Your All Too Serious Football News: Buddy Ryan Has Cancer, Leonard Weaver Says NFL Players Are Treated Like Slaves

According to the NY Daily News, Buddy Ryan has cancer. Again.

Rex Ryan told the paper about his father's cancer, but wouldn't say what type of cancer it was. He did, however, say that it wasn't melanoma, which Ryan has had twice before: [NY Daily News]

"He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than shit," Ryan said of his father, who actually turned 77 last month. "He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."


Get well soon, Buddy.

Now… on to the ridiculous.

Leonard Weaver joined Adrian Peterson in saying that NFL players are treated like slaves: [Philly Sports Daily]

“We need to see some equal opportunity here, and stop treating us – as Adrian Peterson said – like slaves,” said Weaver.


Oh boy. Now we're back to this weird dynamic where white writers opine about black athletes who said something racist about their own race. Weaver took to Twitter – as only Weaver could – to apologize for his statements:

On my way to therapy, listening to some music getting ready for the day.

Tidy is gonna be a tough one…..working on both calf and knee, with a combination of lifting. I'm about to get my bigman on.

Hey everyone I'm here in therapy an I have seen the recording of the interview…. And I will have to say that I'm very disappointed in the whole interview an the comments I made. I first want to apologizes for the bad choice ode words, and using the word slavery. Now, that I have seen it, I will say that it was hard for me to watch and after thinking about it, I've come to the conclusion that…..I represented my family, friends and organization the wrong way. I'm sorry for those words I used and if I offend anyone, please forgive me. To all my fans whom I've disappointed I'm sorry.

I came off the wrong way, but I want to explain myself. And I will….


I think, as humans, we can all survive without beating this dead horse. Weav had a bad choice of words and apologized for it. There are worse and more off-base analogies to use (meaning: we get the sentiment), but the problem is that relating anything to slavery will undoubtedly cause Al Sharpton to flinch- wherever he may be.

Let's move on.

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8 Responses

  1. *You’re. Seriously, dude? Don’t you know grammar.And you want to be a real sportswriter someday?

  2. …actually, Derp, if you could read, you’d know that “your” is correct there. good job, clown.
    anyway, if weaver really feels that way, maybe the eagles shut cut him, aka emancipate him. does this constitute a black on black crime? anyone have sam mcnabb’s number so we can check for verification?
    but in all seriousness, the more the players talk, the more they turn the public against them. i feel like the public was initially supportive of the players in that the owners locked the players out and the owners seemed to be strongarming their position through negotiations rather than actually negotiating (until they lost the lockout insurance case and lost their leverage) and now that the players aren’t busy and aren’t getting paid they’re running their mouths and saying stupid shit that alienates them from regular people. you’re not slaves, you make hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars a year to play 16 games. players generally do a lot of charity work and many seem genuinely interested in interacting with their fans, but the owners aren’t treating them like slaves, even if they ARE treating them like children. people who fought and died for civil rights and the end of slavery would be cringing right now.

  3. For Leonard Weaver to have opened his mouth and stuck his foot in it like he did, cleat and all was absymally stupid. As a black man, I was seriously offended by his comment, comparing a damn game with the horrors of slavery, and given that he earned three million dollars last season for his “servitude”, one game’s worth of servitude by the way, that angered me no end. Bewteen Weaver and Adrian Peterson who kicked off the asinine slavery talk, the players should just gag themselves before they lose even more support from the public.

  4. You’re an ass, derp. Number one, the spelling was correct. Number two, how is it that a person who’s full time job is writing their own sports blog and who sometimes writes for CBS or USA Today is not a real sportswriter? And while we’re picking on grammar, your sentence, “Don’t you know grammar.” should have ended with a question mark and there should have been a space between said question mark and the next sentence. Ass.

  5. D-DUMB
    Leonard Weaver is a very likable guy and I was disappointed with his words. That being said his apology reminded me of why he’s such a likable athlete. Alot of athletes are DUMB like Derp up there. They’ll make a mistake (like Derp) and not admit or apologize for opening their mouth (or in Derps case for even waking up today to be retarded). I really believed Weaver heard his words and realized they were dumb (like Derp and Derp’s words). Weaver realized, “hey I got paid 3 million dollars last year to sit on the bench and be injured. I ain’t no slave.”
    So I shall give Weaver a pass on this one… but Derp… He is a fickle beast who I shall not forgive but shall give advice:
    If you don’t like a writer then don’t read his blog.

  6. Yeah OK Leonard Weaver. There isnt a person in the world that wouldn’t LOVE to have your job. Some slave you are making more money than 99.9% of the world’s population. What a diva

  7. Rex: Keep rounding up your daddy’s age and he’s gonna disown you.
    Flash: Great comment.
    Maybe Weaver should just hire a person to do his tweets. Although, except for remarks like his, why would anybody care to read what any pro athelete or celeb has to say.
    It used to be diarrhea of the mind became diarrhea of the mouth, which was easy to forget. Now it’s diarrhea of the mind becomes diarrhea of the twits, which lingers longer than it should in cyberspaces.

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