(I suppose it's out of character for me to talk sports in this forum, but you can take it as a social commentary too.)
I'm sure you've heard, by now, of Owens' situation. He spoke out against his quarterback and his team. He said that the Eagles would be undefeated if they had Brett Favre as their quarterback. He said the team's management disrespected him by not publicly recognizing his 100th touchdown reception.
He was, in effect, fired for his comments.
On Monday, Dre Bly, the Detroit Lions' oft-injured cornerback with an adverb for a name, had some thoughts on the causes for their coach getting the axe. He said, "We're all at fault, but I just feel like Joey [Harrington]'s been here four years, and being the No. 3 pick in the draft, he hasn't given us anything." Harrington is the Lions' quarterback.
Again on Monday, Jeff Garcia, the Lions' backup quarterback, said that "you start to question whether the organization has the people in place who can go about making the proper selections."
Let's tally this up.
Owens: Criticized ability and contribution level of quarterback.
Bly: Criticized ability and contribution level of quarterback.
Owens: Criticized choices and intelligence of management and ownership.
Garcia: Criticized choices and intelligence of management and ownership.
Owens: Suspended for four games, deactivated for the remainder of the season.
Bly: Still on active roster.
Garcia: Still on active roster.
Now, this isn't a race thing. Garcia's white, Bly's black. It's not a money thing, because both Garcia and Bly were free agent signings, and got a decent paycheck. So what is it?
It's just a flat-out double standard. Owens was already outspoken, and had already said things critical of his team and his playmates. And yet this was somehow worse? It was only because the media latched onto it, and Owens was under the crosshairs of conservative groups for his "racy" Monday Night Football spot, that he was taken down so hard. Bly and Garcia made the exact same level of anti-team commentary, and yet they're not being shown the door.
I'm not in favor of Congress investigating the Owens suspension; it's a matter for Owens and the Eagles to settle (in court, if necessary). I do like that a Republican is willing to take on an issue fraught with worker's rights and race relations, and is on the better side of it, but it's not Congress' business. I'm not in favor of Bly and Garcia being indefinitely deactivated, either, because I wasn't in favor of Owens being indefinitely deactivated. If the Eagles wanted to cut ties with Owens, they should have cut him and allowed him to play for another team if he could find a buyer.
Bly and Garcia should be treated with the exact same level of harshness that Owens was. The fact that they're not is bald-faced hypocrisy by the NFL.