The greatest baseball announcer of all time has seen enough, thanks.
Saturday night, former Dodgers announcer and Hall of Famer Vin Scully was at the Pasadena Civic Center for an event called “An Evening With Vin Scully.”
At some point during the event, Scully was asked about the NFL’s national anthem protests, in which players have taken a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racism. Scully said he “will never watch another NFL game” because of the protests.
Here is a full transcript of Scully’s comments, via Deadspin:
“I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed. And I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year — didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game.”
God, I love the man. And I’m with him all the way on this, although I gave up on the Negro Felons League for good a long while before he did. For me, this latest nonsense merely served to reaffirm that long-ago decision, and cast it in concrete. But when a true giant of American sports like Scully—a bona fide living legend—throws up his hands in disgust like this, well, I’d say the writing is on the wall for the over-privileged dumbasses responsible for putting the finishing touch on the destruction of their staggering sport.