Category Archives: Sports

Knick’s Jackson & Yuppie Fans Want Porzingis, The Great White Hope?  Hype?  Not Melo

By Walter L. Hilliard III –

 

Nothing gets as close to the truth like sports.   No, sports is not reality or “truth personified,” but it can be pretty damn close when it comes to the rawness, the true grit of performance, of merit.  And let’s let’s not forget that in sports the cream often —  in comparison to other areas — rises to the top, Black, White, or otherwise, but not always.

Enter NY Knick’s team President Phil Jackson of Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls championship fame, the man who rode the coattails of a couple of the greatest players in history of the NBA, including Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan — Jordan being the greatest player, ever.

But that was then, and this is now.

NFL Analyst ‘Hacks’ Already Belittling Clemson’s Black QB, Will 49er’s Shanahan Follow Suit?

By Walter L. Hilliard III –

 

Yup, the San Francisco 49ers new head coach, Kyle Shanahan, new general manager, John Lynch, and the team’s ownership, are just about ready to run a Black QB, Colin Kaepernick, out of town so I’m betting they don’t select Clemson’s Deshaun Watson — unless he absolutely blows them away in his interview, at the combine, or other workouts.  In fact, Bleacher Report has San Francisco drafting North Carolina’s White QB — Mitch Trubisky–  ahead of Watson.  And Bleacher report projects Watson not even being drafted until the 20th spot.

But Mitch Trubisky?  Who in the hell is that?????

Watson is a national champion and the best QB on tape and in real life coming out of college, even smashing super team Alabama in this year’s National Championship game.  The Cleveland Browns, who have the first pick in the draft, may draft a defensive end or a quarterback, some believe.  But what’s so funny about this is they have a Black quarterback, Robert Griffith III, and many are saying Colin Kaepernick, one of the few other Black quarterbacks in the NFL, may be headed to Cleveland — or even Buffalo to replace yet another Black quarterback, Tyrod Taylor.  Are you starting to get the message here . . . that a few desperate NFL teams may even bring in or consider bringing in other over-achieving Black quarterbacks to replace their quarterbacks, but only because the White quarterbacks on the market are so horrific!

Hmmmmm . . . . ?

So Watson must blow the 49er’s away in his interview . . . but this is what Black people have to learn — you can never please most White folks, for long, anyway, whether it’s your performance review at work or you’re trying to be an NFL quarterback.  The so called NFL analyst and talking heads will continue to cast doubt on Watson, the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2016.

Mark my words — it’s not a given that Watson will be drafted in the top three, even though all of these teams need a quarterback.

If you dispute what I’m saying about Watson’s situation, or that Black quarterbacks are not preferred in the NFL, mainly because of racism or the fact that practically all NFL teams would rather have a White quarterback be the “face of the franchise.”   The quarterback is also considered to be the “brains of the operation” or team — and we all know the stereotype that “Black people are less intelligent than White people.”  I you believe race has little or nothing to do with the quarterback position, tell me why the NFL is 75 percent Black and only three to six of the 30 quarterbacks are ever Black?

The numbers just don’t add up.

If Colin Kaepernick were White, he’d still be in San Francisco.  He’s the most qualified quarterback on the open market.  And despite having some ups and downs, like all quarterbacks, he lead his team to a Super Bowl and two NFC Championship games.

I will be positing a statistical study that was done in recent years regarding Black quarterbacks being benched and treated differently than White quarterbacks, but in the mean time, like I said about the 49ers and Kyle Shanahan: the 49ers will only select Deshaun Watson as their first pick in the draft if he “blows them away” . . . mark my words!

Wisconsin BBaller Calls Out Campus Racism

By Walter L. Hilliard III –

So Colin Kaepernick’s courageous stand against police brutality and the mistreatment of Black Americans continues to spread and influence the minds of young people.  Black kids, and some White and Brown kids, are taking a knee and even speaking out against racism.  But most Black pro athletes don’t take a knee or say anything about how Black people are being treated; thus, how ashamed should these grown ass men be when young kids are “taking a knee,” while they are too chicken to do anything.

Nigel Hayes, a senior Wisconsin University basketball player, called out his school’s leaders on Twitter, asking them to step up and take action against the racism minority students are facing.  “Black athletes are loved during competition, but then subjected to racial discrimination in our everyday lives,”he said.  He also mentioned a football game at Wisconsin in October when a fan dressed as a caricature of President Barack Obama (mask) with a noose around his neck.

Sixers Count Sevyn Singer Out For Anthem And Players Ain’t Happy

By Walter L. Hilliard III

So I’m watching NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith doing an interview about the Philadelphia 76ers pulling a Black female R&B singer named Sevyn Streeter from singing the National Anthem minutes before she was set to step on the court. Why?  Because they happened to notice she was wearing a shirt that said “We Matter.”

