whiteathlete33 said:Don, do you still believe Bigunreal doesn't have a legit point? I rarely agree with him but this is an exception.
I believe Chad Johnson was the main promoter of the signing among Bengals players; Palmer was used as a tool byJohnson, Owens and his PR machine, and the media. And Mike Brown obviously wanted it too or it wouldn't have happened. So I would point to Brown and Marvin Lewis, and then well below that, Johnson and Palmer, asinfluencing factors. But even if Palmer was the instigator and main promoter, it's still focusing too much on effect and not cause, e.g., Palmer's behavior was predictable given the dynamics of the NFL, and to single him out (again) without knowing what he believes or what he thinks about the NFL and its racial policiesisn't something I agree with. Our fire should be aimed at the causes and enablers of the Caste System.
To me it matters little whether Palmer is throwing to Chad Johnson and Antonio Bryant, or Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens (or all three). All three of them are representative of what's wrong with the NFL. I think he's always been fair to his White teammates, and has shown about as much disgust as a White football player can regarding the thuggish makeup of his team without getting in trouble.There's absolutely nothing about him, going back to his days at USC and then with the Bengals, thatcrys out "wigger" to me. I think he's a class act.
Sure, I would have preferred that he hadn't lent his name to the latest T.O. circus, but it doesn't change my opinion of him. He's a tremendous talent and I'd like to see him have a nice comeback year after a couple of subpar, injury-marred seasons and put up huge numbers and further solidify the White hold on the extremely key position of quarterback.