A handful of NFL players have come forward to say they’re not afraid of being physically attacked while participating in sports, and that they’re ready to “play” with a weapon if necessary.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, one player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Wednesday that he’s not afraid at all to fight and that he has no problem with physical violence, even if it is not an NFL weapon.
“You know, I’m not scared to play and I’m playing with a football.
I’ve been in a lot of fights.
I’m used to that,” Revis said.
“I’ve never been in trouble in my life.
I know I can fight.”
According to Schefter’s sources, Revis told the “Mike&Mike” hosts that he would not allow the NFL to force him to wear a helmet, which he had previously worn for some games, if he’s ever in trouble.
“If I get in trouble, then I’ll tell you I will fight,” Revis told Schefter.
“If the NFL tells me to wear the helmet, that’s fine with me.
But if they tell me to stop playing, I’ll fight them, too.”
The NFL is already under fire for allowing players to engage in concussions and other injuries while playing.
It’s the most controversial aspect of the game, but it’s also the most lucrative.
The league was recently fined $5.3 million by the federal government for allowing its players to continue playing after they have sustained a concussion.
The latest injury allegations come on the heels of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win over the Carolina Panthers, which also saw a number of players hit the locker room.
Former NFL safety Mike Mitchell, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Missouri, told the Washington Post that while it is true that some players may be afraid to engage with a police officer, the league is not required to take the risk of a physical confrontation with an officer.
“It is not a threat.
It is a statement of safety,” Mitchell said.”
What it’s really not saying is that they can’t do their jobs and play football if they’re afraid of the police, but what they are saying is they don’t want to do their job.”
He continued: “They’re saying to me, ‘I want to play because they want me to be safe.
I want to be able to do my job and play.'””
So when I see a player that’s scared, I say, ‘You know what?
Stop being scared of the cops.
We’re going to be alright,'” Mitchell added.
The NFL has a reputation for being overly aggressive with players, but Mitchell believes the league needs to start looking at safety more broadly.
“I’m just saying that the NFL needs to really look at safety and make a commitment to that safety,” he said.