Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott really stepped in it over the weekend when he seemingly equated his players competing in inclement weather to the experiences of soldiers in combat.
At halftime of the Bills’ game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a CBS sideline reporter asked McDermott how his team prepares to play during a snowstorm, and the analogy didn’t go over too well.
“You never know what the conditions are, what you’re going to get, no different than our military people in terms of what they go through. We have to perform just like they do,” the coach said.
You read that correctly: McDermott said football players “perform just like” U.S. servicemen and women do in combat situations.
The response on social media hasn’t been good for McDermott:
“This isn’t anything different than what our military has to deal with.”
Please shut up, Sean McDermott.
— David Sanchirico (@DavidSanchirico) December 10, 2017
Sean McDermott on the snow: "It's no different than our military people. We gotta go out & perform no matter the conditions, just like they do." #Bills
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) December 10, 2017
Did Sean McDermott really just compare playing football in the snow to military service?
— Whitney McIntosh (@WhitneyM02) December 10, 2017
McDermott’s comment was certainly out of line, and its timing is unfortunate, to boot.
In early December, it was reported that the NFL is shortchanging military charities by shifting money to social justice causes in seeming hopes of appeasing the players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness about perceived racial injustice in America.