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Black NBA Players Need ‘Race On the Platter to Act’ – Then Back to Neglecting Black Masses

Stiviano, SterlingBy Walter L. Hilliard III


After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling because of his racist remarks about not wanting her to bring Blacks, including Ervin “Magic” Johnson, at games, NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neil said he gave Commissioner Adam Silver an A+; fellow analyst Kenny Smith said his instinct about how wonderful Silver was was correct; and Charles Barkley said “Wow!”



But nobody, initially, including most of the media and the players, through their rep Kevin Johnson, a former player and current mayor of Sacramento, California, demanded Sterling had to go, and if he did not, players and fans would begin protesting.




The reality is that the players, all 360 to 450 – depending on how many each teams carries, which can be 12 to 15 at any given time – are responsible for the league even existing. Yes, the greatest players in the world make it possible for not only the owners to make the money they make, especially from fans and TV contracts, but these mostly Black players, who make up about 80 percent of the league, are also making it possible for the NBA’s league office staff, which is only about 18 percent Black, to make a great living. It’s a situation that’s really no different than African slaves, who could physically deal with the sun’s excessive heat and resist disease, building America’s wealth by working in the tobacco and cotton fields for 18 hours a day.




However, what’s fascinating is it’s so easy for Black NBA players and the media to rally and criticize an overt racist owner like Sterling, but they never organize to speak up about anti-Black racism or social issues devastating the Black communities that produced and supported them when they were “broke nobodies.” And although many followed Miami Heat star LeBron James in honoring Trayvon Martin’s death by posting pictures in hoodies online, the effort was really weak because they continue to not put their money where their mouth is or go into these communities and support Black youth in curbing gun violence, poverty and unemployment.




But I must say it’s pretty funny to see bougie Blacks like Kevin Johnson speaking out against racism when he and his wife, Michelle Rhee, the former D.C. School head (and the woman who fired tons of Black teachers) are charter school proponents. Charter schools are typically privately owned business enterprises sucking funds out of the public or inner city school system, hundreds of which have been closed.




So the fact is that these Black “all of a sudden yaw want to fight racism” players are only demanding Sterling’s removal because he’s belittling them and their NBA Brothers, most of whom are rich, but they rarely have much to say about racism the rest of Black folks face in everyday life. Why haven’t they – along with Black entertainers – organized and attacked President Barack Obama to do something about the shootings and murders going on in Chicago and other major and minor cities? Why haven’t they organized and demanded Obama do something about double-Black unemployment, or the Prison Industrial Complex, or . . . well, you get the picture.




And why is it that the richest, most powerful Blacks are always the most scared group of Black people? Some say because they have the most to lose because they think White folks will take their money or halt their endorsements and other opportunities; however, nobody is really going into their bank accounts, and their whole “game” is about selfishness, not the well-being of the Black masses.




Point made.


Kobe Bryant Proud He Didn’t Support Trayvon Martin

Kobe BryantBy Walter L. Hilliard III –


So Kobe “I Really, Really, Reaaaaaaalllly Do Love Myself” Bryant recently accused the World Champion Miami Heat and Black people, collectively, of having a “racial reaction” because we, in his mind, hastily sided with Trayvon Martin over Killer George Zimmerman and didn’t analyze the evidence.


His exact comments were (by the way, where was his agent? somebody needed to stop this train wreck): “I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American.  That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well… then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”


So, in other words, what Kobe “Never Says Anything About The Black Community Unless He’s Criticizing Us” Bryant is really saying is that he believes Black people shouldn’t have supported Trayvon Martin’s cause just because he’s Black — and we need to get our facts straight, first.


First of all, I have watched sports my entire life and I have never seen Bryant say anything about anti-Black racism or any pro-Black cause, but he’s always running off at the mouth to support the gay community. I even saw a picture of him with some gay rainbow bracelet on, pushing their cause, which is really about proliferating Black genocide. All this and he even had to apologize to the gay community for calling a referee a “faggot” during a game.


Thus, Bryant he has no credibility to speak on Martin’s issues – unless he’s begging Black folks to forgive him for “riding free” on the backs of all the Black people that have sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears — their lives — so he can make millions of dollars and sit up in his mansion and talk smack.


Secondly, Bryant is a narcissist, only concerned about “KOBE.” Take for example when he “threw former teammate Shaquille O’Neil under the bus.” Bryant told the police, after he got arrested for supposedly raping a White chick in his hotel room, he should have just did what O’Neil did and paid the woman off  – like a “side piece” is what he really meant.  So Bryant’s also a snitch, but he’s a juvenile delinquent snitch, a second rate snitch because real brotha’s stop telling others that they witnessed stupid “I saw Val kissing Tyrone”- type stuuff in the second grade.


