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San Francisco 49ers cornerback says he wouldn’t tolerate a gay teammate: “Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.
President Obama on the dangers of playing football, in an interview with The New Republic published today. We had an extensive discussion about the sport’s toll on its players — and the morality of being a football fan — with a former NFL player and the widow of a former player on Saturday’s Up w/ Chris. (via upwithchris)
Travis Waldron at ThinkProgress explains Brent Musburger, Katherine Webb, and football’s culture toward women:
Painting Webb as merely a perk of the job, as nothing more than the Alabama beauty queen dating the quarterback of the Crimson Tide, only enables that culture. It’s a culture that views women as nothing more than chattel, a commodity to be won by the best player even if she isn’t a willing participant. It fosters a sense of entitlement to women and their bodies that only ingrains the rape and violence culture deeper into the game.
That sense of entitlement contributes to, if it doesn’t cause, incidents like the Steubenville rape case, the murder of Kasandra Perkins, and the cover-up of a potential sexual assault on Notre Dame’s campus.
Thoughtful material. Read it.
Scott Walker — the union-busting GOP governor — says bring back the unions!
This is a different type of season preview than you might be used to, looking at all of the issues on and off the field — from player safety to labor fights to LGBT rights.
Like we said, it’s ThinkProgress style.
I realized this weekend, during college football’s opening weekend, that I can’t watch the game the way I used to. Not after a summer filled with reports about the dangers of the game, a suicide perhaps caused by concussion-related depression, and a dispute over player safety. I notice every bone-crushing hit, every whip of the head, every helmet-to-helmet clash in a way I never have before, and I wince not just because my favorite team’s best player might be hurt, but because somewhere, at some level, young men are racking up seemingly routine hits that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
The thing that makes me wince hardest, though, is that I still watch.
ThinkProgress Reporter/Blogger Travis Waldron