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ANIMAL HOUSE GONE BAD

Animal House Gone Bad
Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ, also SAE) is one of the largest North American Greek-letter social college fraternities. It was founded at the University of Alabama on March 9, 1856.
Imitation has taken a seismic look at reality in this country with fraternities not respecting property, humanity, or other cultures. The recent events in Oklahoma are revolting.
These young men and women decided to sing a racist song over and over again on a bus ride to founder’s day, to FOUNDERS DAY.
They sang it as if nobody would notice or cared. They sang it like it had been sung before.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s traditional credo is “We Welcome True Gentleman”. This was not gentlemen-like and they used the N-Word repeatedly with the image of Black person hanging from a tree.
These are the words
“There will never be a N***** at SAE
You can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me”
This is a classic example of white male privilege running amuck and being tolerated. If these young (gentlemen as they want to call themselves) men were Black with the number of infractions (12) stated below this FRATERNITY would not exist.
AND YOU SAY YOU’RE SURPRISED??
Just boys being boys, RIGHT?
NO, it is time to stop this nonsense
Harlen Mckosato a Native American journalist writes:-
What’s especially concerning is that, in my opinion, these boys (and the other students) did not think that what they were chanting was racist – or that it would be exposed. They didn’t think that it was hurtful. That’s the part of white privilege that I’m not jealous of, but instead, what I’ve tried to make more people conscious of and sensitive to as a journalist in my professional career. Where does juvenile play end; and when do real mean actions and words begin?
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/14/never-back-down-racism
The National Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ, also SAE) might think of disbanding the Kappa chapter because of their member’s insensitive activities on THAT bus THAT night. This is not the first incidence nor will it be the last.
THESE MEN DO NOT RESPECT PEOPLE OF COLOR
THESE MEN DO NOT RESPECT WOMEN
THESES MEN DO NOT RESPECT MEN YOUNGER THEN THEMSELVES
THESE MEN DO NOT RESPECT THE LAW
THESE MALES DO NOT RESPECT the health OR well being of THEIR future members.
The question we all should all be asking is where did these young men get this song? We all know that answer.
Remember these young men will be our future CEO, bank officers, corporate presidents, police officers, lawyers, mayors, governors, and yes even President of the United States.
It is time for a change; the follow twelve incidents happened over the last twenty five years and that is from only one FRATERNITY in the United States.
This was the response by the Officials of SAE
Fraternity Headquarters Prepares for Hearing Process
March 14, 2015 | 2:00 pm CT
EVANSTON, IL – The Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters is preparing for the judicial process that will hear the case for suspended University of Oklahoma members. Our national governing laws dictate the procedures in all trial proceedings that determine membership sanctions, and our brothers have an opportunity to have their cases heard fairly and justly.
In the case of the University of Oklahoma chapter, our leadership has identified a special trial commission composed of impartial alumni who will hear each brother’s case. Those suspended members are given advanced notice of the date of proceedings and, during the trial, the men will have an opportunity to defend themselves and present information or facts for review. Members have a right for someone to represent them in their absence. As part of the proceedings, the commissioners will recommend to the board of directors one of several penalties, which include retaining the current suspension until their graduation or expulsion from the fraternity. The board will then vote on the commission’s recommendations.

Members also have the right to appeal the board’s sanctions, and appeals are heard by a separate, higher governing body. Sigma Alpha Epsilon remains committed to providing a positive membership experience and to addressing any behaviors that deviate from our morals, creed and values.

Individual members of SAE have already hired lawyers to adjudicate their cases.
HISTORY OF MISCONDUCT AT SAE
In 1982 SAE members at the University of Cincinnati were suspended for a racially insensitive party corresponding with The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
The founding chapter at the University of Alabama was suspended in 1988 on cocaine-trafficking charges and for violating the university’s code against drug use and trafficking.
The suspension was lifted in 1990, but with a checklist of improvement goals that the chapter was required to fulfill; in 1992, the chapter was suspended again for failing to meet the outlined goals.
In 1997, the Louisiana State University chapter was suspended after one member died from alcohol poisoning. One member was praised for rescuing more than a dozen of his passed out brothers from death by ferrying them to the nearest hospital single handedly.[citation needed]
In 2002, Syracuse University officials suspended the SAE chapter after a member appeared in blackface. The member was expelled from the university.
The chapter returned after the suspension and in 2006 was found guilty of hazing a new member by the university’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
In 2013, SAE members at Washington University in St. Louis were suspended for singing racial slurs to African-American Students.
In 2014, a rape allegedly took place at an SAE party at Loyola Marymount University. The national organization reacted by closing the chapter.
In 2014, the chapter at Clemson University hosted a “Cripmas” party in reference to Southern California based African-American crips gang. The chapter “suspended all activity indefinitely”, according to the SAE national office.
Also, in 2014, SAE members at the University of Arizona were suspended for attacking Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity.
In October 2014, the University of Southern California chapter was closed for reportedly “violating members’ health and safety”.
In December 2014, Stanford University announced a two-year suspension of SAE housing due to reports of sexual harassment.
In January 2015, a victim was hospitalized following allegations of sexual assault at a party at a SAE Iowa State University party. The incident is under investigation by police and the chapter suspended the member suspected of the assault.
The Yale University chapter faces a ban against use of the university email and bulletin board system as well as association of the fraternity name and the university following “inappropriate comments” made by SAE members.
This is Animal House running amuck and they received messages from the classic movie that its o.k. to act this way.
Animal House was a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College.
John Belushi, the main character and his classmates, tore down house doors, broke windows, and threw food, clothes, and each other.
This was the early blueprint of what is going on in campuses throughout the country today.
IT’S NOT FUNNY ANYMORE
Fraternities go to hotels and motels and trash them; they still drink until they pass out and they still disrespect young women by have un-consensual sex on fraternity or campus grounds.
IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!!
Special thanks to Wikipedia, SAE web page, Yahoo, Facebook, The Huffington Post, IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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A TYPHOON BREWING WEST

