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Earlier today, the NFL released a promotional video on both its YouTube and Instagram accounts:

According to the video, in order football is:

Gay Lesbian Beautiful Queer Life Exciting Culture Transgender Heart Power Tough Bisexual Strong Freedom American Accepting Everything For Everyone

Um … really?

Since Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay a few days ago, the NFL has bent over backwards applauding his actions. Statements by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Gushy op-eds on the NFL’s website. Great shows of donating to Nassib’s charity of choice. And on and on. Fine, NFL, whatever; you do you. But did you actually think about this video?

I suspect I’m rather like most football fans. I love the sport. I keep up on my two favorite teams during the off-season as well as during the regular season. I’ve shelled out the big bucks necessary to attend games in person. I’ve bought the t-shirt … and the hat, and the jersey, etc. I am a fan. Period. That said, I’d kind of like to simply watch and enjoy the game of football without being incessantly clobbered over the head with this week’s #1 secular hymn “How Woke I Art.”

I don’t care if someone is gay or not. Why should I? It doesn’t affect me in the least. You live your life, I live mine. Simple. Not so simple is the video. Where the NFL has not only shot itself in both feet, but taken time to reload and aim carefully, is in stereotyping and pigeonholing the very people it is trying to attract as fans.

No, football isn’t any of the things listed in the video. It is a game. That is all. It is a sport like every other sport in that the ball don’t care what color skin or sexual preference living underneath said skin is involved. All that matters is how well the occupant of the skin throws, catches, kicks, runs, blocks, or tackles. Again, that is all. The rest is chaff to be blown away by the wind. Football is

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