NFL’s Tony Dungy rejects claim that football is racist after Damar Hamlin collapse: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’

“Scientific American” was relentlessly dragged on social media after publishing a piece from a Duke University assistant professor titled “Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football.”

Twitter exploded in outrage as many accused the magazine of using the cardiac arrest of Christian NFL player Damar Hamlin to assert that “football’s violence disproportionately affects black men.”

The piece was written by an anthropology professor named Tracie Canada on Friday. She disingenuously charged, “The anti-blackness of the system is inescapable.”

“As a cultural anthropologist, I’ve spent the last decade learning how black college football players navigate the exploitation, racism, and anti-blackness that are fundamental to its current system,” Canada asserted.

The author would later go on to admit, “I am not aware of research that compares the rate of injury between black and white football players.”

Canada and “Scientific American” were ripped on Twitter over their specious claims.

Sportswriter and show host Jason Whitlock appropriately snarked, “The ‘terrifyingly ordinary’ stupidity of Twitter disproportionately affects the ‘Scientific’ American feed.”

Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy slammed the piece, “As a black man and former NFL player I can say this article is absolutely ridiculous.”

American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Christina Hoff Sommers roasted Scientific American’s editor-in-chief, “Another absurd & incoherent article in the once-serious Scientific American. What gives @SciAm @laurahelmuth?”

And she had more on “Scientific American” to share.

Former offensive lineman Cory Procter summed the article up nicely, “Pure trash.”

The demographics of football did not go unnoticed by those on Twitter either.

Outkick content creator Dan Zaksheske demanded, “Now do hockey, a sport where fighting on a giant ice cube is practically legal and very much encouraged, and has 93% white players who make a fraction of the money.”

“Let me assure you that there are white people lined up miles long to get into this league,” sports commentator T.J. Joe pointed out. “To the degree that it’s ‘disproportionately affecting black men’, it would only be because the black men earned the roster spot the white guys also wanted. This article is pure garbage.”

Former offensive tackle John Welbourn nailed the response to the piece, “I haven’t seen anyone troll the @TheBabylonBee this well.”

“If a *science* magazine publishes an opinion piece claiming that football injuries are racist, can you really ever take them seriously again? The ratio is well deserved,” school superintendent Joel Petlin noted.

“Scientific American” wasn’t alone in its race-baiting over the collapse of Hamlin. The Washington Post tweeted its own piece of garbage, “Opinion by Karen Attiah: ‘As long as the NFL delays making serious changes, players’ lives — especially Black players’ lives — will continue to be jeopardized.'”

The Spectator contributing editor Stephen L. Miller pointed out, “Scientific American beat them to this take by 45 minutes.”

The ratio over the piece was impressive:

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service

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