Rickey Jackson, great player, poor judge of disasters!
Someone please inform Rickey Jackson the true meaning of the word, disaster. During his recent Hall of Fame induction speech, the former New Orleans Saint’s star twice said losing the Saints would have been much worse for the city of New Orleans than Katrina and the oil spill. Here’s the exact quote; “The Saints went through Katrina. They come back, go through the oil spill now. None of that would have been a disaster. If they lost the Saints, it would have been ten times worse than all that so I take my hat off to them.” This just in Rickey, Katrina was a disaster. It was the costliest natural disaster in US history, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States, with 1836 people losing their lives. How is death less insensitive than race? In this case it is. Think about it; the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, made a comment on free agency that was twisted into slavery by Jessie Jackson, and this comment by Rickey Jackson barely gets a mention. What’s the deal, did Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have the week off? Guys if you’re going to react to every insensitive comment on race, why not react to an insensitive comment on the most important race, the human race? How can we let Rickey Jackson get away with a comment that is nothing short of repulsive? I hope the city of New Orleans steps up and informs Mr. Jackson that Katrina and the oil spill are just a tad more important than a football team that until this past year was best known for a having a fan base that wore bags over their heads.