Armstrong and Getty is a popular morning drive-time radio show airing in six states – California, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona, and Washington State.
Today they reported that a source they called “Deep Route” was told by an offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders, that his unit lay down so that QB David Carr would take a beating.
Oakland tied for the least QB sacks per game last season with an average of 1.2. Yesterday Carr was sacked four times and was under heavy pressure all day long.
They also cited a number of pass drops that also seemed suspicious.
The Raiders lost after entering the game undefeated and 2.5-point favorites.
What makes this suspicious is that Carr was one of the few Raiders who stood at attention during the playing of the national anthem and the reported comments of a Raiders offensive guard who is reported to have said, “if Carr wants to stand alone he can stand alone on the field.”
Armstrong and Getty are quoted as saying:
“Our source, Deep Route, with deep knowledge, serious knowledge, first-person knowledge of the Oakland Raiders organization and football team, claims that the entirely African-American offensive line was angry at the white quarterback for not sitting with them during the national anthem and allowed him to be pummeled.”
Only the players on the offensive line know if they were partners in this shameless dereliction of their jobs that also would be a violation of federal law. Throwing an NFL game carries significant legal jeopardy along with federal imprisonment.
From experience, I have direct knowledge that this has happened in college and during the NFL’s pre-season but have only had suspicions during in-season games.
Former great NFL Commissioner Pete Rozell understood the importance of maintaining public confidence in the game. He employed a small army of former FBI agents to keep watch over the leagues players.
When it was discovered that superstars Paul Hornung and Alex Karras were gambling on NFL games they were banished from the league. When Joe Namath became involved in a Manhattan restaurant with people Rozell determined were wise guys who might exert influence over the Jets superstar quarterback Rozell forced him to sell his interest in the venture as a condition of remaining in the league.
There are literally billions of dollars bet on NFL games each week and the integrity of the outcome of games is essential to the leagues finances even though they don’t directly participate in that “cottage” industry.
All of that money keeps fans glued to their TV’s and that results in the advertising revenue that fuels the league’s massive profits.
Similarly, the incredible growth of fantasy football that the league has aligned itself with brings involved fans’ eyeballs to their televisions. All of this means the fans’ confidence is everything to the NFL.
That is why current Commissioner Roger Goodell must be questioned for his intransigence in refusing to enforce the section of the standard NFL contract that demands and that he had inserted in 2009 as a favor to Barack Obama:
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
Instead, he allowed the Raiders’ totally predictable actions – not that it would be the Raiders but that some of his overwhelmingly emotional and ignorant flock would eventually resort to this – to take place.
The fact that it is the Raiders raises some interesting questions. What is these players’ involvement with BAMN – By Any Means Necessary – a social justice group that is centered around the campus of nearby Berkeley?
BAMN – the names tells it all. Members of BAMN have organized violent attacks against groups they want to silence. Now it appears that the players on the offensive line of the Oakland Raiders are doing exactly the same thing.