So to make this interesting (and easy for me)... I'll just respond to this article by just inserting my commentary, so it's like you get to read my mind while I read the news. Sounds fun, right? Here goes...
NEW YORK (AP)—The NFL is stepping up its monitoring of on-field player activities to ensure that no one is flashing the hand signals of street gangs.
Are you serious? Gang signs to whom?
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the league had hired experts What? to look at game tapes and identify players or team officials who might be using suspected gang signals. Violators would be warned and disciplined if the episodes recurred.
League officials said Tuesday that avoiding gang-related activities has long been stressed. Apparently not enough...
They said the scrutiny was intensified after the shooting death of Denver cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007 after Williams was involved in a dispute with known gang members. Anti-gang information is included in orientation literature and stressed in the annual mandatory league meeting for rookies. In the same way scholastic aptitude is stressed when these players are in college or more like "Here's millions of dollars, new young athlete. Let me show how to invest and live off this money properly so when your career is over in the next decade or so you're not living in your mom's basement." is stressed in orientation?
The NFL took further notice after Paul Pierce of the NBA’s Boston Celtics was fined $25,000 in April for what the league said was a “menacing gesture” toward the Atlanta Hawks’ bench. “I 100 percent do not in any way promote gang violence or anything close to it.” Pierce said in a statement. “I am sorry if it was misinterpreted that way at Saturday’s game.” Clearly a misinterpretation. I wish Paul Pierce would be in a gang, and I wish in that scenario I was his wife, so I could make his life the living hell he would be apparently hoping for.
The Times said that was the precipitating incident for the NFL.
“We were always suspicious that might be happening,” WTF? it quoted Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, as saying of gang-related signals. “But the Paul Pierce thing is what brought it to light. When he was fined … that’s when we said we need to take a look at it and see if we need to be aware of it.” Oh to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting!
Most senior NFL officials were at a league outing Tuesday and could not immediately be reached for comment.
These people make too much money for this bullshit. For real. Between the steroids and tragically dangerous off-field/court behavior, I am just about falling out of love with supporting professional sports. It's so hard. Really. And it's not necessarily the athletes... sometimes it's the entire system. It just makes me think too much about what's really going on to enjoy the damn game!
Gang signs in the NFL? C'mon guys...