The NFL’s handling of the Tua Tagovailoa controversy has gained the attention of a lot of athletes who have spoken out against the league’s protocols and called for a change. Tua was not supposed to be out there in the last game but due to the decision of a doctor who was approved by the NFL but not a part of the Miami Dolphins organization, Tua was cleared to play.
Los Angeles Rams DB Jalen Ramsey is one of the athletes who are mad at this situation, he spoke to reporters on Saturday and criticized the league for punishing players over minor things such as their clothing and the type of outfits they sport rather than focusing on their health and overall safety in general.
“Player safety should be the most important thing”: Jalen Ramsey calls for stricter concussion protocols.
Here’s what Jalen Ramsey had to say, “Player safety should be one of the most important things to talk about. It should probably be talked about more. And then sh*t like getting fined for socks or sh*t like getting fined for tights or BS or anything like that. That needs to not be talked about as much.” Ramsey has been fined numerous times in the past for wearing socks that may have been colorful and not as per the prescribed standard of the league.
“That’s the stuff that they need to put an emphasis on, not freaking, ‘Oh his socks are too high or his socks are too low’ or something like that. That’s so lame. I’m so beyond that.” Ramsey has been fined every week for violating the uniform norms put forth by the league. He is not looking to compromise on his style either.
“I’m going to continue to get fined because I’m going to be swaggy out there. I’m going to wear the same this week too, so I’m ready for the fine. Come with it, right?” The corner intends to donate all the fines accrued towards a charitable cause. The corner is irked by the fact that he plays the game in a way to avoid injuring any fellow player, he does not take pride in knocking someone out of the game as he feels that is unnecessary.
“I play the game with integrity, I play the game the right way. I try to make sure people are safe. I want to go out there and hurt my opponents and strike fear and all that. But I don’t want to injure nobody. But that’s what the game is about. It’s not about the other BS. I just wish maybe I could start the conversation right now. If we want to go out there and look good, and it ain’t hurting the integrity of the game, why are y’all fining me $10,000 for my socks? That don’t make no sense,” Ramsey concludes.
The NFLPA has taken the incident with Tua seriously and they have terminated the neurosurgeon who examined the quarterback for a concussion earlier last week as it was found there were numerous mistakes made by him while evaluating the quarterback. There can be no room for such negligence as the player’s life is at stake here, it is high time the NFL takes such matters up seriously and makes a genuine effort toward making the sport as safe as possible.