Tyrone from the second grade: Penny, I wasn’t kissing Val. Who told you that?


Penny: Kobe.


And since Bryant needs evidence to make a decision and doesn’t want to support someone because they’re Black (duhhh, like this is what all Black people do?), then why doesn’t he go back to school and learn his history, the history of African Americans suffering for several centuries from racism and oppression?


Additionally, I’m aware Bryant spent part of his childhood in Italy where his dad, former Philadelphia 76er Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, played professional ball after his NBA career was over, but I thought every Black child that spent anytime in America, especially brothas, has experienced being racially profiled like Trayvon Martin was, from being followed by security at the mall to be being stopped by the police?


So to understand Bryant’s dumb comments, all you have to do is look past his great basketball skills and millionaire status – which a lot of Black people have a hard time doing – and you’ll see an ego maniac who didn’t marry a Black woman, never speaks out about racism, and even squealed on his teammate, Shaq, about his infidelities when “he”/Kobe was the one that got busted and accused of rape for hooking up with some random White chick who worked at the hotel he was staying at.  in a hotel and accused of rape.  (Man, most brothas making that kind of money would have seen that “slow ball” coming a mile away — calling a random White girl to your room, only to later get accused of rape, huh?).


Bryant is taking advantage of yet another opportunity to single himself out, or distance himself from the Black community regarding Martin’s death, showing the world what an Uncle Tom he is. Why would he degrade Martin’s memory, a teenaged child, gunned down while trying to get home from buying Skittles and an iced tea?


Why? Because Martin is Black and his life doesn’t count, and Bryant likes to appear like he’s “different,” like he’s “better” or smarter than your average Black person. But he’s not – the Black community’s has had Uncle Toms for 400 years. And so he’s just another rich Black athlete with an Uncle Tom mind.




NBA’s Commish, Silver, Tells LeBron James to Ditch Black Mask, Scaring White Folks LikeTrayvon’s Hoodie

LeBron MaskBy Walter L. Hilliard III –

I recently wrote about Adam Silver taking over for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who had run the league like a plantation master.


Now Silver is putting his racist stamp on the league, practicing the same White Paternalism David Stern did by telling the Miami Heat’s LeBron James to stop wearing the black mask he’s been wearing to protect his broken nose. James was instructed to wear something clear, which would allow fans to see his face.


“It’s not a league rule, but it’s the league’s request that you don’t wear the black one,” said James. “The reasons they told me didn’t make sense to me, but I’m just a player. I will abide by the request.” Of course you will, what else would a slave – with a slave mentality – do?  LeBron added, ‘You look very menacing,’ to ‘You look like a superhero,’ to ‘You look amazing.’”


It’s the old “You’re scaring White people” trick, reflecting White America’s perverse racial profiling of Blacks, but especially Black men. It’s suspected some White fans complained and we all know that Silver, like his pappy Stern, will do everything he can to keep the Niggraz in their place, protecting his NBA Plantation business.


But the much deeper issue, the issue I’ve seen no one discuss, is that this is related to the Trayvon Martin case and American racism, in general, particularly in regards to Black men being under constant suspicion and surveillance because they are dangerous, they are a threat. And Jame’s mask conjures up fear across America’s “fruited TV plains.”


Plain and simple!


Heat teammate, Dwayne Wade said, “I told him [LeBron] after Thursday’s game, ‘You have fun, because it [wearing the mask] ain’t happening the next game. ”


But what I can’t understand is that Silver and Stern are Jewish, and would never permit anti-semitism, right? So, then, why do they practice anti-Black racism against the very players that made them rich?


Go figure? Is it that . . . maybe . . . just maybe, they hate Black people, too?


Imagine that, to be Jewish and racist . . . hmmmmm?









NBA’s New Commissioner Adam Silver’s ‘Black Player’ Age Limit Is White Paternalism and Discrimination for Profit

SilverBy Walter L. Hilliard III –


Back in 2005, as former NBA Commissioner David Stern was pushing for the NBA age limit with the players union, then Indiana Pacers center Jermaine O’Neal, who was drafted straight out of high school in 1996, stated: “In the last two or three years, the rookie of the year has a been a high school player. There were seven high school players in the All-Star game, so why we even talking an age limit?” O’Neal was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Portland Trail Blazers.