Maybe you don’t know this but Philadelphia has a racist history, despite the fact that nearly half of the city’s population is Black (44 percent, to be exact).  The city is very segregated.

Sevyn went on social media to tell her story in a video, saying:  “I was angry, extremely, extremely angry, and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,” Streeter said. “Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.”   The Sixer players only discovered what happened later.

During his interview, Smith rambled on about how the Sixer organization has a “right” to do whatever in the hell they want to and that if the players want some of the billions of dollars coming down the pike from the TV contract, they will, and I’m paraphrasing here, shut the hell up so they can just collect their checks.  This “Negroes need to be quiet when the White man is paying them a lot of money” routine is an ongoing theme with Smith, depending on the day because other times he’s talking about the freedom of speech.

Coon Smith needs to realize that this is 2016, not 1816, slavery’s over, and not all Black people are willing to “stay in their place” because the White people who are paying them might get upset.  Seventy-five percent of NBA players are Black and if LeBron James and the rest of the brothas in the league decide they’re unhappy, they can go find new owners for a new league they can form together.  I’m sure new domestic and foreign owners will line up to step in, work out a new TV contract with the player’s approval — and all other NBA-related businesses will follow them to the new league.  The players are the stars, the driving force behind the NBA and sports media, not the NFL’s owners or the ESPN owners Smith “shucks and jives” for.

I remember Mr. Big Mouth wasn’t so tough when he was made to apologize to America for a comment he made about women not provoking men to commit domestic violence.  The comment was taken out of context by a White female analyst on another show, Michelle Beadle of Sports Nation  Beadle went on Social Media and twisted Smith’s words, leading to a firestorm of criticism against Smith.  You should have seen Mr. Tough Guy Smith whimpering and apologizing like a little bitty puppy dog.  But you better believe that if someone Black had twisted his words and got him in trouble, he would have went ballistic.  And the powers that be at ESPN wouldn’t have cared.

When Smith realizes that slavery is over and stops kissing his White bosses asses, he’ll realize that Black people like Nat Turner, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jim Brown, and others spoke up or took action to make things better for the rest of us.  And they absolutely expect us to continue doing the same for those that will follow us.

Remember Mr. Stephen A. Smith, you can run from responsibility, but you can’t hide forever.

Shaquille O’Neal Racially Profiles, Arrests, & Interrogates Kaepernick’s Movement

By Walter L. Hilliard III

Silence speaks loudly, always has, always will.  And Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal never, ever says anything about Black social issues, especially pertaining to the police.  If he has, I haven’t heard it.

Dead Black bodies lie in the streets while Shaq has built a legacy of “hamming it up” on TV like a child — he’s a buffoon, but his net worth is said to be in the neighborhood of $400 million.  Why is he so quiet about Black issues? Does he need another $400 million before he speaks up on behalf of Black America?  I suspect this Manchild doesn’t even know any better and couldn’t string together a coherent thought about Black social justice and racism if wanted to.  And America rewards Black “boys” who know their place, boys like Shaq and Charles “Stephen from ‘Django'” Barkley.  Riff and Raff are always on the ready when the TNT cameras turn on, smiling on cue, “play squabbling,” and jumpin’ up to git in a quick “coon dance” to keep Massa Ernie Johnson Jr. and the TV audience entertained.

Before Shaq was an honorary cop riding around in police cars with his Po-Po brothers, looking like “Bozo the clown” on a ride-along,” this rich Black guy, this NBA Hall of Famer, was born a Black boy to a Black mother and father.  And it was Black people who gave their lives so that he could integrate with White corporate America and make the millions of dollars he has made.

When sports talk host Rich Eisen asked Shaq about Colin Kaepernick’s flag protest, he rambled on and on about the following:  “My father was a military guy so I’m all about the flag and the military . . . has this always been something he wanted to do, because there’s always been social injustice against the African American community since I was a little boy . . . ? Has this always been his thought process . . . ?  When you do things like this, you can offend a lot of people . . . whatever path you choose, make sure you’re passionate about it . . . we as people just need to respect each other  . . . one bad piece of fruit in the fruit basket should never taint the whole fruit basket.”

I would ask Shaq when is the right time to protest, exactly?  In his case it would be never.  In fact, Shaq said everything but “I don’t give a damn about the police shooting no damn Niggaz.”  But we definitely got the message.

It’s also funny that Shaq and Charles Barkley have spoken out on behalf of the gay community, but not Black people. Black people “get their a@$ to kiss.”

