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Whitlock: Chris Rock is more manly than NFL Victim Olympians Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, Warren Moon, and Ryan Clark

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Halloween. That’s the over-under day when a current and/or former NFL player will publicly nominate Deshaun Watson for the Victimhood Hall of Fame.

Bet the under. There are rumors that ESPN broadcaster Ryan Clark is already working on Watson’s nomination speech. Insiders believe Clark could deliver the speech today now that an arbitrator hit Watson with a six-game suspension for "Rub and Tug-gate." In a 17-month span, Watson met with 66 different massage therapists. An astonishing 36% of those therapists accused Watson of sexual misconduct.

It’s difficult to see how Watson could be cast as the victim. Twenty-four women tell a similar story of Watson asking for a massage and demanding a happy ending. But reporters who regularly cover the Victimhood Olympics say Clark is one of many victimhood competitors and former players willing to use Ben Roethlisberger’s 2010 suspension as justification for turning Watson into a victim.

In separate incidents a year apart, two women accused the then-Pittsburgh quarterback of sexual assault. The NFL suspended Roethlisberger for six games before reducing it to four. Big Ben is white. Watson is black.

At least 15 of Watson’s accusers are black. Another three are Hispanic. However, all of Watson’s accusers are motivated by "white supremacy" and a desire to undermine a successful black quarterback.

According to my (fictional) sources, Watson claims many of his black accusers were offended he told them, “this is Magnum country.” The therapists thought he said “MAGA country,” a reference to Trump supporters. Watson was referring to his condom preference.

Clark isn’t the only candidate considering a racial defense of Watson. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is also reportedly contemplating making a statement on Watson’s behalf.

Late last week, Moon jumped to the defense of Kyler Murray, the quarterback the Arizona Cardinals lavished with a $46-million-a-year contract. The deal included a clause requiring Murray spend four hours each game week doing independent study. Moon called the clause a “slap in the face to African-American quarterbacks.”

Moon added: “It’s something we were always accused of back in the day when they didn’t let us play. That we were lazy, that we didn’t study, that we couldn’t be leaders, that we weren’t smart. So all those different things just kind of came to surface after we put all that stuff to bed over the years and just because of this deal that’s going on between Arizona and Kyler.

“So yeah, very embarrassing.”

So the Cardinals can’t incentivize and/or make stipulations on Kyler Murray’s work ethic because Warren Moon worked hard? Murray isn’t an individual? He’s an extension of Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, James Harris, and every other black quarterback?

Nearly every aspect of Aaron Rodgers’ personality has been analyzed and criticized. He’s allegedly a narcissist. He’s allegedly selfish, aloof, smug, condescending. He’s won a Super Bowl and four MVP titles. He’s one of the 10 greatest quarterbacks of all time. Aaron Rodgers is treated as a unique individual. Whatever happens to him is not connected to Roger Staubach, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, or even Andy Dalton.

This is the lunacy of the victimhood ideology adopted by too many black people. Kyler Murray isn’t a victim. His contract doesn’t say anything about Patrick Mahomes’ work ethic. The independent study clause is no different from a weight clause slapped on a consistently overweight player.

The Victimhood Olympics promotes weakness and a lack of emotional control. It baited Mahomes to cast himself as a fellow victim. An anonymous defensive coordinator questioned Mahomes’ ability to read defenses. It’s a common complaint leveled at many quarterbacks. Mahomes, who is half black and half white, insinuated the criticism is only directed at black quarterbacks.

“Obviously, the black quarterback has had to battle to be in this position that we are to have this many guys in the league playing,” he said. “Every day, we’re proving that we should have been playing the whole time. We’ve got guys that can think just as well as they can use their athleticism. It’s always weird when you see guys like me, Lamar (Jackson), Kyler (Murray) kind of get that on them when other guys don’t.”

No one thinks Jared Goff can read a defense. He led the Rams to the Super Bowl three years ago, and everyone credited his head coach for telling him exactly what to do from the sidelines.

These guys are weak. Their skin is too thin for leadership.

Tom Brady listened for two decades as people claimed he was a product of Bill Belichick’s New England system. Brady’s broadcasters have predicted his demise for the last five years. In 2016, the NFL suspended him for four games over deflated footballs. I’ve never heard Brady nail himself to a cross.

And we have black quarterbacks whining about anonymous quotes. Have black men been that emasculated? Have we fallen into a trap where our entire identities are tied to victimhood?

This is why I’ve soured on professional sports. I’m embarrassed by the black players seeking victimhood.

Chris Rock is more manly than many black professional athletes. The 57-year-old comedian is barely 150 pounds. As a child, bullies ran him out of his high school. But now he’s more courageous than men who are allegedly gladiators.

On Friday, Will Smith released a YouTube video apologizing to Rock for slapping him on the Oscars stage. Rock responded to the apology on the comedy stage.

“If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims,” he said. “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day. I got kids.”

Why don’t football players talk this way?

Rock added: “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”

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