“As a black guy, you kind of think that’s the reason why it’s coming up. You don’t hear about it in baseball or hockey. To say you have to be 20, 21 to get in the league, it’s unconstitutional. If I can go to the U.S. army and fight the war at 18, why can’t you play basketball for 48 minutes?”

So here we are again and new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is getting right down to business and continuing his predecessor’s, David Stern, White paternalism, trying to increase what amounts to a “Black player” age limit for poor Black kids that happen to be talented basketball players.


It’s okay to start a family and go to war or adult prison at 18, but you can’t play in Adam Silver’s “professional” basketball league?


I might be crazy but I thought America was supposed to be the land of opportunity, however, Black NBA prospects are being singled out with age restrictions because their sport is predominantly Black, and we know there’s nothing worse to the White sports media and fans than some Black ‘hood kid striking it rich in the NBA draft, stirring up jealousy and feelings that somehow a poor Black kid doesn’t deserve to get so much money so early in life. Nonetheless, no one calls for an age limit in predominantly White sports like golf, tennis, baseball, hockey, etc. In fact, you can go pro before finishing high school in some of these sports. Only when Black NFLers or NBAers are concerned is there this kind of discrimination.


And leading the “media marketing anti-Black” charge are the usual suspects, inncluding Uncle Tom Charles Barkley, a “David Stern a*#-kisser.” This foot-dragging, bumbling country fried coon has established a reputation for running out and telling Black people to “shut up” any time someone says something racist. And he’s so bad that he even blamed Trayvon Martin for his own death, during his media “anti-Trayvon Martin” media tour.

Stern and Silver have been saying that they want more mature, NBA-talent-ready prospects that will improve the college (because they cannot leave college right away) and NBA game. But this issue should have nothing to do with a player coming out of high school being “ready” or emotionally mature or to improve the college and NBA game. This is America. The NBA is trying to put in a discriminatory age limit to cover for their lack of ability or talent to draft the best prospects, so their concern are young players turning into flops., as well as racism. But consider the case of NBA players like LeBron James, Tracey McGrady, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant – all drafted out of high school before the current age limit was instituted.


So it doesn’t look good for NBA prospects.


It will also be of critical importance for players of all races at NCAA Division I schools to join the union movement initiated by Northwestern football players and push for compensation during their college Basketball Slavery years because if they don’t make the the professional ranks, their careers are over.


And we all know the graduation rates for Black players at these major schools hovers around 30 to 40 percent. But by the time these players reach college, they have been “drawn out” – mentally – by their AAU coaches, recruiters, and others seeking to profit off of their talents so most of them will not be looking to “get paid” in college unless the union movement sweeps them up and they then see the potential. Not to mention how difficult it will be to break away from the control of their coaches and athlete directors, who can threaten their scholarships.


It’s time for NBA players to stop allowing themselves to be led around by their agents and develop some sense of a Black Social Consciousness. The have no trouble doing NBA Cares commercials, but where are the NBA Cares for poor Back kids in the Neighborhoods they Come from Commercial?



Andre Reed, My Fellow Kutztown Golden Bear Goes Into the NFL Hall of Fame

Andre ReedBy Walter L. Hilliard III –

Kutztown University, one of Pennsylvania’s State University member schools, sits quietly nestled right in between Reading, Pa, known for its famous shopping outlets, and Billy Joel’s “Allentown,” Pa. It’s a beautiful school that welcomed me, took me in in the 1980s and nurtured me, helped me become a man after I had left home, Harrisburg, Pa, the state capital, for the first time in my life. It was a wonderful experience and no one can ever take away one of my greatest accomplishments, earning my bachelors degree.

Well, Kutztown recently ran to the forefront of my mind because I was watching television, I believe the NFL Network and their report about a feud between NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and Hall candidate Michael Strahan. Sapp was belittling Strahan in the media, saying he didn’t deserve to get into the Hall. However, the mention of Andre Reed, the ex-wide receiver of the Buffalo Bills, also being on a long list of Hall candidates is what caught my attention because I attended Kutztown University when Reed did and got to know him.

Well, over the next couple of days, I found out that Reed made the cut and was elected to the Hall, along with Strahan and others.

Happy for Reed, I had to take a moment to think about my time at Kutztown, and how I came to know Andre. What sticks out most in my memory is that Andre is one of the nicest, coolest people I have ever known. He was confident but not cocky and I never saw him mistreat anyone, and he always had a smile draped across his face.

