(By Baxie) As most of you know, there is no injustice in the world that cannot be completely resolved by patching it all up with a new million dollars. I know that most of my personal struggles with society would be fixed if somebody were to write me a big giant check. And just in case anyone is considering such an act, I would like to point out that the correct spelling of my last name is BAXENDALE. The first name is Michael.
Last night the NFL and a group of nearly 40 players known as the Players Coalition announced that they would be dedicating a reported $89 million over the next seven years towards a series of causes aimed at addressing social justice. $89 million dollars. That should certainly fix everything. Not only with that $89 million eliminate racism it should also eliminate police brutality and the need to take a knee during the national anthem (although the money isn’t contingent on players doing so.) This $89 million is even more money than the NFL spent to eradicate breast cancer several years ago when they allowed players to wear pink accessories with their uniforms. I’m no medical doctor, but I’m pretty sure that lives were saved because of those pink gloves and cleats. And I think that should a comfort to all of us.
Meanwhile, at least two players have quit the Players Coalition after yesterday’s announcement. Eric Reid of the 49ers and Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins left the group citing that by accepting this $89 million payout, the Coalition no longer represents their best interests. Specifically, they believe that the coalition misses the whole point of why they were protesting in the first place. Oh well, once all that money has been spread around over the next seven years—Social injustice will be a thing of the past…just like breast cancer and all the other causes that the NFL has thrown money at over the years. On the other hand, if you’re a player who got in on that class action lawsuit against the NFL for CTE’s and concussions—your check is still in the mail.