The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy to a new contract.In case you didn’t know,Hardy was accused of domestic violence against his girlfriend,choking her and threatening to kill her.The charges have been dismissed because the victim failed to appear in court. He’s currently on the Commissioner’s exempt list and is waiting to see how long he will be suspended.People are going nuts saying Hardy should not be allowed to play and the Cowboys are being villified for signing him.Let’s understand something here.The only reason Hardy was signed is because he’s still a very good player.Two years ago he had 15 sacks for the Panthers which lead the team.The difference between him and Ray Rice is that Rice isn’t a very good player anymore.The Minnesota Vikings want Adrian Peterson back because he’s still one of the best running backs in the league.As long as a player can still perform at a high level there will be a team out there ready to throw millions his way,public relations be damned.Jerry Jones,the Cowboys owner,doesn’t care what Hardy allegedly did,all he cares about is the ability Hardy has to rush the quarterback which his team had trouble doing last year.Even the fans of the team just care about how Hardy can help them win.So while the NFL has a big problem of domestic violence to deal with,if a player is very good like Hardy,it doesn’t matter.That’s my opinion.
Chris Borland,the 24 year old fast rising star linebacker of the San Francisco 49ers,has decided to retire from the NFL after only one season because of the concussion problem that has rocked football.While I have absolutely no problem with Borlands decision,I do have a problem with the idea that parents will now look to not let their kids play football.Look,for every Chris Borland out there,there are also a hundred or so players that would jump at the opportunity he just walked away from,to play professional football in the National Football League.The concussion problem is a serious one and I applaud the NFL for the steps it has taken to make the game safer.While I never played football in college or even high school I have suffered two concussions playing in pickup games.I have a scar on the side of my head from one and I had severe headaches after the second one.I thank God that today I don’t have any lingering symptoms but the scar is noticeable.I’m old enough to remember the days of the legendary Dick Butkus and SamHuff,when if you got banged in the head you just tried to shake it off and keep playing.If you didn’t you got the reputation of not being tough.My second concussion I was playing in a league that was called touch but was anything but.I was the quarterback and got hit from the blind side just as I threw the pass.My head hit the pavement and I knew I was hurt.I didn’t loose consciousness but my ears were ringing and my head was spinning.The opposing coach leaned into me and said, “you know the tough guys in the pros get up” so naturally I tried to get up but everyone was saying no don’t.The ambulance came and took me to the hospital.That was my last game but the league continued on.So while Chris Borland made the right decision for himself,the National Football League will continue to thrive because players will keep coming to live their dream.That’s my opinion.
If you haven’t seen the video of the Los Angeles Police Officer shooting a homeless man,you should.It is one of the most disturbing scenes I have seen in recent memory.There were at least 3 policemen who wrestled with this man and had him down on the ground.Although the homeless man continued to put up a fight,the police were in no danger because he was being pinned to the ground.Then suddenly six shots are fired (I counted them from the video) and you can hear people yelling that the homeless man is dead.Then you see a Black Policeman emerge to keep the angry crowd back and he’s being yelled at as the shooter.While the video doesn’t actually show the Black Officer shooting the victim,there is no doubt six shots were fired and the Officer is standing over the dead man.This was a senseless and blatant overreaction.They were in no danger,the man was on the ground.And why six shots? He emptied his gun into this mans body.It’s acts like this by policemen that turn the public against them.This wasn’t a White cop killing a black man,it was a Black cop.This is not a race killing like Missouri or the choking on Staten Island.What it is is a cop who did not want to deal with a man that was putting up a struggle and decided enough is enough and took the man’s life.If he’s not prosecuted for manslaughter then it means a policeman can shoot you six times if he has you on the ground and you pose no threat physically.Be careful.That’s my opinion.