NFL’s Jeffrey Miller
The football league that gave us wife beaters, drunk drivers, and assaulters of cops to idolize as players also gave us the regulations banning armed off-duty police even though many police departments require officers to carry their guns while not on duty. The police aren’t going to accept it without a fight.
Two Minnesota police associations are suing the NFL, the Vikings, and the regents of the University of Minnesota over their gun policy which basically says off-duty police can bring their guns with them when they come to the stadium but they might not be admitted because they have a gun.
The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) and Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest officers’ associations, filed suit Tuesday against the NFL for their new regulations preventing police from going into any league facilities, including team offices, practice facilities and stadiums while armed.
The police contend it puts the police and the public at unnecessary risk. They also state that the Vikings cannot supersede State law.
Minnesota law does allow businesses to ban guns from their establishments but police are exempt. State law exempts police from having a gun permit. The NFL’s regulation runs counter to the State law.
In addition, many police departments have regulations requiring police to carry their guns when they are off-duty.
The NFL claims there are so many off-duty police and rent-a-cops in the stadiums that they are afraid of blue-on-blue crimes, even though no such crime has ever occurred.
The NFL policy last fall says guns are “strictly prohibited” within NFL facilities; the only exceptions were law enforcement personnel assigned to games and private security contractors who were licensed to carry a gun.
This regulation was passed last September and sent to teams on 9/11. Neither the NFL nor the Vikings reported an incident or concern during that stadium’s 32-year history.
Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the statewide peace officers association, wrote to Jeffrey Miller, a veteran state police officer, an NFL vice president and its chief of security, at the time it was passed asking them to reconsider because some officers are required to enforce the law even when off duty.
Miller responded by saying the he had “the highest level of respect for people in law enforcement” but the NFL decided football stadiums weren’t safe when off-duty officers had guns.
Miller brought up the imaginary blue-on-blue crimes and added that police might be drinking, making it unsafe for them to have guns.
The NFL is on an anti-gun crusade and they are obviously willing to go to extremes. From Bob Costas hijacking Sunday night football to push his anti-gun views down everyone’s throat to the NFL’s refusal to run an ad by Daniel Defense because he is a gun manufacturer, the NFL has made themselves clear – they are rabidly opposed to guns.
They are not, however, so opposed to wife beaters, dog killers, drunk drivers, dopers, players with fake dead girlfriends, and various other ne’er-do-wells who comprise their teams. Nor are they opposed to scantily-clad women in their ads or performing at half-time, especially if it involves Beyoncé humping and grinding in raunchy attire. They don’t even mind ads with clowns pouring Bud Light up their butts.
The NFL is also fine with ads that are anti-gun such as Bloomberg’s ads.
There is more than a little hypocrisy here and there is a whole lot of irrational thinking going into their decisions but that is what happens when extreme political views enter into family entertainment.
Full story of the lawsuit at officer.com.