At the very least Ray Lews pleaded guilty to covering up a double murder, but after he took his plea deal to get out of jail, the NFL worked overtime to help him repair his image. It lets you know that if the NFL wants to, they can change any narrative they want depending what mood they are in.
They have chosen to parrot Donald Trump about the anthem issue even though any intelligent person knows it has nothing to do with the anthem, flag or military. If the NFL had just got behind what the players were kneeling and protesting about, this issue would have been taken care of years ago. Instead, they decided to blackball Kaepernick and threaten the players and made everything worse.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says NFL execs and players are pointing out the hypocrisy.
One question that some players have asked me: Why didn’t the league use its tremendous PR skills and ability to sway public opinion to defend players when their protests first started, namely Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid?
It’s something that’s been discussed privately by players and team officials alike for months. The belief is the league could have done a much better job explaining to fans exactly what the players were protesting and avoided a lot of this mess.
Such a thing has happened before, in fact, with Ray Lewis.
One league source put it this way in a note to me:
“The league did all it could to restore Ray Lewis to prominence. To rehabilitate his image. To put him back in a terrific light…after he PLEADED GUILTY TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN A MURDER CASE. I saw first hand how hard the league worked at this (featuring him in promotional spots, painting him in the most favorable light, etc.). I never understood it then, I don’t understand it now.
“But what I do understand is this: the glaring dichotomy of the league’s tremendous efforts to rehab someone who obstructed justice in a murder vs. the league’s treatment of Colin and Eric.”
Ray Lewis was one of the NFL most marketable players so it was good for business to get him back in the good graces with fans, whereas issues and racism and police brutality the NFL has never wanted to touch, so that is why they backed a criminal over some really good people just trying to make the world better.