The world (sports) has held its breath since then Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field above Monday Night Football in the game Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. And while millions were involved in this terrifying and unfortunate incident, Garrett Bush from Cleveland’s Last Sports Show who spoke out loud the silence.
This is bigger than a sports story. It’s a story about human rights — and about labor.
“You know what the NFL will tell you? Well, you know what, ‘we’ll be looking for people like him.’ No, you won’t… Bills owner Terry Pegula [is] worth $6.7 billion. My question to you is, ‘NFL, when are the paychecks guaranteed, if you know these young men are going to go out there and they could die on that football field,'” Bush asked in a recent episode. of the program.
“I don’t care about your thoughts and prayers. Do the right thing,” he continued. “I will be damned if I sit on it and comfort Roger Goodell on his back for running this organization the way he does. They run it like a criminal organization. Sick of it. I’m tired of that.”
In his monologue, Bush – a former Ohio University player – mentions that Hamlin hasn’t played long enough to receive a pension, how the payment for disability policy has been lowered, regarding How the union denied former players benefits, how much CTE settlement remains unpaid and how pension payments have been lowered.
A quick Google search will update you with a lot of information that Bush talked about, as many of these are out of reach or people overlook them because they are too focused on betting on games. or fantasy football squad. As we learned that Hamlin woke up, held hands with family members and Facetimed his groupit should serve as a reminder that players’ unions should draw lines when it’s time to work out their next collective bargaining agreement – provided they have a long history of problems in presenting a unified strategy.
If anything is going to change, it will be the players forcing the league to follow suit. The NFL has proven over the decades that they stand their ground on this. And if you need another example of what that looks like, remember that the league’s executive vice president of football operations – Troy Vincent – is here. double rejection that the league gave the Bengals and Bills five minutes to warm up before they resumed Monday’s game, instead of focusing on the things Bush mentioned.
“I just want to be clear,” Vincent said earlier this week. “The suggestion alone is inappropriate, it lacks sensitivity and frankly it lacks both empathy and compassion for the plight of Damar, who is still fighting for his life for to this day. It’s incomplete, and it’s insensitive to think we’re even thinking about getting back into the game.
“The only thing that matters to me, the team here, the people in the stadium and the coaches is the health and wellness of Damar and getting those coaches back in the dressing room so they can Look those players in the eye and see who they are. to be. They were hurt, there was a lot of pain. And talk to the commissioner [Roger Goodell] and communicating with people, that’s very important… we couldn’t play.”
Essentially, ESPN is calling Vincent and the NFL’s liars, for the fact that they’re standing that Joe Buck reported what the league forwarded to the network.
This is the game the NFL plays. They want you to focus on one he said / he said between them and a network instead of paying attention to the fact that Garrett Bush had identified the smoking gun.