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    NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

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    [size=12pt]NFL looking into Rolle comment[/size]
    Ravens cornerback contends official called him 'boy'
    Posted: Tuesday December 4, 2007 2:10PM; Updated: Tuesday December 4, 2007 4:11PM

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL is looking into a postgame comment by Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle, who contends an on-field official called him "boy" during the Ravens' 27-24 loss to New England.

    Rolle identified the official by his number rather than by name following the Monday night game, which was marked by several disputed officiating decisions.

    "The refs called me a boy," Rolle said, according to a transcript of postgame comments provided to the media by the Ravens. "No. 110 called me a boy."

    Both Rolle and the official, identified in the NFL official guide as head linesman Phil McKinnely, are black. The 53-year-old McKinnely played in the NFL as an offensive tackle from 1976-82. He spent five seasons with Atlanta and one each with the Rams and Chicago.

    "I will be calling my agent in the morning and sending my complaint," the 31-year-old cornerback added. "I have a wife and three kids. Don't call me a boy. Don't call me a boy on the field during a game because I said, 'You've never played football before."'
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    Re: NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

    He's just bitter because they lost.

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    Re: NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

    "Both Rolle and the official, identified in the NFL official guide as head linesman Phil McKinnely, are black."

    So what.........

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    Re: NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

    "marstc09" wrote:
    "Both Rolle and the official, identified in the NFL official guide as head linesman Phil McKinnely, are black."

    So what.........
    So it's not a race thing, it's a "Respect!" thing.

    Funny, tho, that Rolle got it wrong about the official never having played the game....

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    Re: NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

    "Zeus" wrote:
    "marstc09" wrote:
    "Both Rolle and the official, identified in the NFL official guide as head linesman Phil McKinnely, are black."

    So what.........
    So it's not a race thing, it's a "Respect!" thing.

    Funny, tho, that Rolle got it wrong about the official never having played the game....

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    So shouldn't he be apoligizing too. He should have respected the official.

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    Re: NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

    So apparently - as the Ravens claim - this is why Bart Scott got so insanely pissed off at the end there throwing things and wanting to get in the refs face and all that.

    I wonder what will come of this thing. It's been a long time since I stopped trying to predict the outcome of issues involving racial slurs in the US.

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    Re: NFL looking into Rolle comment - contends official called him 'boy'

    When I initially heard this, I thought that this was a race issue.
    Apparently, it is not.
    So now I just don't get why it is a big deal at all.

    ... boy, man, son, kid, dog, bro, chief, dude, etc.


    So what?
    People use these terms all the time.
    They don't mean anything without context.


    The context is that these players are whining, loud-mouthed jerks that are taking verbal shots at the officials during the game.
    I'm sure you've all heard clips of coaches and players yelling at officials when they don't get a call.
    They refer to refs as things a lot worse than 'boy.'
    Now, after the game, the players are whining because the officials are human and got upset with the attitude and used a certain tone with the players.

    Anyway, a racist/discriminatory official is a big deal and a story.
    An official that gets upset when people yell at him and tell him how to do his job is not a big deal.

    Related to this, why do you think the Ravens players act this way?
    To some extent, it's the nature of the beast with high-profile atheletes getting paid big bucks and also just their own personalities.
    But I also think that they take after and are not controlled by a coach that I would also describe as a whining, loud-mouthed jerk.
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