Some interesting thoughts from Shannon Sharpe of CBS as reported by Peter King on the Miami Dolphin’s locker room.
I donâ€™t understand how African-American players look on passively or encouragingly while a white player calls a fellow African-American a â€œhalf-nâ€”â€“.â€ Neither, apparently, does Shannon Sharpe, who is black and who said this on The NFL Today Sunday: â€œThe Miami Dolphins locker room probably consists of 75 to 80 percent blacks. If you allow Richie Incognito to walk around in an open locker room and to use a racial epithet that most black Americans, all black Americans, know the â€¦ hate and the vitriol that comes with that word, you are encouraging him to do that. I read, and I donâ€™t know, this is alleged, that some black players said Richie Incognito was an honorary black. There is no such thing. This tells me everything I need to know about the Miami Dolphinsâ€™ locker room.
â€œMaybe itâ€™s me. Just ask your parents. Ask your grandparents. The mountain that they climbed so a black person in America could have respect, could have dignity, and you allow this in an open locker room to take place is unacceptable. Iâ€™m so disappointed â€¦ Because if youâ€™re black, you know what that word means.â€ Brilliant, and high time a high-profile football player called out idiots who think itâ€™s okay to use hugely hurtful words in jest. Football players will read this and say they were just kidding around. You donâ€™t kid around with the n-word, and if it takes an NFL investigation to stop it, good for the NFL investigation.
There are some serious issues in Miami and I am starting to think that both the GM and the coaching staff need to be let go and just clean house.