Shaq also distanced himself from Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, whose name was Chris Jackson when the two played together at LSU.  Abdul-Rauf also sat  in 1996 during the National Anthem because of his being a devout Muslim (he later made deal with NBA to stand in prayer with his head bowed).   Shaq said, “I only saw Chris on game days . . . I talked to him a couple of months ago . . . it was very, very short.”

Shaq finished up his interview with Eisen promising that if he loses a bet they made regarding his favorite team’s performance this year, he would come to Eisen’s show in a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader suit with pom-poms and a blonde wig and bend over with his butt in Eisen’s face.

Gross!  And what is it with this coon’s proclivity for dressing in wigs and women’s clothing?  He’s done it for years.  Check the Internet.  No wonder so many of young boys think they’re girls.

Yup, Shaq is who you thought he was — a buffoon to the tenth power.

Super Critic Chris Carter Tells Rookies To Have A Fall Guy, ‘An Empty Can Always Makes The Most Noise’

By Walter L. Hilliard III

 

Yes, it’s true – just look around and you’ll see that it’s always “the empty can that makes the most noise,” the one who has “perpetrated a fraud” more than the people they criticize.

Brady Cheats, Minor Criticism, Bonds ‘Allegedly’ Used Steroids And He Suffers ‘Media Lynching’

By Walter L. Hilliard III

 

Barry Bonds suffered a Media Lynching at the hands of the mainstream media for allegedly using steroids, but Tom Brady, who is White, has been treated with “kid gloves” since he’s been accused of cheating, having the equipment guys illegally deflate game footballs to his liking. And we cannot say it’s not that big deal because he’s a quarterback and his entire performance depends on his throwing the football; thus, if he’s specifically changing the game ball to his liking, outside of the rules, that’s wrong.

WNBA’s Brittney Griner Assaults Female Fiance, She’ll Get ‘A Pass’ Because She’s Gay, But Rice Didn’t

Walter L. Hilliard III

Ok, so WNBA star Brittney Griner, who stands 6’8″, assaulted her Black female fiance, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, who is only 6’3″.  However, the cops arrested both of them.  Hmmmm  . . . ?  So, where is the media outrage?  Griner is physically bigger than her girlfriend and I’m sure could do some serious damage.

A Few Quick Mental Notes On Race, Brazil and the World Cup

Brazil, Germany World Cup 2014By Walter L. Hilliard III

 
Like everyone else I watched Brazil get crushed by Germany in the World Cup semi-final, but I’ve always been fascinated by Brazil because 41 percent, almost five million of the 12 million Africans shipped to the Americas (a couple of million died) during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, were taken to Brazil, while only 500,000, about 4 to 6 percent, were sent to what we now call the United States. But there’s no doubt that most Black Americans believe they are the epicenter of the “slavery universe.”

 

So, yes, during the World Cup I enjoyed observing what I would call the “Africaness” — the passion, creativity, strength, intelligence and beauty — of the Brazilians because I used to talk to James Brown and he said I should always feel like “I”m Black and I’m proud.”

 

“Say it loud!”

 

“I”m Black And I’m Proud!”

 

“. . . wit’ yo’ bad self!”

 

So when I see the dark and dark-er skin of the payers, sportin’ Afros and running around on the soccer field with creativity and swag in overdrive, I feel connected to them as a Black American, an African-American.  They are my long lost brothas and sistahs.

 

What’s also interesting about Brazil is they are a country that also struggles with racism, anti-Black racism, in particular.  And you will notice their issues with race if you just “read between the lines.”   But you don’t have to read too deeply because even during the simplest routine occurrences, you can see their issues with race or light and dark skin.  For example, at the beginning of the Germany-Brazil game, there was only one chocolate-skinned child among the Brazilian children who walked the players onto the field during the traditional pregame ceremony.  This example fits the complaints I always read or hear during interviews from brown-skinned Brazilian models that they can’t find work because only the White-looking or light-skinned models are called for the shows.

 

So, let’s just get right to the bottom line of this story:  Black, Brown, and light-skinned minorities of any group that believe and/or practice this form of self-hate – preferring lighter or Whiter skin – are committing a slow, life-long emotional suicide and they have a “disease of the mind” that will spread to their children.  And at the heart of their disease is a weakness that simply says:  “Please, White people, accept me. You are superior, and I am inferior – I will always kiss the ground you walk on, even though you probably don’t respect me.  I, in fact, want to be you.”

 

Wow! How bad is that?

Cuban’s Wrong, ‘One Size Prejudice Doesn’t Fit All,’ And Why Does It Take Cuban, a White Guy, for Other Whites to Admit Prejudice?

