It is always delightful to see the Left going after people on their own side for one asinine reason or another.
In a piece titled “Justin Fields And The Double Standard Of Black Quarterback Prospects”, ESPN’s Martenzie Johnson alleges that the main reason as to why Justin Fields’ draft stock is falling is because of his race.
“When it comes to black quarterbacks in particular,” Johnson writes, “the NFL has long gone out of its way to keep the position as white as the painted yard lines on the field.”
Now, this might be the point where one would expect me to defend the NFL from this nonsensical “racism” attack, but I won’t do that.
The simple reason is that I have no reason or intention to defend the NFL, which invests heavily in the woke kneeling crap and the blatant disrespecting of the United States. It does everything it can to appeal to the Left, submitting to people who either couldn’t care less about football or only want to see the league be destroyed because it’s “barbaric” or because, at one point at least, it appealed to conservatives. That is the reason I even titled this article the way that I did: ESPN, a blue, Leftist sports “news” organization is attacking the NFL, a now-blue, Leftist sports league that cares more about “social justice” that never pans out over delivering a good on-the-field product.
At any rate, Johnson continued with his racism allegations, writing: “We can leave the draft evaluating to the experts, but with zero explanation, two white quarterbacks with comparable or lesser resumes than Fields were suddenly can’t-miss picks. Whether that is true is irrelevant; it’s more about what happened to Fields since he declared for the draft that exposes the draft process – and the entire football-industrial complex – for the, let’s say, racial institution that it is.”
“Quarterbacks are expected to be smart, rational decision-makers who command a team and act as the de facto coach on the field. Accuracy and strong arms are a plus, but it mostly comes down to what’s between your ears rather than any other physical attribute. As the authors of The Bell Curve would have you believe, few Black men possess those attributes.”
While I have zero intention of defending the NFL, I will at least point out why the racism allegation is baseless in this case and give a possible explanation as to why Fields’ draft stock is dropping (not that it’s all that relevant for the purposes of this article, but I feel like I should cover this).
First of all, there are plenty of black quarterbacks in the NFL who are superstars. The highest paid QB in league history is Patrick Mahomes, a black quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. The second-highest paid QB in league history is Dak Prescott, a black quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Apart from them, a number of black quarterbacks are starters in the NFL: Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Russel Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, and others.
A lot of those QBs were taken later in the draft, but for a number of reasons.
Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were taken with the 10th and 12th picks respectively, not because people thought they were bad (people generally don’t think a first-round pick is bad), but because there were few relative QBs of this caliber in this draft. The only other QB taken ahead of them, at the second spot, was Mitch Trubisky, who is white but also pretty good (not as good as Mahomes, but still good, outside of injuries).
Furthermore, the NFL draft has 7 rounds, naturally with a lot of players being taken in those rounds. Sometimes, good QBs, like Russell Wilson, fly under the radar and get drafted in later rounds, and then turn out to be great prospects. This is the case not just for black QBs but also for white QBs, as is the case for one of the best QBs of all time, Tom Brady, who was drafted in the 6th round at the 199th spot. 198 people were taken ahead of Brady, though only six were QBs, which brings me to another reason for talented QBs to be taken later:
Teams often draft based on need, as opposed to talent. If a team has a good or great QB, they have less reason to draft one, even a great one (unless they believe the young QB would be better for them) and would look to fill a different position.
As far as Fields goes, one reason for his stock to fall is that teams are looking deeper at what he does on the field, and they notice that he tends to hold the ball for a little too long because his offensive line is very good and allows him time and room to breathe, which not all NFL teams are capable of doing. The bad teams tend to be the ones who draft higher, and they tend to have turnstile offensive lines, incapable of protecting their QB. Andrew Luck was a prime example of what can happen to a great QB who is left unprotected by their line.
But outside of the on-the-field reasons as to why Fields might be taken lower or why other, white QBs might be taken higher, my overall concern here is not to defend the NFL or even the teams in and of themselves. I delight in the fact that ESPN is attacking people on its own side, or at least, people who submit to the Leftist, woke mob rule.
It demonstrates that there is absolutely zero reason to capitulate to such people, because in their eyes, one can never be woke enough. Like the devil, they point to mistakes and stains in people’s past, and accentuate them and pretend as though that is still the case in the present.
Much like their insistence that this country is “racist” because of its tainted past regarding segregation and slavery (as if this is the only country in the world which practiced that vile thing and as though their Leftist ancestors weren’t the ones DEFENDING those very things), they insist that the NFL itself is racist because it has few black quarterbacks overall. Further, they insist that the reason for that is the league attempting some sort of miniature slave-owning practice, whereby the leader of a team, the QB, is the white master of the mostly black people that make up the rest of the team.
The Left is so fixated on the slave plantations they were forced to give up that they attack the NFL as having a slave owners’ mentality because that is the very mentality they still possess.
They project their own desires onto other people and claim them to be putrid, but it is precisely what they want for themselves.
They accuse others of racism to masquerade their own racist behaviors, both past and present, and to exculpate any future racist behaviors. For example, that very ESPN article. By claiming that the only reason Justin Fields’ draft stock is going down is because of his skin color, the author alludes to the idea that white QBs slated to go ahead of Fields are only up there because of their own skin color and not because of their skill and talent. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson were to admit this himself, as they tend to not care about anti-white racism at best and seek to perpetrate it at worst.
In the 2021 draft, there are three QBs who are slated to go ahead of Fields: Trevor Lawrence, one of the best prospects in the draft and shown to likely go 1st overall, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance. Of these, only Lawrence and Wilson are white, with Lance being black, and apart from Lawrence, Fields is close to the other QB prospects.
Where he actually goes will be up to the team that drafts him, of course, but to allude to the idea that Fields’ stock is going down because of nothing other than his race, when there is ANOTHER BLACK QB SHOWN TO BE AHEAD OF HIM, is utter nonsense.
Again, don’t really care as far as the NFL is concerned because I refuse to defend them. Sure, they are racist, what does it matter to me whether or not that’s true? They have been trying, for years, to capitulate to a woke Leftist mob that seeks to destroy them no matter what they do. A smart league would recognize that it shouldn’t be trying to submit to a mob that seeks to devour them whole and would begin to fight back against it, but I can’t expect the NFL, at this point, to be all that intelligent.
ESPN can write all the allegations and accusations that they want, baseless or not, against the league and I wouldn’t really care one wit, not just because I never really cared for football to begin with, either. The NFL is bleeding when it comes to audience, both in TV ratings and in stadium attendance (the latter having been a big problem even BEFORE the lockdowns).
If the Left wants the NFL to crash and burn, so be it. A league unwilling to defend itself against its aggressors hardly deserves to be afloat to begin with.
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