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ESPN pregame analyst Anthony Darelle “Booger” McFarland, a former NFL defensive tackle who has no qualms about telling it like it is, refuses to back down from a stern but fair lecture he delivered Monday about the league’s black players.
A black man himself, McFarland said in his original remarks that the fate of Dwayne Haskins — who was reportedly cut from the Washington Football Team (formerly known as the Washington Redskins) because of poor performance and COVID violations — is endemic of many players, particularly black ones, in the league.
“Oftentimes, young players — especially young African American players, because they make up 70 percent of this league — they come into this league and they ask themselves the wrong thing,” McFarland’s lecture began.
“They come into the league saying not how can I be a better player. They don’t say how can I be a better teammate. They don’t say how can I be better a better person, how can I get my organization over the hump.”
Instead they enter the NFL looking to help themselves, not their employer. To be fair, this is typical of many college grads, ergo the common advice to the youth to focus a cover letter not on themselves but on how they intend to provide value to the company.
“Here’s what they come in saying: They come in saying how can I build my brand better? How can I build my social media following better?” McFarland noted.
“How can I work out on Instagram and show everybody that I’m ready to go, but when I get to the game, I don’t perform. Dwayne Haskins unfortunately is not the first case that I’ve seen like this, and it won’t be the last.”
Listen to the whole lecture from the 1:03 mark below:
He continued by noting that, as far as the NFL is concerned, this problem is particularly prevalent among the league’s black players.
“It bothers me because a lot of it is the young African American player. They come in, and they don’t take this as a business. It is still a game to them. This ain’t football, man. This is a billion dollar business,” he explained.
“They pay us a lot of money to talk about the game, so imagine what they pay these guys to play the game. They play a child’s game and get paid a king’s ransom.”
Yet they treat their work with a lack of seriousness (not to mention a level of entitlement) that would never be tolerated at a regular job.
For instance, recall the anthem protests that a majority of the NFL’s viewers and fans (i.e., the league’s customers) disliked:
Unthankful: NFL player continues disrespectful National Anthem protest, even during Thanksgiving Day games https://t.co/WNS97gYMYI pic.twitter.com/2w7yU6zO5A
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 25, 2017
As another example, McFarland then cited the case of JaMarcus Russell, a former NFL quarterback whose career lasted only two years because of his poor work ethic.
“I saw JaMarcus Russell do it. The number one pick in the draft, they gave him 40 million dollars, and he threw it down the damn dream because he didn’t take it seriously, and it bothers me because … it’s not a lot of jobs like that around, but it will pay you millions of dollars for virtually six months of performance,” McFarland said.
They’re especially “not a lot of jobs like that around” these days, when millions of Americans remain out of work thanks to the draconian coronavirus lockdown restrictions of their hypocritical Democrat governors.
“So my message to Dwayne Haskins — not just him, but the rest of the young players in the NFL — man this is a game, but take it as a business. There are billions with a b of dollars at stake,” McFarland continued.
He concluded his lecture by zeroing in specifically on the NFL’s black players.
“It’s not just young black players, but this league is made up of majority black players, and so you see a lot of young players who come into wealth, who come into fame, they want everything that the NFL can give them, but they don’t want to give the NFL nothing,” he said.
Despite McFarland being a black man himself, his lecture triggered rage among left-wing racial grievance mongers who think that even the slightest criticism of black people is tantamount to full-fledged white supremacy.
And predictably, both Fox News and President Donald Trump came up, despite both having nothing whatsoever to do with McFarland’s remarks.
Look (*Language warning):
Booger on ESPN auditioning for Fox.
— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) December 29, 2020
These guys demand so much from 22 year old black athletes, and expect absolute perfection in performance and behavior, but give Trump pass after pass no matter how disgusting, repugnant, and immature he acts. Sick of it
— DanteG (@DanteGoody85) December 29, 2020
Booger McFarland abused his platform and acted like Black MAGA
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) December 30, 2020
I get where Booger’s comments come from. White supremacy is so real, it makes us think he worse of ourselves and our humanity. A lot of Black people think like Booker, if we wanna see it a buck. They are wrong, but we all know a Negro like Booger.
— Terrell Jermaine Starr (@Russian_Starr) December 29, 2020
booger mcfarland is a coon
— DJ L Beats (@ThaKidDJL) December 30, 2020
Booger is like the ultimate uncle tom name
— Joseph R. Rhodes (@JosephRRhodes87) December 30, 2020
It’s always the same formula, isn’t it? Amazingly though, McFarland did receive support from one extremely unexpected source, anti-Trump zealot Tom Arnold.
I’ve known Booger a long time (Best Damn Sorts Show) His words play the same for guys coming up in my business. I wish someone pulled me aside 30 years ago & gave me that speech. If I’d listened (50/50) I’d be a rich man today. Booger was talking to his boys but we heard it too❤️
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 30, 2020
As for McFarland, he made it clear in a tweet posted Tuesday that he wholeheartedly stands behind what he originally said.
My message was to all players which I said but specifically to the part of the NFL that’s makes up almost 70% the AA players. And of course I’m not speaking to ALL but in my 20+ years around the NFL I’ve seen to many cases. I stand by what I said whether u agree or disagree pic.twitter.com/6buvIc7Tje
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 29, 2020
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