On Tuesday night, Brent Musburger, a former ESPN broadcaster, took to Twitter to defend the violence of the NFL after a weekend that involved a primetime game that was filled with suspensions for illegal hits and scary injuries.
Musburger tweeted: “Yo, Snowflakes. Quit preaching. The Violent World of Sam Huff sold NFL football to the masses. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders gave us a little sex with our violence. Deal with it!”
The tweet surfaced a day after the divisional matchup on Monday night between the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals displayed just how dangerous professional football can be, with two players, Ryan Shazier, the Steelers linebacker, and Burfict, the Bengals linebacker Vontaze, carted off the field. The injury of Shazier was so scary that many questioned if he had been paralysed.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended for one game for his hit on Burfict, while Shazier remains in the hospital and is being examined for a spine injury. George Iloka, Bengals safety, was also suspended for one game after hitting Antonio Brown in the helmet as he made the game-winning grab.
Additionally, on Sunday, Tre’Davious White, Bills cornerback, was carted off the field after Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight end, delivered a late, illegal hit. Gronkowski was since suspended for one game because of the incident.
While such violence was typically celebrated by the greater NFL audience in the past, the audience’s interest in the explicit violence of football has declined in recent years as more has become understood regarding CTE and long-term effects of the sport.
The reference of Musburger to the role of sex in football is a little more of a stretch. However, it is not all that surprising for those people who remember his bowing over Katherine Webb during the BCS Championship Game in 2013.