Meet The Black Man That Will Enforce the New NFL National Anthem Guidelines
His name is B. Todd Jones. The B is for Byron.
And he is, by all mainstream measures of merit, a dedicated and talented legal mind and law enforcement agent. As a former marine, lawyer, and career Democrat that served as the Chair of the Attorney General Advisory Committee under Eric Holder — Jones became the first Senate approved director of the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco that the United States had seen in over 10 years.
Nominated by Barack Obama, Jones was put at the head of the Bureau of Firearms, Alcohol, and Tobacco (ATF) to reorganize its leadership after the Gunwalking Scandal came to light and shook the ATF to its core.
Also known as “Operation Fast and Furious,” the Gunwalking Scandal refers to a plan implemented by the ATF that involved field agents working with firearms dealers in border states to sell weapons to illegal gun traffickers. The stated goal was to track the firearms back to the criminal entities using them. The actual outcome was a loss of 65% of the weapons sold, hundreds of murders and crimes being traced back to the remaining weapons, and ZERO arrests of high level cartel members.
The scandal was exposed when one of the weapons sold in the gunwalking operation was used to kill US Border Patrol Agent. Then head of the ATF Kenneth Melson was forced to step down, and B. Todd Jones took his place.
Unlike his NRA supported predecessors and replacements, Jones was often at odds with the gun lobby. He was not affiliated with the NRA, worked for the Democratic party, and even spent time collaborating with the NAACP. Committed to making sweeping changes to a Bureau that had been mired in legal violations and political scandal, Jones wasted no time putting his plans into action.
In 2013 NPR reported, “By all accounts…Jones has cleaned house at the ATF. He replaced virtually all of the top managers at headquarters and put nearly two dozen new agents in charge of field offices around the country.” This did not sit well with the conservative faction of the NRA and the ATF, but it was his efforts to ban bullet-proof vest piercing bullets that could be shot out of an AR-15 that proved to be the downfall of his tenure.
After a failed attempt to mobilize support for a ban on these bullets, the gun lobby mobilized a campaign against Jones. Under pressure from the NRA and the gun lobby, Jones stepped down. That’s one narrative at least.
Another way to look at this series of events is that B. Todd Jones resigned to take an easier position. In fact, it could be argued that a position was created for Jones in order to facilitate his removal from the AFT while also stealing a player from Obama’s team and granting him an executive position in one of the most conservative organizations in the nation — the NFL.
Jones himself reported that the offer to work for the NFL was a dream come true. He knew that he would likely lose his position at the ATF once the Obama Administration left office, and he is — like tens of millions of Americans — a Sunday faithful football fan.
Being offered an executive position in the National Football League would be any true fan’s dream come true. And after a long career of political and legal warfare, the idea of an undemanding position in the private sector working for one of his favorite organizations was almost too good to be true.
A recruiter from the NFL approached Jones about a new position called the Chief Disciplinary Officer of the NFL. He told him that it was being created to address domestic violence charges against some of the leagues players.
In an interview with the Star Tribune, B. Todd Jones explains, “There was a recognition that they needed someone with the experiences I had, my familiarity with the criminal justice system, someone who had done internal investigations in the private sector, who could help expand the code of conduct, which was on paper but not reflected in how the clubs operate.”
Jones enthusiastically accepted the offer and joked, “When I watch football on Sunday now, and my wife says, ‘What are you doing?’ I say I am working.”
So from Jones’ position, he was going to be able to comfortably finish off his career in a dream job created just for him. From Goodell’s position, though, Jones was a Chess piece held by Obama — and the NFL just captured it.
The competition between Barack Obama and Roger Goodell had been active for some time, and the two had a number of heated exchanges through the media. Just prior to Goodell’s creation of the position of Chief Disciplinary Officer of the NFL, Obama had publicly called out his mishandling of domestic violence within the ranks of the NFL.
In a well-executed strategic play, Goodell was able to appear as though he was addressing the President’s call for action by creating the position of Chief Disciplinary Officer of the NFL while simultaneously stealing a key player on Obama’s team.
In other words, Goodell created the position of Chief Disciplinary Officer of the NFL to spite Obama. He hired Jones to spite Obama. And in what appears to be the latest in a round of attacks on black players taking a knee — Jones may be used once again to spite the black left and its leaders.
The NFL’s new rules regarding players’ stance during the National Anthem read as follows:
1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the anthem.
3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the anthem has been performed.
4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
6. The commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
As the Chief Disciplinary Officer of the NFL, Jones has worked hand in hand to discipline players according to Goodells demands. It is reasonable to assume that part of his job as Chief Disciplinary Officer will be to assist in the enforcement of the new rules surrounding the National Anthem.
What we know is that the NFL is positioned to use a former member of team Obama to enforce a policy that strips the first amendment rights of black NFL players and their allies. What we don’t know is how Byron Todd Jones feels about these new rules and whether or not he intends to place his salary over his people.
As of now, though, two important questions remain unanswered. Where is B Todd Williams? And will he take a stand for the players that choose to take a knee?
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