On ESPN’s NFL Countdown this morning, Sal Paolantonio filed a report from the sideline of FedEx field, that the Redskins had brought in extra security from local police forces to guard the area behind the Redskins’ bench in case there were any protests of the team name.
You may have heard that the Oneida Tribe had met with the NFL this week, airing their concerns over the continued use of the Redskins name. This meeting led many to speculate that there may be protests planned for the Skins home game against the Chargers this week.
The idea that additional police officers behind the bench might somehow silence protesters from making their point seems odd, as it would be far more likely that any protest would be best served by holding signs behind the players rather than trying to rush the field and potentially assault them.
Besides, everybody knows that best place to rush the field is one of the end zones. And then, run directly at the biggest player on the field to try to hug him. It usually works out well.
UPDATE: A mere 90 minutes after “breaking” the story referenced in the ProFootballTalk article above, Sal Paolantonio provided a pre-game update from the field and called his own story a “non-story”, saying that there were, in fact, no extra security measures in place to guard against the potential protests of the Redskins name. Of course, when the original report ran, ESPN’s own camera panned over to the Redskins bench area to show the two Deputies who were standing by the bench, reportedly (by ESPN) to protect the players and coaches from any protesters. Gotta love that crack ESPN reporting…