It appears that the Reverend Al Sharpton and the Cleveland office of the “National Action Network” will ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to cancel the August 3rd Hall of Fame Game pitting the Colts against the Redskins in Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
The cancellation request comes from allegations of misconduct in the Canton Police Department and the fact that newly elected Mayor William J. Healy has not responded to NAN’s previous allegations of the department. Now in defense of Mayor Healy he has only been on the job for roughly 2 and half months.
This doesn’t seem to matter to Sharpton or Richard Jones who is the Cleveland president of NAN based in Solon, Ohio.
“Over the last few years, the National Action Network has received numerous complaints regarding police misconduct in the Canton Police Department. Despite the intervention of (the) Reverend Al Sharpton and a host of broken promises by the city leaders, the situation has not improved,” Jones wrote in a letter to the media.
Andy Hearman who is the Mayor’s communications director says “We have a meeting scheduled for Thursday morning with Richard Jones and (Canton) Police Chief Dean McKimm here at City Hall, he also went on to say that the organization’s request to cancel the game came as” quite a suprise”.
It is also being reported that there was a meeting scheduled in February but Mr. Jones cancelled that meeting. “We want to address these alleged situations and we hope that Jones will not cancel Thursday’s meeting,” Herman said Tuesday.
Jones stated that NAN will “publish the contact information for Roger Goodell, Gene Upshaw, Troy Vincent and every African-American player in the NFL and ask that our brothers and sisters around the world call, fax and bombard these men with the simple request that the NFL hold the city of Canton to the same standard that it held Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, Chris Henry, Terry ‘Tank’ Johnson and Michael Vick too.”
Jones states that the NFL is 75 percent African-American.
Let me see now Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jones you want an entity (NFL) that has nothing to do with the local government to not bring their millions of dollars to an already poor city that has lost hundreds and hundreds of jobs. That will definitley help the crime situation and the poverty level of Canton, that is just another genius idea.