When I was a young student at Kutztown University in the 1980s, Reed was already there and I got to know him hanging out around the basketball gym and dorms. In fact, one of my memories of him is him rolling over to my dorm room asking to borrow my shampoo. Now I kind of feel like he owes me money, you know, being that he made all that NFL cash and is now going into the Hall of Fame (lol).

I also remember being a bit dumbfounded and in disbelief one day, sitting around the gym waiting for the next pick up game, when Andre casually mentions to me that several NFL teams were evaluating him. In fact, I said, “you’re lying,” and laughed. But he looked me right in the eyes and confidently said he was serious, and elaborated. I can remember the exact moment. Sure, everyone had been talking about what a great football player he was, but I hadn’t been to any football games.

I had my own visions athletic grandeur at Kutztown, being a freshmen basketball player on a varsity team (no freshmen team), but after the new coach Bob Valvano — brother of the great Jim Valvano, whose N.C. State team won a national championship over Hakim Olajuwan’s Houston team — followed through on his announcement that freshmen would not play much, I was  disappointed after a season of warming the bench, long practices, and dressing for mostly home games.  However, I trained hard before the beginning of my sophomore year, and expected to make a big splash on the court, but ended up breaking my wrist the very first day of training, leaving basketball behind for good.  Nonetheless, I felt a little better after a long healing process, a track and field stint (ended in injury), and leading my intramural team to an undefeated championship over a league full of ex-basketball players.

But I digress.

So, intrigued by what Andre had said about his being an NFL prospect, I made it a point to check out one of his home games and I was very impressed. I knew he was athletic because during pick up games, he could jump to the sky, and he was fast, but he also ran track. When I watched his game that day, I had never seen anyone on a football field jump so high to catch passes; he was amazing. But what I really respected about him was his work ethic. He spent a lot of time tracking back and forth to the weight room with the huge power lifters, his weight belt in hand, like clockwork. Kutztown had actually been known as a great power-lifting, art, and, well, party school during that era.

But there’s one more story I’d like to tell about Andre, about how I begged him to hook me up with his beautiful sister.   What did she look like?  Uhmmm, let’s just say she could stand next to an unknown Vanessa Williams and hold her own.  I mean, this “slim goody” had, like, green eyes (maybe they were just light-colored, bear with me, it was a long time ago), and curly hair. I happened to only meet her once, but I can’t even remember how; I believe she was just hanging out with Andre, walking around during a visit, and I asked Andre to hook me up a couple of times, of course after she was gone, although Allentown, their hometown, was 20 minutes up the road. I remember him laughing but agreeing to “hook a Brotha up,” however, it never happened. Imagine that, would you hook your sister up with a crazed college student foaming at the mouth? Probably not. And after that I used to ask Andre about her and he’d say something like, “yeah, I’ll talk to her,” and let you know.”

Well, you win some, you lose some. Nonetheless, CONGRATS to Andre; no one is more deserving.





Allen “AI” Iverson Retires, A Career Forced to End Too Soon, Like Far Too Many Black Athletes

IversonBy Walter L. Hilliard III

Born June 7th, 1975 to a 1-year-old single-parent mother, drafted in 1996, Allen “A.I.” Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star, four-time NBA scoring champion, 1997 Rookie of the Year, and twice was the league’s Most Valuable Player. The leagues current best player and the only rival to Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time, LeBron James, says Iverson was probably pound-for-pound the greatest NBA player ever, only 6’0,” 6’1” tall.

I can only remember ever buying one pro athlete’s jersey or T-Shirt with their name and number on it and that athlete’s jersey was Iverson’s, number three.

Every time I heard stories about Iverson in recent years, the media talked about how he was trying to make a comeback to the NBA, but there were no takers, and I thought of Terrell “TO” Owens, Randy Moss, Donovan McNabb, Randall Cunningham, Kordell Steward, and a host of other Black players, some controversial and some not – but all victims of racial profiling and “disallowed,” blacklisted from either being given a legitimate chance to play or start on their own team or another team after they had been traded and things didn’t work out. Some of these athletes seemed to have sealed their fates with their teams and the media (TV, sports talk radio, blogs, etc.), a media that can also ruin a player’s reputation because they were outspoken and labeled as poster children for bad behavior at some point. The media Black-male “poster-izers” labeled Owens the ultimate bad, self-absorbed teammate; Moss was a derelict, a thug; AI was portrayed as a defiant, weed-smoking derelict who couldn’t control what the media called his posse, whether they were wrecking his cars, or simply attending a game with him. As far as the White players and their friends, well, that’s what they were called, “friends,” not a gang or posse.

