Brandon Stokley: The Honky Hater

For real, Brandon Marshall should have pimpslapped Brandon Stokley with those gloves when Stokley Smurf you-know-whatblocked his Barack Obama tribute touchdown celebration last night. Who cares if it would have cost your Donks the game? I mean, dude, some things are more important than football, especially Broncos football. For instance…

A.) The election of this nation’s first ever black President.

B.) Chiefs football.

C.) Brady Quinn leading the Browns to a win in his first start, prompting King Carl and his court jester Harm Edwards to go all Heaven’s Gate for passing up a Quinn trade not once but twice.

Marshall was doing something bigger than than the game of football, but I suppose a midget like you wouldn’t understand that. From The Colorado Springs Gazette (via The Sporting Blog):

He reached inside the front of his pants but receiver Brandon Stokley and then tight end Tony Scheffler forced him to stop whatever he had planned, leaving the television audience to wonder what Marshall was going to do.

Marshall said he had a glove in his pants – half white and half black. Marshall, a big supporter of President-elect Barack Obama – said he drew inspiration from 1968 U.S. Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised a black glove on the medal stand.

Marshall said his message was one of unity under Obama.

“I wanted to create that symbol of unity because Obama inspires me, our multi-cultured society,” said Marshall, who read from the message he had typed out on his phone earlier in the day.

“And I know at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised that black glove in that fist as a silent gesture of black power and liberation. Forty years later, I wanted to make my own statement. I wanted to make my own statement and gesture to represent the progress we made.”

Tony Scheffler, too? What is this, a KKK march? What’s next; knocking a vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream cone out of a teammate’s hand? Taking whiteout to the black Nike swoosh on otherwise whit cleats?

Mr. Stokley, sir, the rest of us could care less if you are bitter because you voted for the old white guy. The rest of us could care less if you want your Broncos to win. Do you have some built up resentment inside of you because you’re basically like one of three white boy receivers currently playing in the NFL? The Steve Largent era is over and you’re no Ed McCaffery. You need to let it out, seek counseling or something, because nobody likes a hater. Especially one who plays for those utterly, despicably disgusting Donks.

In all seriousness, I’m sick of the No Fun League’s TD celebration rules. The fan’s enjoy that aspect of the game, and no one ever got hurt during a celebration. As long as you aren’t taunting the other team, seriously delaying the game or putting anybody in harm’s way, all celebrations should be allowed. And in this special week of U.S. history, I think Fidel Goodell should allow tributes to President-Elect Obama’s achievement, especially black players. After all, the NFL and players like Jim Brown helped pave the way for this to happen. Regardless of your politics, why not celebrate the diversity the NFL helped create in our great nation. All of us sit in the same stands and root for one color — red. What’s wrong with celebrating that?

Big ups to Marshall for trying to use an arena typically reserved for self celebration to promote a message of unity, especially racial unity. I will loathe you down to your rotten McDonald’s bag-slippin’ core again 24 hours from now, but for one day and one day only I’m a fan.

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