The National Football League, AKA the No Fun League, is reportedly set to fine a number of players that were involved in a made-for-tv arm wrestling tournament in Las Vegas last week. There were reportedly more than 30 players at the event, including names like Navorro Bowman, Maurkice Pouncey, Marquette King, Kenny Stills, and Patrick Chung, with Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison and newly retired Marshawn Lynch acting as the coaches. The event is scheduled to be broadcasted on CBS sometime in late May, leading into the championship round being shown in early June.
Another example of the higher-ups of the NFL going out of their way to further create negative relationships with its players and prevent interest and fanfare that comes from “unconventional” platforms. With one of the worst watched seasons in recent memory, increased public knowledge of the league’s concussion problems, and perhaps the worst public relationship between the players and the league’s governing body, mainly commissioner Roger Goodell, you would think that the NFL would be all for having its players endorse themselves, and subsequently the league, in a seemingly harmless event. Or you wouldn’t, because the NFL is RIDICULOUS regarding things like this.
(BTW, I can’t imagine anyone on Planet Earth beating James Harrison in an arm wrestling match, good lord.)