But you really know media stereotypes, the “poster-izations,” are operating or playing a role in the ending of many of the careers of Black athletes when you look at situations like that of Donovan McNabb or Warren Moon or Randall Cunningham), who was the ultimate company boy while a Philadelphia Eagle, always backing up his coach, staying out of trouble, taking the Eagles to five NFC championship games and a super bowl. He also made it to six Pro Bowls.

Mike Shanahan was the coach of the Washington Redskins when McNabb was traded there and he organization totally disrespected him, refused to rework their offense around his long-pass skill set, and intentionally leaked lies to the press that he was lazy (out of shape), couldn’t grasp their offense (he’s dumb) – issues he had never been accused of his entire career.

At the end of his career, Cunningham even broke passing records with Randy Moss when they both played for the Minnesota Vikings and yet he was gone not long after that, the next season. Kordell Stewart, who talked about how he had his his team in the AFC championship game one year and was on the bench and out of football a year later. Complained about his situation only after he was long gone from the league.

Iverson was also treated like a “nobody” when his skills dropped off, too, but what he had lost, most NBA players never even had. He was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons, the Memphis Grizzlies, and then back to the 76ers, officially, to retire. And it wasn’t only White coaches that mistreated him, not trying to support his changing, but still good, skill set, Lionel Hollins, the Black coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, who signed him to a one year contract in 2009 when he was 34 years old benched Iverson. However, Iverson refused to accept this his coming- off-of-the-bench role for a struggling team because felt he was being degraded. He could still drop 30 on you, but he was also an exceptional passer, able to still make defenders respect his quickness and ability to get to the basket – and then dish the ball out for open teammates.

What I love most about Allen Iverson is that he displayed a defiance similar to that of Muhammad Ali, but without calling out the racist terms by which he was being judged, his hair was always ghetto fabulously in corn rolls/braids, he always sported the illest hip hop gear, and kept his hat tilted to the side with his doo-rag peaking out.

Iverson’s resistance stands out like no other contemporary athlete’s because he draped himself in hip hop, the voice of the ghetto streets, when no one else would. He rapped using controversial lyrics, embraced his childhood buddies when everyone was trying to get him to leave them behind – even to a fault, and he defied Plantation Overseer David Stern, the NBA commissioner, who’s subtle racism targeted Iverson by implementing a dress code and even attacked his crossover dribble with a new rule. He never forgot where he came from and you cannot name a player that gave more of an effort, left his body, heart, and soul on the floor, being knocked down (but getting up) more than any player I can ever remember seeing. And all this, despite being 6’1” and rail-then.

Not every Black man or woman chooses to be as outspoken as Muhammad Ali, but of those who let you know they would stand by their people, their community, their beliefs, without saying it formally, no one did any better than Iverson. And what I also loved about him is he was the opposite of the self-absorbed Uncle Tom Michael Jordan, the Nike Boy, who said “Republicans buy sneakers, too” when the community tried to get him to support a Black candidate running against the racist Jesse Helms

Contemporary athletes, including their predecessor Dr. J, are more worried about their brand, David Sterns NBA brand, and how the public and sports media perceives them than they are about being themselves or speaking out on behalf of the Black community that helped make them who they are. Practically all Black athletes are like puppets, playing the public relations game exceptionally well. This goes for the ones that get into trouble, too, because they’re just behaving badly, but they don’t identify with Black people, their Blackness, unless they get into trouble, then it may be “It’s because I’m Black.”

Iverson let the world know he was a mamma’s boy and he loved and spent time with his kids, who were often sitting on his lap during post-game interviews.

Iverson had the biggest competitive heart in the history of the game. I can remember how he even led his 76ers to the 2001 NBA Championship and a victory in Game One over the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers, only to lose the next four games and the series.

Happy Retirement, A.I.! You really are Da Best!!!!


NBA’s David Stern Retires, White Guy Given Job, Blacks Need Not Apply

SternSo NBA Commissioner David Stern has retired and his “cup runneth over” with compliments from those among the mainstream and sports media. However, I’ve always viewed Stern as a plantation owner, even though he doesn’t “own” the league he does run it, and he has presided over the NBA, which is about 70 percent Black, with a “my way or the highway” mentality, systematically handing out fines to anyone who refused to comply with his wishes or “his” rules.   Stern also and he treated the Black players like “boys” during their dispute with the elitist owners and their money grab, helping the owners take billions out of the player’s pockets after they previously had a deal.    But it’s the players fault for not being committed to the long haul.


