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Petition Calls for NFL Running Back to Be Sacked After Gay Slurs...

So, a few weeks ago there was a question in here about a store front sign with a racial slur on it and many were pointing out that he had the free speech right to say that....but the flip side was that OTHERS had the free speech to not frequent his establishment, but the general consensus was that he should not be "shut down" by any entity but left to survive if people chose to go.....

Fast forward to THIS. What he SAID isnt the issue....awful tho it is. Free speech is free speech is free speeech. Now if this teams sales/attendence/ect declines or his performance is affected by the the stress........Do you think he should be fired because his views upset a group of people?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,572147,00.html?test=latestnews

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momof030404

Asked by momof030404 at 12:58 AM on Nov. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes. His words are slurs. No matter what it did offend and could possible ruin someone elses' way of life. His words isolates, and emotionally abuse the person that they were directed at. No matter what its wrong. Freedom of speech does not mean free to abuse.

    sugahmamma

    Answer by sugahmamma at 1:05 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Ok...that makes sense.....what if they weren't "slurs" but just a general opinion that he had? What if he had simply pointed out that be didn't believe that being gay was ok? I have no idea what he said exactly because the article doesn't say.

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:08 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • If he made the statement in an open conversation then there is nothing wrong with that. But if he spoke in attempt to intentionally make that person feel any less worthy b/c of who they are, then he was definitely wrong. It would definitely qualify as a slur. And that is not the kind of message that the NFL (or adults period) want to send to the younger generation.

    sugahmamma

    Answer by sugahmamma at 1:15 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Where do you draw the line though?

    I was called a racist cun! by another mom on here because I disagreed with something Obama did. What if I was offended, should the mom be banned? I have also been called some ugly things because I am Christian and conservative. Should the offending person be fired or kicked out of the club/forum?

    I am not excusing this type of behavior, but we need to put it in its proper place. It is tacky, low class and unthoughtful. We just have to be careful about the action we take or it can spread to things that others consider offensive.

    In this case, I think NFL fans will make the decision with whether or not they continue to support the team. Judging from the rampant misbehavior that goes on anyway I would guess they will forget as soon as the next scandal comes along.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:16 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Ya'll want to know the CRAZY thing...THIS is from the article


    Since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2003, Johnson has been arrested four times for various degrees of battery, including one incident in which the Maryland native pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace after allegedly spitting in the face of a woman at a Kansas City nightclub.


    Johnson later received two years' probation and was ordered to attend a domestic violence diversion program for an earlier arrest. In 2007, Johnson signed a five-year contract extension that could be worth up to $45 million, including $19 million guaranteed.


    and THIS behavior is what gets people really angry??? That kinda drives me nuts too!

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:22 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • When did anyone have the right to put limits on what someone says? Him saying what he did gives his fans and fans of the team the right to disagree and to boycott the games etc. If that causes him to quit so be it. BUT it gives no one the right to FIRE him for his personal view. Same with the store own he can put what ever he wants on HIS sign as long as it is not promoting violence (i.e. have you kicked your local pet lover today?) It gives his costumers the right to boycott his store if that causes him to go out of business so be it but it gives NO ONE the right to take away his business license and evict him from his store.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 2:43 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • momo...
    see THAT behavior should be what gets him fired! Physically abusing a person is A LOT worse than giving an opinion on a "political / religious" view.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 2:45 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • yourspecial..
    You have some serious issues. Not all about in life is about YOU!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:48 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Get over it. I'm so tired of grown people not being able to take a little name calling. Gays call people names all the time and no one wants them "sacked". We live in the US of the Whining.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:47 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • We have free speech. If the team wants to can him over it that is their choice but if they don't people can choose to not see that team or guy play. There are violent criminals playing sports. Kobe Bryant is a rapist people cheer him on. Michael Vick is an animal torturer and had rape stands for the female dogs he is a sick bastard yet he plays and people cheer him on. Sorry it is ridiculous to think this guy is worse than Kobe or Vick.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:10 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

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