Mark Cuban, SterlingBy Walter L. Hilliard III –

 

So Mark Cuban’s at it again, defending the racist, beleaguered Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who made all sorts of racist comments about Blacks and demanded his girlfriend, V. Stiviano (the artist formerly known as Maria Vanessa Perez), who was secretly recording Sterling, not bring Black people like Earvin “Magic” Johnson to Clipper games.  Here’s what Cuban’s saying now:  “We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other . . . . If I see a Black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of . . . . While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control . . . . It’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road because it does my company no good, does my customers no good, does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say, ‘It’s not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else . . . . We’re a lot less tolerant of different views and it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt or adapt or evolve. ”

 

So Cuban’s logic is no different than George Zimmerman’s, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, because Cuban, like Zimmerman, says he would react in a racist manner to a Black kid in a hoodie and cross the street. Cuban sees Martin as a threat like Zimmerman does, so what if Cuban happened to have a gun and didn’t have the time or desire to cross the street? Obviously, he may have also shot Martin.

 

Geese!

 

Okay, a quick lesson on race:  Black people call out racism all the time because we are born, bread and raised to develop and sharpen our instinctive survival skills as victims of anti-Black racism, especially the racism coming from White folks, the dominant American culture, who’s history we are taught, banks we deal with, TV shows and movies we watch, teachers we’re taught by, and they, Whites, are the bosses we deal with.  Thus, Black people live in a predominantly White country and understand Whites very well.

 

On the other hand, White people can go their entire lives and never have to deal with a Black person face to face for a bank loan, in the workplace, or otherwise.  But even for those Whites that are around Blacks, they don’t have to focus on those Black people’s feelings because they’re White, they have power and/or White privilege.  And it’s funny that it apparently takes Mark Cuban to confess that he is prejudiced, really racist (“racial prejudice,” same difference), for White America to “come out of the closet” and support Cuban and admit to their own racism. But, again, Black people have been telling White America they are racist — and that they need to do something about it — for 400 years.

 

If it walks like a duck . . . .

 

Yes, Mark Cuban is a racist because he said he’d cross the street if a Black kid was coming towards him in a hoodie, and he is committing another racist act by repeatedly defending the racist Donald Sterling because, I believe, he himself has “racial skeletons” in his closet – and Sterling, who has been a mentor to Cuban and others when they purchased their NBA teams, may have the dirt on Cuban and some of the other owners talking in a racist manner or practicing racist acts. This is why Cuban, who is a brilliant business man but not so smart when it comes to issues of race, is trying to get out ahead of any negative information regarding his own history so he can say, “Well, I told you I was prejudiced, too, all of us are.”

 

And the media is buying Cuban’s “we are all prejudiced” comments, calling him “candid,” “honest,” and “open,” as if he’s doing America a favor.

 

I agree that some racist deserve a shot at being rehabilitated, but there’s no guarantee they’ll be rehabbed, so we have to ask ourselves what is the risk of letting a racist have a second shot in the workplace or as an owner of a team? What checks or criteria will we have in place for an individual who may or may not be able to be rehabbed?

 

Sterling has too much power to allow his racist views to run amok and destroy more minority lives, such as he was able to do in the case of Elgin Baylor, a former Clipper executive who lost his discrimination lawsuit against Sterling. But let’s also not forget the threat Sterling and his racism is to his Clipper players, to Black employees in his team’s administrative offices or even minority contractors who may lose out on getting his business because of his racist views.

 

But subtle racism – whether the individual is conscious of it or not – is more widespread but harder to identify. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said as much: “But we ought not find contentment in the fact that these high-profile expressions of outright bigotry seem atypical and were met with such swift condemnation. Because if we focus solely on these incidents — on outlandish statements that capture national attention and spark outrage on Facebook and Twitter — we are likely to miss the more hidden, and more troubling, reality behind the headlines.

 

“These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done — because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized.”

 

Cuban has established a negative pattern of supporting Sterling and has even had to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s – the teen wearing a hoodie gunned down by George Zimmerman – family, saying he should have used a different example. I agree because any Black man should be able to wear a hoodie and go wherever he wants to, just like any White man should be able to do.

 

The other problem with Cuban’s comments is that he’s using an old defensiveness tactic – “We all can be racist, we all can be prejudice” – that most Whites use when Blacks bring up racism because they don’t want to hear it and don’t want to feel guilty. “You’re playing the Race Card,” they tell Blacks. But the problem is that there is a living, breathing history of racial discrimination that costs Black people their jobs and lives everyday.

 

No, Mr. Cuban — Black people cannot be racist.  They do not have the power, including a history of institutional racism, to carryout any prejudice they may have and discriminate against White America on any significant level.  And Blacks are the victims of racism, not the perpetrators, so they should be angry, and some may hate Whites — but that’s because they’ve been abused.  Anyone being abused has a right to be angry.  And when you start denying a people, Black people, the right to be angry, well, that’s just inhumane.