Cheating, stealing and lying to make a profit is as American as apple pie and so is misogyny, xenophobia, Islamaphobia and racism. That is “The American Way.” So it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Machivellians (the ends justify the means) leading the New England Patriots, one of the most successful professional football teams are Donald Trump supporters.
The Patriot organization has been caught cheating on more than one occasion. There was “Spygate” when Bellichick was caught filming other teams signals. The team had apparently been doing it for some time before they actually got caught in 2007. Marshall Faulk and a few Rams still swear that the Patriots filmed their walk through before the 2002 Super Bowl.
And the more recent Deflategate” in which the league concluded that Brady’s footballs were inflated before a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts a few years ago.
Even the league has given them more than a benefit of a doubt, starting with the need to have a team called the Patriots in the Super Bowl after 9/11 2001, by finding a way to make a fumble, not a fumble in the infamous “Snowjob” 2001 AFC championship game.
And yes the fix is in.
The NFL has admitted as much in court. It was established during the “Spygate” lawsuit brought by a NY Jet fan that the NFL is an “Entertainment entity” not a sports one. It is illegal to fix a sporting event for gambling purposes. But it was determined that one can fix a sporting event for entertainment purposes.
On the other hand, the Patriot organization is more honest than others, it is at bottom a business. It really does not care about the laborers. When a player’s usefulness is expended, out he goes. Their star linebacker was apparently not living up to Bill Belichick’s standard so he cut him mid -season and sent him to the worse team in the league.
However Tom Brady is a spineless, dishonest, coward, guilty of throwing rocks and hiding his hands.
Those footballs didn’t just deflate themselves and he knew about it. He made a “political” choice not to visit the Obama White House.That “Make America Great Again” cap didn’t put itself in his locker. But now he claims his “right to stay out of it,”his right to not have to explain himself. But he does have some explaining to do. It’s fair to expect more decency from the laborer than the bosses. His audience his fan base is not just White men. White women buy tickets to NFL games and so do Black people, Muslims and immigrants.
Brady said in an interview this week “There’s things I don’t believe [in], absolutely….there’s a lot of things,…Not to denounce anything, it’s just that there’s different things that I feel like, you know … I don’t agree with everything. That’s fine, right?”
Hell no, that’s not fine! If he is opposed to racism he needs to say so! If he is opposed to sexism he should say so! If he thinks immigrants and Muslims should be treated fairly, justly and as human beings he should say so!
No doubt Brady, like other White players has probably been taken aback by the response of some teammates to their Trump support, even those they consider friends.
To befriend a Black person and other folks who face discrimination in the US, means you befriend more than a person, but the right of that person and all that look like them “to be.” Some Whites pretend that that person is simply an individual and that’s all there is ‘I can commit to them, but not their struggle.’ Not in an honest relationship!
As Patriot fans will tell you, they just want to root for their team. The kind of people that run the team isn’t really important and the measures they take to achieve success doesn’t concern them. In fact they don’t want to know, because if they know they will be confronted with choices, moral choices, which Americans hate like sin.
We just want our side to win. It’s why Patriot fans try to defend the indefensible.
Notice their anger when confronted with the misdeeds of their team. ‘Other teams do it,’ they say, or they claim their wrong doing has been greatly exaggerated, or they accuse critics of being, haters, envious or whiners. But they don’t allow themselves or their children to ask the hard questions: Why do they need to cheat? Is cheating only okay when your side does it? How should human beings be treated, even football players?
No doubt we are all similarly guilty! We enjoy the spoils of US Imperialism and we don’t care what has to be done to continue to enjoy our lifestyle. Some will watch the Super Bowl in luxury and never bother to think, let alone ask, How did we get so lucky?
Workers suffer in Third World hell holes for our lifestyle. Sweatshops in Indonesia, China and Vietnam produce our clothes for cheap. Tantalum mined in Brazil, Thailand and Maylasia coupled with coltan mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo make all of our electronic devices possible, including cell phones and laptops. Lithium (batteries) is mined in South America. It doesn’t cross most of our minds that these people deserve a prosperous life as well.
Winning at all costs actually comes with a price!
justice then peace