Using Figures Of Speech Like, “The Inmates Are Running The Asylum” Hurt The Feelings Of Millionaire Athletes
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Listening to sports talk radio today the only thing on the agenda was a comment from Texans owner Bob McNair at a meeting with players earlier this week in regards to the National Anthem controversy.
Bleacher Report: In response to a remark from owner Bob McNair, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins reportedly skipped the team’s practice Friday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hopkins’ absence was directly related to McNair’s comment, but he wasn’t the only one who wanted to get away from the team Friday. Per ESPN.com’s Sarah Barshop (via Schefter), Texans players had to be “persuaded” to stay at practice.
ESPN The Magazine’s Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. reported during last week’s meeting between owners, team executives and Commissioner Roger Goodell that McNair said the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison” regarding protests during the national anthem. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown said players will reconvene at some point to determine what they want to do after deciding to practice Friday.
If you hear someone say, “the inmates are running the prison,” and don’t immediately assume that the person saying it slipped up in an attempt to use the common figure of speech, “the inmates are running the asylum,” then you might just be a race baiting idiot looking for something to be outraged about.
It’s just mind boggling that this could possibly be considered controversial. But it is. Check out all the faux triggered outrage:
A quote that will make you cringe from Texans owners Bob McNair, re: anthem protests: “We can't have the inmates running the prison.”
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 27, 2017
Bob McNair’s comments are painfully revealing. I hope the players respond. If united, THEY hold the power.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 27, 2017
Texans owner Bob McNair knew EXACTLY what he was saying. & he wasn't just talking about Blk NFL players. White supremacy is a global prison
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 27, 2017
Inmates running the asylum of course means that those who are not in charge have effectively taken charge. In the context of the NFL Bob McNair was obviously referring to the fact that the players who are kneeling seem to think they make the rules. They don’t. The owners make the rules. And when your political actions on the job piss off the customers who are paying your salary, the owner has every right to tell you to stop. But they haven’t, thus the “inmates are running the prison” comment.
According to Draymond Green though, “figures of speech are not OK in 2017.” I’m not even kidding, he actually said that:
Draymond Green on how Roger Goodell should respond to Texans owner Bob McNair calling protestors "inmates" pic.twitter.com/9ETjerC2Fz
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 27, 2017
You’re not even allowed to use a figure of speech because the PC police said so. They’re in charge, not you. Fuck your freedom.
Hey Draymond, ya know what else you can’t do in 2017? Kick people in the nuts. And I don’t mean that as a figure of speech. You literally can’t stop kicking people in the nuts.
If you wanna see just how hypocritical these frauds are go on Twitter and search for “inmates running asylum Trump.” Then watch what comes up:
Ex-Breitbart Alt-Nazi promoter Steve Bannon is author of Trump's executive orders….An inmate is running the asylum https://t.co/I1D2Zcj0pC
— Democratic Lifer (@DemocraticLifer) January 29, 2017
The sickest inmate is running the asylum. Trump is narcissistic sociopath that cares NOTHING for America. He is the enemy of the people. pic.twitter.com/rG6k8xxsyR
— NastyNanci Resists #NotMyPresident #TheResistance (@NanciAma) March 11, 2017
Donald Trump is running your party.
An inmate is already running the asylum. https://t.co/jMqOzROFFP
— Emmanuel Perez (@emanperez14) October 24, 2017
Oh I see. So it’s only a figure of speech when you’re referring to Donald Trump? Or is it all white people in general? I was unaware that figures of speech cannot be used when referring to any person of color. I must’ve missed that day of social justice warrior training.
Look, I’m on record for saying that I don’t really give a shit about the kneeling. But at the same time I want them to lose. I want nothing more than for the owners to crush them because they don’t understand that as contracted employees they don’t have a right to force their politics on the customers. When I got McDonald’s I don’t want a lecture from Grimace about abortion. When I go to Gillette Stadium I wanna watch football. I’m not interested in anything you have to say about politics if you are wearing a Patriots uniform. I’m paying $250 to watch you beat the shit out of each other before you go back to your mansion in Medfield. Bob McNair is right – the inmates are running the asylum, and the wardens need to lay the smack down and remind them that they are not equal partners in this industry.