Hopefully the murderers and wife beaters can find it in their hearts to forgive the guy who used a bad word

I knew I had inadvertently walked right into a mound of BS the moment I turned on ESPN and heard some marble mouthed ex-jock posing as a broadcaster utter the phrase “this is a problem in society as a whole…” Oh dear Lord, the carnival barkers on the sports entertainment network are venturing into philosophy again. And what momentous event has prompted athletes and football announcers to pontificate about the nature and causes of complex cultural woes? I knew it had to be something important. Boy was I right: Apparently, the backup tight end for the Eagles got drunk at a Kenny Chesney concert and used the “N-word.”

GASP.

SHOCK.

HORROR.

On any given evening there are literally hundreds of thousands of drunken Philadelphians saying and doing any manner of vulgar and unseemly things, but just this one such incident must be discussed, dissected and debated for at least the next two weeks. Someone get Obama to chime in on the offensive language of a second string pass catching tight end from the Eagles. The economy can wait, we’ve got a crisis over here.

This Riley Cooper guy has now been fined and will probably be cut from the team at some point. Various commentators and NFL players, not to mention Michael Vick’s brother, have openly salivated about watching opposing defenses spend the next several months intentionally trying to break his knees or cause him a serious spinal cord injury. In other words, we’re going down the familiar checklist whenever something like this happens: Permanently ostracize him from society? Check. Hurt him financially? Check. Threaten to/actually hurt him physically? Check. Yeah, that’ll teach people from one particular race not to say one particular word that offends one particular other race.

Justice is served.

Or something.

Damn it, I was supposed to be taking the week off from ranting about the news, but I can’t help myself. I’m at my wit’s end with this sort of ridiculous faux-outrage. Personally, I don’t know anything about Riley Cooper. I didn’t even know his name until a few hours ago. Maybe he’s a complete jackass and a total jerk. I haven’t analyzed his biography and poured through his past to come to an overall conclusion about Riley Cooper the man. Nor do I care to. But I do know that on the spectrum of “Bad Things That NFL Players Do,” this doesn’t even register in the top 1000. Nobody has any business worrying about how to stop athletes from saying nasty words until we’ve fully investigated all the ways to stop them from beating women and killing people.

By my count, of the more than 40 NFL players arrested since the beginning of the year, at least 9 of them were charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, domestic abuse and/or child abuse. And of the ones that still get to play this season, precisely none of them will be targeted by opposing teams, nor will they likely even catch any flak in the locker room. Aaron Hernandez (speaking of misbehaving tight ends) allegedly slaughtered 3 guys, but that didn’t stop a couple of his fellow players from posing for photos in their “Free Hernandez” hats. You’d be hard pressed to find a professional football roster that isn’t chocked full of dead beat dads and thugs with lengthy rap sheets. It’s funny that Marcus Vick is so offended by a little salty language, considering his brother tormented and murdered puppies for fun. You know what’s even funnier? Vick’s dog torture chamber was excused by many players and media members as a “cultural thing.” Evidently you can be a bloodthirsty animal abusing sadist and still pull the culture card, but God forbid you try that move to rationalize a poor choice of words.

Imagine a man drowning in the middle of the ocean. A guy happens by in a boat and shouts a relatively unnecessary question. “Do you need some help?!” To which the panicked man responds, “Thank God! Yes! Could you toss me some Clearasil? I’m gettin’ a hell of a zit on my forehead.” That’s what we are doing in this society. We’re floundering in a sea of death and decline, yet we spend all of our time worrying about cosmetic, surface level superficialities.

I don’t actually believe that any human being in this country is really capable of getting sincerely upset about the politically incorrect words of an athlete or celebrity. It’s just hard for me to take a person seriously when they spend all of their time being a shameless vulgar hedonist, and then all of the sudden turn into a Puritan with virgin ears when some website digs up cell phone footage of some dude shouting racial slurs at a Kenny Chesney show. But if that sort of person really does exist, he needs to get his priorities straight.

Everyone should cut the crap.

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20 Responses to Hopefully the murderers and wife beaters can find it in their hearts to forgive the guy who used a bad word

  1. lhead says:

    A week off? Not a chance and I agree with this.

  2. Rebecca K. Fraker says:

    I am the (white) grandmother of an absolutely delightful, hard working, non-hoody-wearing teenage biracial multicultural child. I say multicultural, because on our side he is Irish, French, Swiss, Pa Dutch, German, and English and on his mother’s side he is Panamanian, Jamaican, African, Spanish, and Cuna Indian. He was about 9 when he was first called a “n****”, by some older — get ready — black teenager. Seriously? Like only white people use that word? Ha, ha, ha.

  3. weneleh says:

    Oh yes!!!!

  4. Yes, yes they should. Where is COMMON SENSE?

  5. roberob69 says:

    You should have stayed on vacation. This is crap.

  6. psudrozz says:

    he’s a wide out. same status though.

    someone should ask the offended players who said players have on their itunes playlist. guaranteed worse than anything riley said.

  7. TwoPoxGhost says:

    I quit watching pro sports when my beloved Eagles hired Vick. It was the last straw for me. I was slowly becoming frustrated with the way American’s put so many criminals on a pedestal. I gave away all of my Phillies, Eagles and Sixers propaganda to people who would appreciate it. I removed sports from my life and feel like a heroin addict that finally put the needle down.

