Dez Bryant’s sideline rant wasn’t about him, but the media can’t resist the knee-jerk habit of seeing a black receiver complain about a problem in the game plan and accuse that person of being a ‘disruption’ because, as Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports had the never to write, “presumably because he wasn’t getting the ball enough.”
Let’s see. What Mr. Doyel wants to do is paint the tired, age-old racial profile of the black receiver as a person who says it’s all about him. Doyel does this because he doesn’t want to deal with the fact that, God forbid, he learns that Bryant has a technical issue with the game plan, the reads, and other details of football.
And why would Doyel do this? Because the CBS Sports National Columnist can’t put it together that a black receiver is actually a smart person who’s an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys game plan formation. In other words, Doyel’s attack was straight-up institutionally racist.
Yep. Institutionally racist. This is where we see a pattern of a certain skin color of person doing a particular thing, and so we assume that every person of a certain skin color does that same thing. Moreover, we don’t think beyond the assumption that the person is acting in accordance with our race-base assumptions.
It’s called racial-profiling folks.
So, cue Dez Bryant, black receiver complaining, and cue the white journalists who call him, drum-roll, please, a diva. The implication is that he’s someone who doesn’t know his place, who doesn’t dance, who should be, as Doyel suggests, and I can’t believe this crap, suspended from the NFL.
Give me a break.
Dez Bryant, as the blog The Landry Hat said, had every right to get mad. But it wasn’t about not getting the ball, the trouble is, the media, so steeped in racial profiling, doesn’t want to hear that, so when Tony Romo says “He’s never complained to me about getting the ball,” Mac Ingel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls him a liar, saying that Romo told what may be “one of the biggest lies tossed out Sunday.”
And in making such a statement, Mac Ingel proves that journalists can be anything but objective. A good journalist is supposed to go with what the source says, not call the source a liar. Nice job, Mac.
But, hey, the media just has to ride that racial profiling train as far as it will go. And yes, it’s white males who never played the game or put together a game plan doing it.
Have doubts? Look at the difference in views between Deion Sanders and Chad Ochocinco, both former NFL receivers and both black, and many of their white colleagues on the NFL Network and CBS Sports, respectively.
Sadly, the point of view varies with skin color, and starts with white media types racially profiling Dez Bryant.
Now, let’s get to the real problem that Dez was angry about.
“I’m passionate about this game, and I’m passionate about winning. My passion is always positive. People who have a problem with me are the people that don’t understand what is going on. The media and people who think I’m a problem — they don’t know what they are seeing,” said a totally correct Dez Bryant.
Bryant called the basis of his complaint “inside stuff” which is another way of making an assumption that the media and the public would not understand football technics. Or, perhaps Dez figured that the detailed talk would not get passed the media’s habit of racially profiling black receivers who complain.
They did that to Terrell Owens when he was playing with the Buffalo Bills. He and Andre Reed were having an animated discussion with a receivers coach about a defensive key that they both misread, but the media reported it as a T.O. rant.
The media can’t help itself in its rush to racially profile. It was the same with Randy Moss, and so much so, that when the New England Patriots got him in free agency, the media was shocked.
But Bill Belichick knew he got one of the smartest players in the NFL, and later said so (“Probably the smartest receiver I’ve ever coached“), and he went to Randy and sought his advice many times, particularly in the 2007 season, when the Pats almost ran the table, but lost to the New York Giants in an epic Super Bowl.
But that’s not something the media cares about, or at least those who seem to get off on racial profiling. And yes, there are black journalists who seem to think they have to follow the party line – sad. Sad. Sad.
Please. Knock it off.
Someone ask Dez about the “inside stuff.”