Stern also engineered a “White European player invasion” and set an age requirement to keep young (Black) American players out of the league in an attempt to change the NBA’s demographics.  The problem was that not only was Stern being racist, White America was getting upset about so many young Black players making too much money and flaunting it — at least in their eyes.


I don’t know about you but when I first saw the face of Stern’s replacement, Adam Silver, the son of a law firm partner (can you say “elitist,” anyone?), I thought: “Yet another White man controlling Blacks (and Silver is one of over 10 Jews in top executive positions under Stern in the league office; see the NAACP’s history for these “kind” of roots), whose talents generate billions.  Silver will also be grooming another non-Black, Mark Tatum, to replace him when his career runs its course.


So, let’s go into more detail in regards to why I feel like I do about Stern.


In 2010-2011, the NBA pulled in about $3.8 billion in revenues. Newly retired NBA Commissioner David Stern was making between $20-$23 million a year and his net worth is believed to be in the neighborhood of $140 million. Not bad for the overseer of the NBA plantation.


Well, nobody’s crying for the NBA players who, on average, pull in over $5 million a year, however, that’s an average that’s high because of the few league stars making tens of millions of dollars and the average player career is only two to three years long.


Stern headed the league for 30 years and is highly regarded as far as major sport commissioners go, especially because about one-third of NBA head coaching positions are usually held by Blacks.


But I’ve never give Stern much credit or a pass on race because he has committed some very racist acts in my opinion.


Stern is more of a covert racist. No, he’s not an overt “KKK-type” racist, but a more subtle racist, the kind with the superiority complex that is just as indicative of White supremacy as is that of the overt racist. Stern likes to run his league like a plantation owner who identifies Good Black players/people and Bad Black players, the kind who don’t “listen” and act like Niggraz. An example of one of Stern’s good Negroes would be Michael Jordan, the former icon, Kobe Bryant, until he was accused of raping a White girl, LeBron James, and Keven Durant. These Negroes keep quiet, play with the little White kids in “NBA Cares” commercials, and wouldn’t be caught dead talking about racism or the plight of Black people. Sure, LeBron honored Trayvon Martin with his team “hoodie” photo, but that was safe to do by that time.


A Bad Negro would be Ron Artest, in Stern’s opinion:


Take the brawl that happened on November 19th, 2004 between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers at The Palace at Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Ron Artest had gotten into an altercation with the Piston’s Ben Wallace, but they were separated and Artest sat on the scorers table to calm down and defuse the situation (which is what most people would have done if you happened to piss off the the “Hulk”-sized Wallace). Stern suspended Artest for 73 games and he lost $5 million. This was in line with the cruel and unusual punishment Black men usually get in the American court system or the Court of Public Opinion.


Nine players ended up losing $11 million in fines because of being suspended for 146 games by Stern. Were was his sympathy for fans harassing players, including using racial epithets? And because Artest wa hit with a cup, why couldn’t he have been more lenient or understanding?


Because the players are Black, stupid.


By the way, the guy that threw the cup and hit Artest, John Green, who was on probation, had a criminal record that included: counterfeiting, carrying a concealed weapon, three drunken driving convictions, and felony assault,


There are about 75 foreign players in the NBA and adding the number of White foreign players (and not all foreign players are White) with the roughly 40 or so White American born NBA players, the league usually has anywhere from 22 to 25 percent of its players who are White. Stern would call his effort to diversify the league with foreign players “globalization” but we all know what he’s trying to do, which will be continued by his predecessors. He has sent his players overseas to do camps and public relations since I can remember, which means he’s always been worried about the league being “too Black” after he took over from Lawrence O’Brien. Not to mention that when you watch an NBA game most of the cheerleaders and game administrators are White. And what about the thousands making a living off of the talent of these Black players – particularly the concession stand owners, as well as the administrative staff of the 30 teams.


As far as the 19-year-old age required to enter the NBA draft – or you must be one year removed from high school if you’re not a foreign-born player – is anti-Black American. No one ever complains about young teens in tennis, baseball, hockey or golf teenagers turning pro because these athletes are predominantly White. Yet the NFL, which is also predominantly Black, and the NBA have age requirements. If you can start a family and go to war at 18 then you should be able to play in the NBA.


Stern also attacked Hip Hop by going after former NBA player Allen Iverson for rap lyrics the commissioner found inappropriate and because of Iverson would sport Hip Hop gear to and from games. Stern actually changed the NBA’s dress code and banned the Hip Hop gear.


