Tuesday, December 9, 2008

NFL Commissioner Goodell on Guns

Roger Goodell, channelling Mike Ditka, speaks out on guns:

"The real issue to me, is when the players feel they're unsafe, they shouldn't be there," Goodell said. "So get out, don't be there. If you feel the need to have a firearm to be someplace, you're in the wrong place."

No, Roger. The real issue is your players not acting like adults. They've been pampered and insulated for so long, they've never been told "no". They think life is what they see on TV, and what their sycophant "entourage" tell them it is.

You say "don't be there", but Dunta Robinson was in his own home when he was robbed. As was Sean Taylor, of course.

Saying "don't be there" is similar to Nancy Regan's "Just say no". In real life, it doesn't work that way. You might start by getting the NRA to conduct some firearms safety classes. If that's too big a step, start out with Eddie Eagle and work your way up.

Education, not prevention, is the key to keeping your players healthy, and alive.

As I related here, there are NFL players who have their heads on straight. Too bad yours isn't.



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Frank Keegan said...

At least half of the Ravens’ players own a gun, according to a team official.
Darren Sanders, the Ravens’ head of security, estimates the number of players on the team who own guns mirrors the rest of the NFL, a figure which gained national attention this week following comments made by Miami’s Joey Porter. The linebacker defended Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who is facing jail time for having a concealed handgun without a permit at a New York City nightclub last month.

“You’ve got a constitutional right to bear arms,” said Sanders, who spent 17 years with the Baltimore City Police Department. “We have a number of players who are hunters, but many who feel they need a gun for protection. There are plenty of athletes and celebrities that have been shot and/or killed in recent years, so they feel the need to protect themselves.”

Here’s why NFL players may feel compelled to own a gun: