National Football League Catches Some Criticism

National Football League Catches Some Criticism

Theodore Weiss, Senior Reporter

There are certain job titles that take a burden on people’s life, not in the sense that the work that the job issues the worker is issued an overload, but rather what the worker does is frowned upon by society — to be frank, no one likes these people.

Parking enforcement enhances society, but at the same time they punish petty details in people’s lives, like being a few minutes after the meter expired.

Besides parking enforcers ruining the enjoyment of people’s lives, a new job title has taken the burden of being hated for what they do.

The Commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell.

The Commissioner, just like the parking enforcers have given out unwarranted fines for petty details.

For instance, running back for Pittsburg Steelers DeAngelo Williams was fined 5,787 dollars for a uniform violation.

This would be an acceptable fine if the player was breaking the rules, but this isn’t the case. Williams was fined over five thousand dollars for wearing “Find the Cure” in his eye black. This is the first time he was fined for wearing custom eye black, but says that he has worn customized eye back for years.

For Williams, finding a cure is personal, as his mother recently lost the battle of fighting breast cancer. Williams who has pink hair and toenails says that “Pink isn’t just a color, but rather a culture.”

Williams was fine during October, which is breast cancer awareness month. All NFl teams brought awareness breast cancer by wearing pink, including the referees .

The N.F.L. hoped that throughout October they would not only bring awareness, but supporting it through game-worn memorabilia that would be actioned off that would have proceeds go towards cancer research.

“The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association, and the American Cancer Society are committed to saving lives from breast cancer and addressing the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities,” says their website.

“Our campaign, “A Crucial Catch,” in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of regular breast cancer screenings. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches, and referees wearing pink game apparel, as well as additional on-field and in-stadium branding — all to help raise awareness for this important campaign. Much of the apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins, will be auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates.”

If the NFL is so willing to bring awareness to breast cancer, why limit themselves to just October? However, the NFL said no to a petition by Williams that would allow him to wear pink all season, not just for one month. NFL vice President for football operations Troy Vincent told Williams directly that he was not allowed to wear pink any month besides October, even if it had sentimental value with his lost mother.

The fining of NFL players who hoped to bring awareness to important causes isn’t new. Williams teammate, cornerback William Gay was fined the by the NFL for wearing purple cleats. Gay was find the same amount as Williams, $5787.

Like Williams, Gay’s clothing had sentimental value and hit close to home. Gay’s mother was shot and killed by his stepfather when gay was only seven.

Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness.

If the NFL is going to be so hypocritical when it comes to breast cancer awareness or just cancer awareness by itself, but they only support and only want to bring awareness to cancer when they can sell jerseys with patches of breast cancer awareness.

It makes it hard to watch the football game nowadays not only because it’s blatantly boring and there are more commercials than action-packed plays, but because as being more dictatorship than an association.

That’s not the job of a commissioner. What the NFL isn’t doing by fining players expressing awareness and using their exposure from media the right way is not regulating in anyway shape or fame.

The NFL is not regulating football, but it seems like it’s dress coding players like Mrs. Johnson would for a girl wearing a skirt that’s too short.

This cancer awareness is not only for celebrities, but also football players at Manitou. During October players at Manitou showed their support by wearing pink socks and pink undershirts. But just like Gay and Williams expressed support for lost love ones, starting cornerback (11) Uriah Waters lost his father a couple years ago due to six types of cancer.

“My dad passed away from six different types of cancer and I wear pink to support them because it gives benefits to a cancer profit and I wear to support other people lost and fighting in memory of my dad.”

Imagine if the Athletic director John McGee punished Waters for wearing pink, it’d be absurd.

And some might argue that NFL players are paid millions upon millions like Williams who signed a whopping two-year contract worth 4 million dollars and 5,787$ might be pocket change. It still sends a message that the NFL is not okay with players spreading awareness, unless they can make money off it.

Just let him wear pink.