Before Saturday’s game against the A’s at Yankee Stadium, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he has no plans to drop the struggling Didi Gregorius in the lineup or move the red-hot rookie Gleyber Torres up, though that could change.
The players played the game, but black people weren’t exactly the target audience — despite the money they spent on sneakers and jerseys, and despite how, in the NBA’s case, its slick ad campaigns used black culture to sell the sport. The players were recognizing that if they remained quiet, they had money but no power, money but no wealth, money but no greater belief that they were making a difference.
They were being purchased. A collective light was going on. All the money and the commercials, the houses and the private jets and the fame, had greenwashed them, and when so many players looked in the mirror after watching Eric Garner be choked to death by the state, they realized they had lost themselves.
The 6-foot-2, 302-pound McClain will provide depth and experience along the interior of Atlanta’s defensive line. He joins Grady Jarrett, rookie Deadrin Senat and Garrison Smith, among other defensive tackles currently on the Falcons ‘ roster.
McClain previously signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the Redskins in 2017, but Washington released him on April 30 after using a first-round pick on defensive tackle Daron Payne.
McClain’s production the past season likely didn’t help his cause in Washington, as he appeared in 12 games with two starts and totaled 20 tackles (17 solo) and two sacks.
The 29-year-old McClain entered the league in 2011 out of South Florida as a third-round pick with the Carolina Panthers. In addition to spending with Washington last year, he had stints with the Patriots (2012), Texans (2012-13) and Cowboys (2014-16).