Yes, blame the NFL. Yes, blame us all. But I think the moment calls for us to consider some more fundamental cultural framing of sports. What I particularly want to focus on is how I think many white people in the US regard African American men in sport.
Forget the impressive ideals of global harmony. Ratings and revenues are the driver with minimum attention paid to celebrating diverse cultures or teaching the world about the world. No wonder there is so much unreported corruption on all sides. The World Cup does not belong to the world.
When players are no longer insured by the league and find themselves unable to afford private insurance for their enduring afflictions, taxpayers -- all of us -- will be the ones to pay, through Medicaid and Social Security disability.
I know of some baseball employees who can relate to that kind of bargain basement salary, and they're in San Francisco, too. Their situation is yet another flagrant example of the vast and widening gap created by income inequality in America.
Leave aside the iconic nature of the Boston Marathon, that it happens on a state holiday known as Patriots Day and is thus imbued with a sense of American-ness. There is just something "particularly devastating" about an attack on a marathon.
NFL player Ryan Moats experienced one of the uglier cases of driving while black -- his money and fame couldn't insulate him. A police dashboard video camera, however, shedded light on a practice all too common.