During Monday’s episode of ESPN’s Olbermann, host Keith Olbermann used his trademark ‘World’s Worst’ segment to go after Jeff Roorda, the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association who tried to strongarm the NFL and St. Louis Rams to punish five Rams players for showing support for Ferguson protesters. After the Rams’s receiving corps came out for their pre-game introductions Sunday using the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot!’ gesture, Roorda released a statement to the local St. Louis media demanding that the players be disciplined and the league and team publicly apologize.
The ex-cop, who was fired from his job as a police officer for lying and now serves as the business manager for the police union, referred to Ferguson protesters as “violent thugs” and indicated that police officers and their supporters would boycott the league if nothing was done to the players. The NFL and the Rams must not have taken Roorda’s threat very seriously. The five players will not be punished by either the league or the franchise.
Olbermann awarded Roorda with the title of World’s Worst Person In Sports. After reading an excerpt from Roorda’s statement, Olbermann proceeded to tear him the shreds.
“Because the primary job of the police is not to protect citizens, or the right of assembly, or protest, or First Amendment rights, or property — pro or con — but to protect the members of their union from being…what? Criticized! Because it’s not about the citizens anymore, it’s because it’s about whether or not they are right or wrong you can’t criticize the cops.
By the way, this Jeff Roorda guy, he’s business manager of the union, he’s not a cop. He used to be a cop. Then they found him repeatedly lying and falsifying official police reports once to cover up for another officer. And then he was elected to the State House of Representatives of Missouri and he’s now trying to use all of this to move up to the State Senate. And by the way, he’s a Democrat. And he’s employed by a union. And he’s today’s worst person in the sports world!”
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Olbermann:
As one would expect, while Roorda may not have made any impact with the NFL or Rams, his ’cause’ has been picked up by some in the St. Louis area. A local sports bar, Time Out Sports Bar & Grill, announced on Monday that they were boycotting the Rams. The bar will not display any team memorabilia, and Rams games will not be shown in the bar due to the players’ actions. Of course, the announcement of the boycott utilized the word ‘thug.’