Stern: “Nigrra, you be down, you stay down.” Just like the inhuman “Three Strikes Law” of Bill Clinton, Black people will always suffer inhumane or disproportionate punishment.


Why hasn’t Uncle Tom, and Stern-Chief-A*^ kisser” Charles Barkley said anything about a Black man not becoming the next NBA commissioner? Well, because he’s an Uncle Tom, only to open his big mouth to shout down and kick Black people in the behind when we complain about all the racist he runs out to defend. Yes, he even said the jury made the right decision in freeing Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George “Walking Around With Guns” Zimmerman.


Yes, “Black people, you be down . . . you stay down!”






Basketball Crimestopper

By Walter L. Hilliard III

Some time ago, I caught something quite disturbing to me — a story about a high school basketball player.

His name is Aquille Carr, a 5’8″ Bball artist, extraordinaire, racially profiled and I.D.’d as the Crime Stopper by his own people because, according to the CNN report I was watching, crime in the area stops when he plays. Even criminals like drug dealers halt their illegal activities to go watch him take his Ball Brush and paint yet another masterpiece on the basketball court.

Well, I suppose a basketball player everyone loves to watch can be a Crime Stopper?

But my question?  Was CNN glamorizing black pathology by showcasing a Black kid that even the police credit for crime in the neighborhood dropping 40 percent when he plays?

A native of East Baltimore and already a new father, Carr has already been profiled in GQ Magazine when he was only in junior in high school.

But what was also disappointing about the piece was the large number of parents standing on the outdoor basketball court watching the kids play, parents hoping their kids make the NBA; however, I doubt that this same number of parents show up at school PTA meetings.

Lastly, as if things could get any worse with this story, I was aghast when I watched Carr being introduced before a game and have his teammates pat him down like a cop patting down a suspect he’s about to arrest.


Yes, really!

NBA Slaves Ran From Plantation, But Didn’t Get Far

By Walter L. Hilliard III


Black people can never stick together.   (The more honest among us know exactly what I’m talking about so we’ll move on.)


So it was of no surprise that the NBA players finally gave in to their plantation owners and punk, House Negro owner Michael Jordan.  Just read Jordan’s record and history of “No’s” when he has been asked to do something on behalf of Black people concerning sports or beyond sports.


The owner bullies got over on the players once again – even though Jordan wanted even more money than the $3 billion the owners robbed the players of.


What really happened here was that the runaway basketball slaves ran so far away from the NBA plantation that some of them started to get scared, particularly those who think like one of the leagues top House Negro slaves, Kobe Bryant, who always looks out for “self,” just like he was doing when he squealed on Shaq as a womanizer after he got busted for banging, or allegedly raping, the hotel help.


What it all came down to was the NBA players union head Billy Hunter and NBA ironman Derrick Fisher saw the handwriting on the walls: most of the NBA slaves were used to the plantation and when freedom was in sight, freedom that would require some sacrifice, some missed paychecks, the scared slaves started revolting and demanded they all go back to the plantation.


And not only were the NBA team plantation owners participating in the hunt, so were the fans and NBA ancillary Business Hounds.  Yup, it was too scary, cold, dark and dirty out in the woods, and the fans and Business Hounds were fast approaching the NBA slaves with “barks of criticism,” trying to scare them into returning to the NBA plantation.   But let’s be real, these Business Hounds were mainly composed of the predominantly White business owners, including food stand owners, contractors, etc., that make money off of the players, just as was the case during slavery when everyone made money, including poor Whites, off of the slaves responsible for picking the cotton.  You see it’s the players talent who draws in the fans, the huge TV contracts, endorsement deals, coaches, and so on.  It’s also the players that do the traveling, the practicing, and take the mainstream media ridicule, including being racially profiled as dumb, overpaid jocks.


Hunter and the players “were” modern day business role models for Black people, Black people who are always taken advantage of in a society built on institutional racism, just for standing up and fighting for what they believe in.  No, they are not heroes on the level of single mothers and fathers or those fighting for justice, and definitely not on the level of Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos, who all confronted overt racism in the 1960s on behalf of the well-being of all Black people.


The NBA players came down from the 57 percent of the league revenues that they get to 50 percent, with the seven percent going to owners who were getting 43 percent since the previous collective bargaining agreement all agreed to.  These players and Billy Hunter showed they have no heart . . . well, they showed some heart by fighting back a little bit, until, again, they were going to start missing checks.  But the owners knew all along they would win.


