The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America has already had a wide ranging affect across the sports world. NBA teams have announced they won’t stay at his hotels, an NFL player protested the election through the national anthem, and NBA head coaches have ripped the election a new one.
Mike Freeman posted his weekly 10 Point Stance column for Bleacher Report on Wednesday, and the second point talked about Trump and the recent election.
Freeman spoke with an unnamed NFL team executive who said he thinks Donald Trump getting elected is good for the current state and future of the NFL.
His theory basically insults NFL fans and Americans everywhere.
“Under President [Barack] Obama, the country was intellectual and looked at facts. I think that’s why our ratings fell. People read a lot about our scandals or CTE and didn’t like what they saw. Under Trump, the country will care less about truth or facts. It’ll be [more raw] and brutal. Football will be more of an outlet. We’ll go back to liking our violent sports.”
Let’s dissect that quote piece by piece to understand just how insulting that quote is to NFL fans and Americans.
1. “Under President [Barack] Obama, the country was intellectual and looked at facts.”
First off, is that such a bad thing? Facts are facts for a reason; to help people understand what is right and wrong in the world. Sadly, that didn’t matter much in the election, but the country being more intellectual isn’t a bad thing at all.
2. “I think that’s why our ratings fell. People read a lot about our scandals or CTE and didn’t like what they saw.”
The ratings fell because people read a lot about domestic violence running rampant in the NFL and that CTE was exploding to the point that NFL players were committing suicide and almost always had CTE? Sounds like a legit reason to me. Fans have common sense..
This part of the quote is particularly disturbing. It can be interpreted as the NFL exec saying “well if the country wasn’t as smart, maybe people wouldn’t stop watching just because our players were sexually assaulting their wives and our players were dying due to the aggressiveness of the game!”
How dumb do you think America is, unnamed NFL exec? You don’t have to be smart to understand a longer penalty for under inflated footballs than sexual assault is bad or that there is a direct correlation between playing football and CTE.
3. “Under Trump, the country will care less about truth or facts. It’ll be [more raw] and brutal.”
At this point in the quote, the odds that this owner voted for Trump are basically 1-1. It’s not a good thing at all that the country may care less about truth or facts. That’s how bad things happen. And to say it’ll be (more raw) and brutal? Are you kidding me? That’s basically saying laws will go out the window.
4. “Football will be more of an outlet. We’ll go back to liking our violent sports.”
Don’t really see a correlation between a President and fans liking violent sports. As a result, it’s important to bring the first part of the quote back here.
The NFL exec is assuming since the country may become less intelligent under a non-President Obama in Trump, that means Americans will like violent sports and football specifically more. In short, this unnamed NFL exec is basically saying less intelligent people like violent sports and particularly football.
Once again, the greater context of the quote is that this unnamed NFL exec thinks less intelligent people like NFL. Let that sink in – he or she is saying his or her team’s fans are less intelligent because they like football.