Does fantasy football dehumanize NFL players? | The Tylt
Does fantasy football dehumanize NFL players?
Fantasy football has helped the NFL explode in popularity, but it has come at a cost. NFL players are now just names and numbers on a spreadsheet instead of humans who are trying their best to make a living.
If athletes perform poorly, fantasy team owners go on social media to harass them. If players get injured, people come after them for not being tougher and screwing up the fantasy players season. Don't mind the athlete whose career is on hold or threatened because he got hurt. It's all about you, right? Fantasy football dehumanizes NFL players.
Sherman's rant was understandable after his teammate went down with a bad injury, but he is wrong. People as a whole are still sympathetic to athletes who get seriously hurt. Entire stadiums still fall silent when a player goes down. Only a fraction among those tens of thousands of fans even plays fantasy football.
Sherman is referring to a vocal minority who lack compassion, but he should not judge other fantasy players for the sins of a few bad people who would still exist even without the presence of fantasy football. A majority of the fantasy community knows NFL players are people first.