The Left Uses John Madden's Death to Take Their Virtue Signaling to Weird Places

Manuel Balce Ceneta

John Madden. Now here’s a guy who brought entertainment and joy to millions of people in America and made watching football even better through his entertaining commentary that ranged from the insightful to the hilarious.

Case in point…

Madden was also responsible for one of the most successful franchises in video game history, the Madden NFL series. Nearly every household in America has owned at least one version of the game. I know I do.

(READ: On the Death of John Madden, EA Madden, and Common Sense)

Like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of him; “I am not aware of anyone who has made a more meaningful impact on the National Football League than John Madden, and I know of no one who loved the game more.”

But the radical left which has infected so much of our society can’t bear something like joy and innocence and has to find evil in everything like overzealous religious nuts. After Madden passed, the radical left stood atop his hardly cooled body and began preaching about his evils.

According to Bounding Into Comics, a history professor at Dallas College, Andrew McGregor, decided to curse Madden’s name for the famous video game he helped establish, saying that it dehumanized black athletes and was “plantation cosplay.”

“I have lots of opinions on John Madden The creation of the Madden video game was not a great development for the U.S. It further glamorized violence and dehumanized Black athletes, helping to establish plantation cosplay that has grown worse in the era of fantasy football.”

McGregor would go on to say that due to Madden’s “exploitative games” he didn’t deserve veneration. He also noted that the NFL is complicit in “white supremacy.”

I’ll spare you the rest of his tirade, which devolves into nonsense about how fantasy leagues are just like slavery. Bounding Into Comics captured screenshots of his rant, which became very lengthy and even more nonsensical as it went on.

McGregor seems to have a very damaged view of the world, and it’s a view that robs agency from the men who join the NFL, and I should add that these men come from all races, creeds, and societal backgrounds.

These men work very hard to play in that league and work very hard to stay there. Many break down in tears when they’re drafted seeing their hard work pay off. The brotherhood they have with their teammates and the victories they have together are some of the greatest joys of their lives.

Then their talent is recognized even further when they appear in a massively popular video game series or are selected to be a part of someone’s fantasy team.

People live their entire lives trying to achieve that kind of glory and never make it. These men pulled out all the stops to get to where they are and to be a part of something that grand.

But here is McGregor and radicals like him saying that all of it is just slavery with extra steps. They think they’re being woke, and that they’re piercing the veil of society and exposing some horrifying truths.

But they’re not. They’re just taking a concept of our country’s past and morphing an institution of the present so it fits in the past’s concept box. Ironically, McGregor and the social-justice-obsessed like him are robbing black athletes of their agency in order to do it, effectively making the athlete’s hard work benefit the woke for narrative reasons.

The truth is, Madden helped elevate more young black men than any social justice group in existence and gave men from all backgrounds a dream. People like McGregor, who see only a skin color that they can use for their own purposes, will never be able to accomplish the good that Madden did.