Black players who think they've been unfairly targeted view the technology differently. Like Britt, Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett says he learned about racial profiling incidents during his youth. Then, in 2011, Dockett was driving a Cadillac Escalade when he was stopped in Maryland. He didn't think there was cause for the stop, so he turned on his video recorder.
"I had picked up my phone and put it on video," Dockett said. "I let it sit there and said loud and clear, 'I don't drink; I don't smoke; I don't have a weapon in my car. You didn't tell me why you pulled me over. I asked if I was under arrest. You said no. I don't see anything I did wrong or why I'm sitting here. I gave you my license, my registration; everything is legit.' He knew I was talking to the camera."
Dockett said an officer wanted to search his car but he insisted the officer get a search warrant. In the end, he was released without a citation.
"I said, 'The only way I'm stepping out of the car is if you are going to place me under arrest, and at this point you'd be arresting me for no reason,'" Dockett said. "He knew the video was going. They stayed there for about 30 minutes, and I guess they had to go. He said, 'You can leave.'
Remember when the dysfunctional Buccaneers were an 0-8 dumpster fire fueled by MRSA and ineptitude? Greg Schiano and his Men have somehow won three straight, with some legitimate play from both sides of the ball—especially rookie quarterback/intrepid middle schooler Mike Glennon. Which leaves us with the same question Team Schiano has left for us all year, if inflected slightly differently: Are these assholes for real?
The transformative change at quarterback is as well-worn as any story in football, but for the Bucs, it's as good an explanation as you'll find for how this team went from viscous poo to something resembling competent. Especially because, through all this, the defense has been rather good. As a team, they're -5.8% in weighted DVOA, good for 10th in the league. Gerald McCoy is a total stud, and before his groin injury, every metric available had Darrelle Revis re-ascendent as the best corner in the league. (Our favorite CB metric, PFF's yards gained by a cornerback's assignment while that cornerback is in coverage, has Revis well ahead of the league at 0.44 yards per snap. Quarterbacks have a 53.4 QB Rating throwing against him. He's been very good.)
All that is to say, the big change has been the rookie and his play. After Josh Freeman and his 59.3 QB rating were shipped off to terrorize poor Vikings fans, the Bucs turned to Glennon. He had a rough start, fumbling in each of his first four starts, and struggling to crack even 6 yards per attempt. But over the past month or so, he's improved to the point where Schiano considers him to be a long-term solution. (That'd be neat, if Schiano still has a job at the end of the season.)
Pope Francis has attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.
The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.
He also called on rich people to share their wealth. "Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills," Francis wrote in the document issued on Tuesday.
"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"
And it's not just empty speech...
Since his election, Francis has set an example for austerity in the church, living in a Vatican guest house rather than the ornate Apostolic Palace, travelling in a Ford Focus, and last month suspending a bishop who spent millions of euros on his luxurious residence.