    If politicians played sports I would watch, but only if there were sharp objects involved.

  8. Robert says:

    This kind of crap is exactly what is going wrong in the US. today. Meanwhile, accross the street at the rap concert (if that’s really music) every other word is openly about white boys or crackers! But that’s ok because we owe the african american for past sins. Bullcrap!!! Freedom of speach! Deal with it. Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house!

  9. tim says:

    I say off with his head! A crime (well it wasn’t a crime but play along) worse than insulting Allah

  10. bluebird says:

    Marcus Vick’s comments are not only ironic because he is related to Michael Vick but also because he himself has a history of weapons and sexual assault charges. Real stand-up guy.

  11. Darren says:

    I do like your posts, and I like your point, but I’m tired of people saying “N-word”. There is nothing evil about a particular arrangement of sound waves emanating from vibrating vocal chords and tongue movements (speech). Intention and context are what make words bad, good, or neutral. If languages had evolved differently, the sound “teeky-beeky-koo” might be some god-awful curse word in some language, but there’s obviously nothing inherently bad about about that arrangement of sound.

    If one’s particular audience is the type that finds bad words offensive, and the speaker/writer doesn’t wish to be crass, then okay use asterisks or something. But use them equally for other bad words too. Using it only for the word nigger promotes this special category thing and implies that all the other foul words out there are somehow fair game. And you don’t hear anybody saying “the R-word” when referring to the Washington Redskins, but that word is just as offensive. The primary group it offends, however, just hasn’t been as vocal in blocking the word (perhaps because there are so few of them left).

  12. J Cline says:

    Black racists — let’s just call them what they really are — know that there isn’t any political capital to be made on condemning actual criminals for actual crimes.

  13. citizenforfreedom says:

    Anyone who has been around black people hear them use that word all the time! But God forbid a white person says it.

  14. Hanna says:

    a) You are absolutely right that there are more important things we should be focusing on in terms of sports culture. Nailed it, well done.

    b) Race relations are actually important. Sorry to burst any bubbles, but the reason the n-word is offensive coming from a white person is because it’s COMING FROM A WHITE PERSON. You may say this is a double-standard, that you should be free to say whatever you want, but here’s the truth: to People of Color, the history of race relations is still relevant and still has an impact on life. Even if you say “get over it, it was ages ago, nobody cares, I can say the n-word,” I’m sorry, but that’s not how it works. When you say it, you are invoking the entire history of the word, you are telling that person you think you’re better than him or her, you are in essence dehumanizing another human being. And that is why God forbid a white person say it: because it is the polar opposite from loving your neighbor. Why do you need the right to say it, anyway? If it hurts another human being, why are you so insistent on using it?

    • Darren says:

      Hanna, first, I realize that your comments aren’t directed at me since I’m not necessarily fighting for “the right to say it,” but I thought of a clarification I wanted to make anyway. In my opinion, no one should give a flying falcon if someone (whether they be white, orange, purple, zebra-striped, whatever) enunciates the word nigger when they are having a discussion about the word nigger. I think mature adults can talk philosophically about the word nigger in a public venue without being offensive. “N-word” seems childish at times. What if anatomy professors starting saying “the P-word” instead of penis? Now, at the same time, I am not advocating for whitish people to say “Greetings, Nigger!” when a black person walks into the store. That would be way out of line in 98.9% of cases. (Although among friends of various shapes, sizes, and colors, you’ll find that all sorts of words may be exchanged in camaraderie, not just “nigga”.) But I do think it’s time that people chill the fcuk out (no trademark violation intended) about neutral uses of the word nigger. And, if people want to say “N-word,” they should be forced to say “the name that rhymes with Winnie the Pooh’s friend, Tigger,” because both options are equally ridiculous, at times.

      In the end, I would make two rules: (1) Whitish people: do not refer to blackish people you do not know as “nigga/er”. (2) Blackish people: please dismount your incredibly high horse when someone on TV or radio uses “nigger” in an academic/philosophical/neutral manner — the speaker isn’t perpetuating anything; the only person perpetuating something is the “offended” person who responds by calling fire and brimstone down from on high.

      And, finally, perhaps we might appreciate how long American Indians (most of them seem to prefer the term “American Indian” [thanks, Columbus!] over “Native American”) have endured–and in many cases, even learned (through mature behavior) to enjoy–the name “Washington Redskins.” Can you imagine the outrage if the team had been named “The Washington Niggers/Chinks/Wetbacks/Beaners/etc/etc”?

      As to what shade of the visible light spectrum am I? –it really doesn’t matter. (Like most Americans, I’m mixed. I probably reflect a little more light than I absorb, but I’m also a enrolled member of the Chickasaw nation.)

    • Dianne says:

      Really? Based on what you’re saying, Hanna, I think of all the times I could have gotten all upset and hurt, and angry because of the “racial” comments of other people towards me. You see, I’m American Indian, and many times in my life people have made comments like “war path”, referenced my makeup as “war paint”….HMMM I didn’t realize they were making racial slurs. DARN, I missed a chance at a good MAD….LOL It’s not about what is said….it is about the person that is hearing and whether they want to be offended or just laugh it off and attribute it to the other person’s lack of good sense!

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