Black Sports : End of Black Athlete is Near

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  1. Agent_Jack

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7343980?forum_key=StoryComments&topic_key=7343980&page_no=2

    NFL truth: Hip-hop culture hurting NFL

    by Jason Whitlock

    You get one NFL Truth today. Watching Chad Johnson and Larry Johnson undermine their respective head coaches, Marvin Lewis and Herm Edwards, on Sunday gave me a singular focus, forced me to contemplate an uncomfortable truth.

    African-American football players caught up in the rebellion and buffoonery of hip hop culture have given NFL owners and coaches a justifiable reason to whiten their rosters. That will be the legacy left by Chad, Larry and Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, Terrell Owens, Michael Vick and all the other football bojanglers.
    In terms of opportunity for American-born black athletes, they're going to leave the game in far worse shape than they found it.

    It's already starting to happen. A little-publicized fact is that the Colts and the Patriots — the league's model franchises — are two of the whitest teams in the NFL. If you count rookie receiver Anthony Gonzalez, the Colts opened the season with an NFL-high 24 white players on their 53-man roster. Toss in linebacker Naivote Taulawakeiaho "Freddie" Keiaho and 47 percent of Tony Dungy's defending Super Bowl-champion roster is non-African-American. Bill Belichick's Patriots are nearly as white, boasting a 23-man non-African-American roster, counting linebacker Tiaina "Junior" Seau and backup quarterback Matt Gutierrez.


    Chad Johnson's hip hop attitude is giving black athletes in the NFL a bad name. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

    For some reason, these facts are being ignored by the mainstream media. Could you imagine what would be written and discussed by the media if the Yankees and the Red Sox were chasing World Series titles with 11 African-Americans on their 25-man rosters (45 percent)?

    We would be inundated with information and analysis on the social significance. Well, trust me, what is happening with the roster of the Patriots and the Colts and with Roger Goodell's disciplinary crackdown are all socially significant.

    Hip hop athletes are being rejected because they're not good for business and, most important, because they don't contribute to a consistent winning environment. Herm Edwards said it best: You play to win the game.

    I'm sure when we look up 10 years from now and 50 percent — rather than 70 percent — of NFL rosters are African-American, some Al Sharpton wannabe is going to blame the decline on a white-racist plot.

    That bogus charge will ignore our role in our football demise. We are in the process of mishandling the opportunity and freedom earned for us by Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Doug Williams, Mike Singletary, Gale Sayers, Willie Lanier and countless others. And those of us in the media who have rationalized, minimized and racialized every misstep by Vick, Pacman and T.O. have played an equal role in blowing it.


    By failing to confront and annihilate the abhorrent cultural norms we have allowed to grab our youth, we have in the grand American scheme sentenced many of them to hell on earth (incarceration), and in the sports/entertainment world we've left them to define us as unreliable, selfish and buffoonish.

    I take you to Arrowhead Stadium this past Sunday when two competent and respected black head coaches led the Chiefs and the Bengals in battle, and their efforts were periodically sabotaged by Chad and Larry Johnson, the two players Lewis and Edwards have defended the most.

    Football fans are aware of Lewis' love affair with Chad Johnson, the Flavor Flav of the gridiron. Johnson's insistence on conducting a minstrel show during games has long been reluctantly tolerated by Lewis. Johnson, I guess, is just too talented, productive and well-compensated for Lewis to discipline. So Lewis has chosen to enable, going as far as making excuses when Johnson's selfish behavior extended to an alleged locker-room shoving match with coaches (including a swing at Lewis) at halftime of the Bengals' Jan. 8, 2006 playoff loss to the Steelers.

    Coming off an 11-5 regular season and having been crowned the toast of Cincinnati, Lewis responded to that Johnson meltdown by vowing to cut the player who leaked the fight information to the media.

    Since then, the Bengals have been one of the league's biggest disappointments, finishing 8-8 last season and starting 1-4 this season. Injuries have played a significant role in Cincy's troubles, but so has a lack of on- and off-field discipline and focus. Lewis' coddling of Chad Johnson has destroyed the chemistry that made the Bengals a playoff team in 2005.

    On Sunday, with the Bengals trying to rally out of a two-score deficit, Johnson failed to finish a pass route, which contributed to Carson Palmer throwing an interception.

    Not to be outdone, Larry Johnson continued his season-long pattern of immature behavior, spiking the football in frustration with 4 minutes to play and the Chiefs attempting to run out the clock. The Bengals were out of timeouts and the spike stopped the clock, giving Cincy one last chance to make a comeback.


    Pacman Jones' off-field legal troubles are indicative of a larger cultural problem. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images)

    Johnson, despite receiving a new $45-million contract, has brooded, pouted and complained all season. He spent the off-season promising to be a leader and has spent the first six weeks of the season spreading locker-room cancer. Edwards-coached teams have traditionally been the least-penalized squads in the NFL. This year's Chiefs are one of the most-penalized squads. Nickel back Benny Sapp drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sunday, had to be dragged off the field by Donnie Edwards, and was spotted on the sideline arguing with players and coaches.

    Race is not the determining factor when it comes to having a good or bad attitude. Culture is.

