I’m one who believes the wildly popular Wide World of Sports we millions of sports fans follow tragically reflects our greater society by embodying virtually all the ills and woes of American life - greed, gluttony, gender discrimination, and racial exclusion, just to name a few. Of course, Wall Street, Washington DC, and Hollywood do also, but sports seem to personify and illustrate, in vivid black and white, how extremely dysfunctional this nation is.

Nevertheless, the athletic games we play, America’s national pastimes, have the potential, the ability, to enhance social and cultural life by bringing together individuals and communities. Sociological study, in general, has discovered sports feeds into “ideologies of gender, affect gender relations, and support or challenge racial and social class hierarchies.”

Sports force people to judge individuals by their “content” and not their color, class nor gender.

Charges of racism have been leveled against the NFL, again. Brian Flores, a former head coach in the NFL, has filed a class-action suit against the NFL, but specifically three teams, the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and Denver Broncos. He’s accusing them of a lack of integrity and overt discrimination. I won’t bore the non-sports fans with the pigskin details, however the bigger picture is clear: it’s about the denial of equal opportunity.

The league’s unfathomable reply to the obvious exclusion of Blacks in the head coaching ranks: “The NFL and our clubs are deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices and continue to make progress in providing equitable opportunities throughout our organizations,” the statement read. “Diversity is core to everything we do, and there are few issues on which our clubs and our internal leadership team spend more time. We will defend against these claims, which are without merit.”

Blatantly false…without merit… rich White man, please! Look at the numbers, the data isn’t lying!

Regardless of the infamous “Rooney Rule” which, when crafted in 2003, was supposed to guarantee at least one Black candidate was, if nothing else, a part of the interviewing process, the league has regressed, not progressed, going from 3 Black head coaches in 2003 to 1 today, Mike Tomline with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This abnormality exists in a business operation (NFL) in which the labor force is roughly 75% Afro-American.

The numbers are far beyond troubling. The total is trifling and reflects what many believe is an entrenched racist mentality which can be seen throughout the league’s century-plus of existence.

Let’s hope the vast array of other Afro-American coaches who’ve been disrespected, slighted, and ultimately shafted by an ownership cartel, a body that has “0” Black owners, have the guts to join Flores in his class-action suit. Let’s pray these alpha-male types have the heart to stand up and speak up against what we all know is the deliberate discrimination and tactical exclusion of Black men as head coaches and front office decision-makers.

Imagine the visual if 20 or so Black coaches join in this class action suit, are all Blackballed, and can’t get a job in the NFL after their current contracts end, imagine!

However, let’s not halt there: additionally what ought to happen now is the NFL Players Union should strategically support Flores’ class-action suit by voting not to participate in any pre-season games until the racist monopoly is cracked open and infiltrated - hit these elitist aristocrats in the only place it counts - their wallets.

On top of that, what’s crucial: Black athletes from other sports need to stand up and join in.

And perhaps more critical to crafting concrete change: this stand Flores is making - it needs prominent White players to stand with them, both retired and current, from Dick Butkus, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Tony Romo, to the two starting white quarterbacks for the upcoming superbowl. Aaron Rodgers should stand with Black players, as should Christain McCaffery, the Bosa brothers, Cooper Cupp, the Watt and Kelcie brothers…it’s a long list of those who could stand with their fellow gridiron gladiators.

Tom Brady, more than letting AB stay in one of your 27 guess bedrooms - stand here with Flores.

Yet instead, I’d wager it will be very quiet` .

How can the NFL, with its century-long legacy of racism and exclusion even have the audacity to offer up this drivle as a defense? It’s insulting to say the very least.

Let’s just look at the present-day situation. The League’s Houston franchise is strategizing over “how to” hire an out-of-work backup quarterback, Josh McCowen, (no coaching background) as their coach, instead of Flores. It’s this “Screw you Nigger” type move that exemplify this within the NFL’s roundtable of owners. There’s more than a handful who are King Trump’s buddies, pals, knights of the…. who seem to share his vision of White male superiority and domination, attainable by any tyrannical means required - be it lying or cheating, or both.

Let’s not minimize Brian Flores’ sacrifice. It’s about a 90% chance he’ll be branded, banned, and barred from the NFL head coaching ranks, punished for being “ungrateful,” “uppity,” and “not knowing his place.” The league is going to “Kaepernick” him and we all know it. There’s a price to be paid for standing up and speaking out. Flores may very well have to pay for his strength and character by never working again in the NFL.

And lastly, it must be highlighted that the owners of the NFL are a group of White men, more than of whom few pal around and buddy up with Donald Trump, despite the harsh truth of the man as racist, sexist and elitist, to say the very, very least, backed and supported by White nationalists and supremists. And yet they befriend this man. What does that say about these men and where their hearts, minds, and sympathies lie?

May the gridiron Gods be with Flores; he’s going to need it.

BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Desi Cortez, who also writes for BlackAthlete.com & NegusWhoRead.com, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213. At age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the foot of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into an officer n' gentleman, a "man's man." Produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my "little" mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Wordsmith behind America's Ten Months Pregnant . . . Ready To Blow!: Even Trump Can't "Make America White Again." A New, More Inclusive, Diverse 21st Century America - Love It . . . Or Get The Hell Out!. Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.

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