Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason


He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LT: Gun Control Advocates: video


A new Public Service Announcements stars many NFL Hall-Of-Famers including Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin coming out against illegal guns. It also stars future Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson

It’s part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement started by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino. My hometown of Chicago may be the city hit worst by illegal gun violence. There are no gun shops/ranges in the city and the state of Illinois is the only state left that criminalizes carrying a concealed weapon. Yet here we are, with the media covering shootings in Chicago like it’s the Al Capone days. The flood of illegal guns from other states filters in and 2013 is on pace to be a much worse year than 2012 when in comes to firearm homicides.

Damn right gun control is a serious subject. As it should be; good to see some NFL players speaking up for it.

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