The Lions Game and the Ferguson Mess

So, the NFL and sports in general have obviously taken a back seat with almost all the media attention focused on Ferguson, Missouri and the Grand Jury’s decision in the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case.

Everyone has an opinion on the Grand Jury’s finding no probable cause for charges against Wilson, but here’s where I stand.

Jesse Jackson visits as protests continue

Firstly, the members of this Grand Jury were the only ones who examined, and re-examined, and re-examined, and re-examined, and re-examined, and re-examined, and re-examined EVERY single piece of evidence in this case.  The people on the streets of Ferguson did not.  The people on Fox News did not.  I did not.  You did not.

Secondly, police officers are not murderers.  I commend the job they do day in and day out.  Unfortunately, this tragic accident has birthed a stereotype for all police officials and I think that is a little unfair.  Sure there are times when I’m angry with the police and I’m sure there are times when you are too, but if someone breaks into my house, officers will be there to defend me, my family, and my property.

I’m not going to tell you what to do, but I can’t burn the candle at both ends when it comes to judging the police.

Lastly, and most importantly, I’m saddened for his family and for the city of Ferguson.  Those parents, regardless of what may or may not have occurred on August 9th, lost their son.  It is undoubtedly a truly awful feeling.  In a greater sense the city of Ferguson will struggle with this for a long, long time.  They’ve been put on the national map for a truly horrific reason that will never be erased.

Now, how am I supposed to delve into the Lions-Pats game after that?  I can’t and I won’t.

I’m taking the Packers over the Patriots next week.  Pats gotta lose one more before the playoffs.  28-23 Green Bay.


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