The White Man’s Burden

I was watching ESPN tonight and they did a story on Richie Incognito and his inability to get a job in the NFL. Allegedly, the NFL is telling teams they should not sign him. The ESPN piece, like the linked article and the comments in that article, bordered on the farcical. Everyone pretends to be mystified as to why a white guy, who was mean to a black guy, can’t get a job, while black guys found guilty of abusing children, beating women and killing animals are welcomed back into the league. Heck, a few years ago a black guy, who spent time in the can for homicide, was welcomed back into the league.

After working out for Broncos on Monday, Richie Incognito will have to keep looking. Denver, despite having a desperately thin offensive line, has decided to pass—for now—on signing the controversial-but-talented guard, who hasn’t played in the NFL in over a year.

The Broncos are firing on nearly all cylinders, save their run game. They rank 25th in yards per attempt, and 26th in yards per game. They’ve been shuffling their O-line all season in attempts to address the obvious problems—just this past Sunday they moved All-Pro guard Louis Vasquez to tackle, center Manny Ramirez to guard, and started Will Montgomery at center for the first time this year. In short: they’re desperate. And Incognito, if he can play anything like he did the last time we saw him, would be an upgrade.

But it’s been a very long time since we saw Richie Incognito. He was suspended after last season’s Week 8 after reports emerged of his harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin. The CBA only allowed for a four-game ban, but as more and more information came out, Incognito became increasingly toxic to the Dolphins, to they reached a deal to pay Incognito to sit out the remainder of the season. Finally, in February, the results of an NFL-commissioned independent investigation were released, and they showed Incognito to be a shithead of the highest order.

Except, this sport is full of shitheads. Abusers and bullies and harassers and just straight up bastards that no one can stand. And for the most part, all that comes a distant third place to how good you are at football. (Second place is how much you cost.) Incognito is, at least theoretically, still a good football player. At the time of his suspension, Pro Football Focus had him rated as the league’s 13th best guard (out of 71).

Yet Incognito can’t find a taker, despite a handful of teams kicking his tires from the moment he was reinstated in late August. This line, buried at the bottom of a Jay Glazer report, feels ominous:

Incognito visited the Chiefs and the Bucs this season and in both cases, each team got skittish after numerous calls from people inside the NFL were made and no deals were ever consummated.

I wonder what it could be?

I somewhat expected a lot of this to fade away now that the election is over. Mass fainting spells over the pale penis people acting poorly is a fine enough election tool, but the election is over. I suppose it just shows how fearful old rich white guys are these days. Donald Sterling had his team confiscated because he was deemed a heretic. In the old days, Jewish guys were immune from charges of heresy, but the Cult is turning on the Tribe, particularly the males. The war on the pale penis people is inclusive!

I’m noodling on something else for a longer post at a later date, but the fact that “bullying” is now worse than murder says a lot about where we are culturally. That’s a big part of the Incognito story. It’s not that he was mean to a black guy. It’s that he was ruled overly masculine and that’s close to a capital crime these days.

4 thoughts on “The White Man’s Burden

  1. Well Ed, the only problem with that theory is his former teammates backed him over his alleged victim, the guy who got the boohoos when Incognito said mean things to him.

    But, you are somewhat proving my point. A big pale penis person acting hyper- masculine makes everyone around him a victim according to the one true faith.

  2. The NFL is a criminal enterprise, run by, don’t be shocked, criminals. White face criminals own it and black face criminals work for it.

    “They use us up.” Tony Dorsett accurately describes the relationship between players and owners while complaining about the concussion scandal. What he implied, but didn’t say was; players, when used-up are thrown away like a used Kleenex, and given the same consideration.

    The NFL is the modern day version of the plantation system. Players(workers) are bought and sold in a closed market that is tilted heavily in favor of the owners. Yes, players like Dorsett that become stars are extremely well paid, most are not and have a very short shelf life.

    Without the collusion of government endorsed monopoly power and tax supported playing venues the NFL, as it is today, would cease to exist.

  3. You do realize that the relevant difference here between Incognito and the guys who abused children, beat women, and killed animals is that Incognito’s victims were his teammates, not that he is white?

    Incognito’s skills are countered by the risk of his messing with other players on the team, making their play worse, and for most if not all teams its just not worth it. If a NFL team had players who were children, women, or dogs they would probably take a pass on some of these other cases.

  4. See, the problem with a “cultural appropriation” of McCarthyism is that Joe McCarthy was proved to be correct.
    “Victims” aside, an astonishing number of folks in the entertainment and “education” industries were found to actually be communist dupes, but, that was by design.

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