#Deflategate is over, but its impact lingers.
The NFL is debating a ban on the racial slur.
Michael Sam deserves to be evaluated by his playing ability.
Superbowl champion Richard Sherman is not a thug.
NFL player Jonathan Martin should be commended for standing up against harassment.
While the NFL replacement referees might be endangering the positions of the regular ones, they are also endangering something else: the value of the NFL. The NFL needs new referees, and they need them now.