I mean, if you have a collective bargaining agreement in place that gives you 57 percent of the revenues and you allow the owners to void the contract and force you to give up $3 billion bucks over 10 years, you’re a coward.  To hell with the blabber mouths like Stephen A. Smith and all the jobs that could be lost because Black people are frozen out of most of these jobs anyway, and the owners are the ones that should be held accountable.


Uncle Toms like Stephen A. Smith have no vision for Black people and he served as one of the clueless mouthpieces constantly trotted out by the White sports media to bad mouth the mostly Black NBA players that the sports media racially profiles on a daily basis and hates to see these young Black players making more money than them anyway.


The funny thing is that the White sports media labeled the NBA lockout as millionaires (players; mostly Black) versus billionaires (all White, except Jordan), but they never said that about the White coaches who make millions or the young White guys on Wall Street – at least until those morons wrecked the American economy.   And most NBA players don’t make the money the stars make, and their careers will be over in about three years.  Sports Illustrated, who has a long checkered history of racially profiling Black athletes (see their stories on Black athletes and how many kids they have), reports that about 65 percent of NBA players are broke three years after retiring.


Maybe the hardest thing in life for a Black man to do is address racism publicly in America because you will be crucified by the media and the people, in general.  And although the players didn’t really get into blaming racism regarding their issues, they knew it and felt it.


A few players were vocal.  But there’s nothing like playin’ with somebody’s money to get them to start speaking up and standing up, huh?


Most people in the United States and the world criticize Black people for not standing up enough against racism since the Civil Rights Movement, easily our greatest shining moment in the last century or possibly ever.  And in the case of Black professional athletes, as I’ve touched on, the media has cast them as dumb, only concerned about spending their money, and undeserving.  David Stern, feeding off of these negative stereotypes and coddling what he believes to be his overly important White fan base, even came up with stipulations and age limits so high school and some college players couldn’t go directly to the NBA, something unheard of in sports dominated by Whites, like professional tennis, hockey, golf, and baseball.


Next move, for all of us – get involved with the occupy Wall Street Movement.  You know things are bad when White folks are complaining.  But just imagine how upset they’d be if they had to live life as Black people?

Randy Moss Run Out Of The NFL

By Walter L. Hilliard III

“When you do a good job, you want to feel like you’re appreciated.  I don’t feel like I’m appreciated.”

This is what Randi Moss told the media.  He simply spoke his mind and the media crucified him for it.

But retire?  I think he should have kept fighting, and proved his critics wrong.

Moss, the NFL leader in touchdown catches, retired today.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?

Well, you’ll never hear the truth if you listen to the sports media because they’re the one’s who created Moss’s negative image, leading the best teams, teams Moss wanted to play for, to not give him a shot.  And when he did get chances his last couple of years, teams did not throw to him much or try to put him in a position to succeed because they had a negative perception of him as being arrogant and selfish.

Sure, I remember acting Moss acting like he was wiping his behind against the goal post in Green Bay after fans ridiculed him, like so many around the league did, mainly because the media always depicted him negatively.

Why would Moss, or other controversial Black athletes, do such things?  Because they feel cornered and abused by the mainstream media and the fans that feed off of the negative stories about them.  And what most people don’t understand is that Black men have been abused so much that they, or many, are often going to get to a point where they feel they have to strike back.  The are very aware of the injustice that occurs on a nightly basis when mostly White sports personalities belittle them and characterize them as incompetent, selfish, troublemakers, and criminals.

Michael Irvin, one of the NFL’s biggest House Negroes — said Moss should beg to get into the NFL’s Hall of Fame, and tell them he was just a “young, dumb kid.”

You see, this is what happens when you let most of the NFL’s Black players talk to the mainstream TV audience — they say all the things the mainstream media likes to hear:  “Weez Black folk is sooooooooooooo grateful, Mista Boss Man, that you would allow us to play in your league.  Weez just don’t know how to thank ya, sirrr, and if you allow me to — I will chastise dem Black field Negroes that don’t appreciate all you do fo’ us, sirrr, every chance I gits.”

Boss Man:  Thans, Mike.  You’re such a good boy!

I hope Moss returns one day, but not until the Uncle Tom, butt-kissing, go-along-to-get-along Black personalities in the media start standing up to their White counterparts and challenging them when they stereotype and assassinate the characters of Black athletes.

But I’m sure that will be a cold day in h#% before that happens.

Black people, never send a boy to do a man’s job.

Good luck, Randi!