The NFL during the 2022 offseason? It is admittedly about big trades (Davante Adams, Matt Ryan), big contracts for receivers (A.J. Brown, Adams, Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs and others), and big contracts for the stars (Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald) who helped the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl.
The NFL of the 2022 offseason is, in other words, much about what we’ve all come to expect of the most popular sports league in America.
But it’s also about some other things.
Things the league would have never touched a generation ago or perhaps even a few years ago. Things that enchant half the country and enrage the other half.
And, apparently not coincidently, the side always enchanted is the political left. And the side the league routinely enrages is the political right.
This isn’t an opinion. There can be no debate about this.
This is fact with today’s NFL.
And the league isn’t hiding from this in any way. It’s out in the open about what it supports. Just look at the NFL’s Twitter account.
The pinned tweet is promoting LGBTQ pride month. Except the NFL doesn’t just say it’s celebrating pride month. It says “we are proud to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community every day, not just in June.”
The NFL then outlines the number of inclusive marketing efforts it has undertaken under the auspices of its “Football is Gay” campaign.
The NFL says football is gay. Think about that.
Not football is football. And certainly not faith, family and football.
Football is gay.
Now we scroll down the NFL’s Twitter feed and we get some football. And then two days ago we see a tweet which says “The NFL family came through for the #pride parade in Los Angeles this weekend” with a subtweet that adds #NYCPride June 26, as in meet the NFL there in a few days.
And what’s the big deal, you may ask? After all it’s a parade during a month in which the lifestyle some people have lived since the dawn of time is celebrated, right?
Except that pride parade in Los Angeles included drag queens on floats and high heels, BDSM marchers, puppy play kinks, men in speedos twerking for the crowd as in a burlesque show, and other sexually provocative themes….