary contributions to cancer research? Nope, doesn't matter. Doesn't effect their stance. You can only acknowledge cancer victims when it's a completely empty gesture that is negotiated by the league. You can only support a serious cause during a completely arbitrary time period that your employer approves. When you're a player, that has donated actual hard earned money to help women get tested for cancer you can't wear pink on November 1st, but when you're a random jackass that likes how it looks on his shoes you can wear it on October 31st. That would be like if HBO only aired the movie '42' during Black History Month, but didn't even offer it on demand during the rest of the year. Sorry cancer victims, but you guys only get 31 days to be relevant and not a second more. Rules are rules.
It's the same shit over and over with the NFL. They don't really care about women, they just need people to think they care about women. They don't really care about breast cancer, they just need people to think they care about breast cancer. And that's not even my biggest gripe! Whatever, people pretend to care about shit all the time. It's the NFL's pathetic attempt at keeping up the charade that is the most baffling aspect of this story. Players that have physically abused women are allowed to play in the league months later. DeAngelo Williams can only show his dedication to fighting against the disease that took his mother's life for 4 games a year. For Christ's sake, at least put the smallest amount of effort into making your actions seem sincere. Either go all-in on a cause or don't, but doing a shitty job of pretending to care about a problem only makes you look worse than the people that don't even acknowledge that it is a problem.