How would you interpret this sentence?
“The hotel in D.C. had a lousy bar, the place was gestanko in general. Did I tell you there was a big scene?”
“Last night. No, night before. I get back to my hotel after a whole day of meetings with the drizzle bags, I’m beat to the socks, and I can’t even get to the elevator. There’s a scene in the lobby. This huge colored cat, he’s got on a nice overcoat, hat, briefcase, everything, but he’s flailing. Football with the bellhops. I mean he’s down on the floor, they tackled him when he came in I guess. He’s a Negro, see. The hotel doesn’t have Negro guests.”
How would you interpret this sentence “Football with the bellhops”?
Did the speaker mean the African-American down on the floor was like a football to the bellboys?
Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.