    Hip hop is the dominant culture for black youth. In general, music, especially hip hop music, is rebellious for no good reason other than to make money. Rappers and rockers are not trying to fix problems. They create problems for attention.

    That philosophy, attitude and behavior go against everything football coaches stand for. They're in a constant battle to squash rebellion, dissent and second opinions from their players.

    You know why Muhammad Ali is/was an icon? Because he rebelled against something meaningful and because he excelled in an individual sport. His rebellion didn't interfere with winning. Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, etc. rebelled with dignity and purpose.



    What we're witnessing today are purposeless, selfish acts of buffoonery. Sensible people have grown tired of it. Football people are recognizing it doesn't contribute to a winning environment.

    Whether calculated or not, the Patriots and the Colts have created settings in which Brady and Manning can lead and feel comfortable. I remember back in the 1980s when some black sports fans accused the Celtics of being racist for having a predominantly-white roster when Larry Bird was the star. No one remembered that Red Auerbach occasionally fielded an all-black starting lineup during Bill Russell's heyday.

    My point is that it makes sense to cater to your stars. And it makes even more sense to fill your roster with players who don't mind being led, even if you sacrifice a little 40-yard dash speed.

    If things don't change quickly, we're going to learn this lesson the hard way.

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  2. Khasm13

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    disagree...
    this rash of black players getting in trouble and rebelling against their respective coaches is relatively new...the media will blow any and everything out of proportion if it deals with a black man...kc and cincinatti suck...i hate to say it but the coaches for both teams suck, what have herm edwards and marvin lewis actually done...

    every thing is getting thrown into one category and they are totally different things...a player mouthing off at a coach and a player going to jail are not the same...and should not be put in the same box...

    have you noticed how the dirty ref incident and the inflamitory ref in baseball incident barely got any run? do you expect me to believe that white players are not using hgh in football and it's only black players? i just don't buy it...

    the mike vick incident will str8'n brothas out i believe because when the system gets finished with him he will be a shell of his former self...just like many of our brothers that get caught in the system...

    i do agree that rap plays a role in our youth showing out...mos def
    white people love it that way...thas why concious hip hop never sells...never gets any run...i'm out!

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    What I hate is how they try to place all the ills of society on hip hop, when its only been mainstream about 15 years. The NBA ref incident did not get any burn whatsoever. That incident tainted the sanctity of professional basketball and it got very little coverage. You make an excellent point when you said that you cannot put mouthing off to a coach and going to jail in the same box. They will use any example they can to strengthen a weak point.
     
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    Do not listen to Jason Whitlock, he has a record of tap-dancing for masta and trying to please his white audience. He will kick Black people any chance he gets.
     
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    end of black...

    yes i read his article,and although i understand his frusration emotion is taking the place of common sense,the black athlete is here to stay and america knows it,you start filling your rosters with white players and the games will die[football-basketball-baseball]what is needed are tougher coaches[would lombardi have put up with some of these shenanigans,i don't think so]and i'm sick of hearing about how todays players won't listen because of how much they make,blah-blah,the problem is some of these owners who are taking the power to run the team away from the coaches because of thier own ego,don't believe me look at the cowboys of the 90's yeah they won three super bowls but if jerry jones had kept his nose out of the locker room they would've won five,that's the kind of thing i'm talking about in today's sports,the owners ego is as large as the players in some cases,give me a no nonsense coach and let him coach and alot of this foolishness will stop.
     
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    I agree.

    And he won't even engage with me because I'll deconstruct all of his blubbering foolishness.
     
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    Relatively New??????


    I dont think so. Right around the time Chris Webber came out is when it started. The NBA gave that class a bunch of money, in the hopes that the next Magic,Bird---->Jordan---->______ would come along and bring them riches and gold. When those contracts ran out, is when European and any other players started being drafted. It stopped being about the talent and started being about conforming to a market plan. They went about crushing the Rodmans and J.R, Riders of the world. They were tired of brothers making $10 million a year getting caught with a SUV full of dope and covering it up. AI kicking his wife out butt nekkid and stalking a neighborhood with a gun, looking for her. People like that cant help them sell beer or Haynes. Today, it's about conformity, branding a product, etc:1on1:
     
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    Black coaches are bringing him in to talk to their teams. Yall may not be listening, but many are. Today, it's conform or lose big money
     
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    some of what u say is true but ur timeline is skewed...until recently there were not multiple players getting suspended because of drugs and dumb ish...until recently players were not talkin ish about their coaches like they are now...in the c. webb j.r. rider days things were fairly decent for blacks in sports...

    in the nba they started going overseas as a marketing tool i agree...but some of these boyz can ball... dirk diggler, barbosa, ming...it took american getting whooped consistently in the Olympics to realize this fact...

    things are being taken out of proportion but mofos are showin their as$ a lil more than what they used too...

    yet in still...in the 50's there were twice as many white's in jail then blacks...america is always looking for ways to make money off of black people...we are still viewed as property to some...so when black people write articles about us in a negative light it makes our plight for equality that much harder...

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    But the suspension are all part of a long attempt to str8ten it out. :deal: Curfews, dress codes, rookie salaries, morals clauses, fines, minimum ages,etc havent worked. And the leaugues went thru that progression before all resorting to this. Now it could be argued that the policy isnt being applied equally, but.....
     
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