It’s not been a good week for the NFL, which is taking fire for its outreach programs.
The National Sheriffs Association blasted the NFL on Thursday over its “Inspire Change” partners because several of them are “anti-police organizations.”
Previously, according to Fox News, several of the league’s partners in the “Inspire Change” program include the Vera Institute of Justice, the Oregon Justice Resource Center, and the Community Justice Exchange, all of which have called for defunding or reapportioning funding of police departments.
“I hope the NFL got its ROI [return on investment]: More crime, more legitimate criminals released, more community anger and more jerseys sold, eyeballs watching and paid seats filled at their games,” said Jonathan Thompson, executive director and CEO of the National Sheriffs Association, said in an email to Fox News.
“Well done to the NFL, hopefully, all the deputies and officers that protect their facilities and audiences that attend their games feel better about the NFL, especially since it is funding organizations that want to completely dissolve our country’s principle of adherence to the rule of law,” he added.
“Perhaps they could spend one night in a cruiser or a jail to see the horrendous effects of runaway crime,” Thompson continued. “Or they could look into the faces of the victims of crime who are white, black, brown, men, women, elderly, kids, poor, rich and every demographic in America.”
A spokesperson for the NFL said in a statement that “our 33 social justice grant partners have been selected based on the critical work that they have done surrounding Inspire Change’s four pillars — education, economic advancement, criminal justice reform, and police & community relations — to break down barriers to opportunity, end systemic racism and bridge the gap between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
“We stand by the work our grant partners have done and the lasting positive impact made in communities across the country,” the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, the league is also being blasted for publishing a map that shows the independent island democracy of Taiwan as being part of China.
On Wednesday, the NFL announced a new international home marketing program for select franchises.
“NFL announced that 18 teams have been granted access to 26 International Home Marketing Areas (IHMA) across eight different countries,” a statement said. “This ground-breaking, new initiative grants clubs access to international territories for marketing, fan engagement and commercialization as part of an important, long-term, strategic effort to enable clubs to build their global brands while driving NFL fan growth internationally.”
The NFL then posted a world map on Twitter showing which teams would be promoted and in what international markets.
.@NFL Announces International Home Marketing Area Teams and Markets
— NFL345 (@NFL345) December 15, 2021
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As the map made the rounds on social media, keen-eyed commentators noticed that the map showed China colored red as well as Taiwan — also called the Republic of China. Online critics questioned why the NFL included Taiwan as part of China when it is a separate, independent nation.
“The NFL, which is chasing dollars from the Chinese Communist Party, shows Taiwan as part of China. Disgraceful cowardice,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted.
Added Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (R-Fla.): “Hey @NFL, why are you depicting China and Taiwan as the same country? Do you not believe in the freedom of Taiwan? Stop shilling for the #CCP. It’s shameful to profit off the oppression of the Taiwanese people and the slavery of the Uyghurs.”
Columnist Jon Gabriel asked, “Why do you include Taiwan as part of China? Taiwan is an independent country,” Jon Gabriel, a columnist, wondered.
Noted GOP operative Logan Dobson: “Just the @NFL erasing the independent nation of Taiwan to suck up to genocidal Chinese Communists for money.”
The NBA has also been blasted for being deferential to China.