A TYPHOON BREWING WEST
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
The last time the Bay Area had a National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship this writer was a freshman studying hard to become a sophomore at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, it was the spring of 1975. They had a very colorful team with abundance of talent. Players like Center Nate Thurman, Jeff Mullins, Jamaal Wilkes, Phil Smith, and Rick Barry.
In the summer of 2015 it could be happening all over again with another group of talented basketball players like Center Andrew Bogut, Guard-Stephen Curry, Guard Klay Thompson, guard-forward Andre Iguodala and forward Harrison Barnes . It’s fun to watch this wide open basketball style similar to the Golden State Warriors of 1975.
HISTORY
The Warriors were created in 1946 in the City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Warriors became a charter member of the Basketball Association of America with their first owner Peter Tyrrell. The BAA became the National Basketball Association in 1950. Philadelphia Warriors 1961-1962 15
The Philadelphia Warriors drew instant fame by winning the league’s first championship with Joe Falks their leading scorer. They won the Western Title the following year and lost to the Baltimore Bullets 4 games to 2.
Nine years later the Philadelphia Warriors beat the Fort Wayne Pistons four games to one to win their first NBA Title and 2nd professional basketball title. It would be the last one for another nineteen years and a west coast home.
The Warriors abandoned the basketball dribbling and smiling Native American mascot and logo for a more majestic and serious Native American Indian head in 1962. The San Francisco team placed the new Indian head logo on their warm-ups over their hearts. It was as if the team was honoring the Native American population.
This team moved from the east coast to the west coast and had their ups and downs. They had fights with players like Rick Barry over contracts, had fights with coaches over their playing styles, Don Nelson (twice), Mark Jackson, and just had fights in practice with Latrell Sprewell choking the head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
The Warriors played in Oakland and San Jose until the new Oakland Alameda County Coliseum opened outside of center city, Oakland, California. This team would be the only team to play in three cities in one year, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. Thus the name Golden State.
It seems like this team always came in second place and struggled in Northern California. They loss two more championships but continue to make NBA history. Wilt Chamberlin still holds the scoring record with 100 points. It was ironic that the second leading Warrior scorer was Alvin Attles with 17 points. Both will be linked to NBA history.
This team had 7 different logos 3 mascots, 14 uniforms, 9 owners and 22 head coaches. The San Francisco-Golden State Warriors were the only team in the league with white tennis shoes. That convinced me to be one of their fans.
OWNERSHIP
This team had only one owner until Mr. Franklin Mieuli stepped down. In 1962 The San Francisco-Golden State Warriors moved to the Cow Palace in Daly City, South San Francisco playing there 10 years. They acquired a new flamboyant owner, Mieuli from 1962 until 1986. Mieuli wore his famous brown private investigator hat tried to get the best players on the floor enabled the team to entered the playoffs multiple times.
The Golden State Warriors went into free fall after the Mieuli ownership. Jim Fitzgerald was chairman of the Milwaukee Bucks until 1985, when the team was sold to Herb Kohl, a former U.S. Senator. In 1986, Fitzgerald and Dan Finnane, also been involved with the Bucks, took over the Golden State Warriors, which they owned through 1995. At the time he owned each of these teams, Fitzgerald had only a “handshake agreement” with Don Nelson, head coach of both teams in turn, not a contract, an arrangement which reflected the friendship and trust between them. In an era of lawsuits and countersuits, this “contract” was unique in professional sports.
Co-owner Christopher Cohan tried to destroy this historic franchise with confusing trades and strange hiring’s. He finally sold the team in July 2010. The Bay Area almost lost this team twice under the leadership of Cohan.
In May 2009, an unnamed editorial writer in Sports Illustrated listed the top ten best and worst owners of basketball teams in his opinion, ranking Cohan as 4th worst. He criticized Cohan for sticking with Coach Nelson as part of the Warriors’ generally poor performance apart from their 2007 playoff first-round upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks. He pointed out that Golden State was repeatedly rebuilding without much success.
Head coach and General Manager Don Nelson thought he was the star of the show. Nelson thought he was the attraction that fans came to see not the players. It all came to a head in 1995 when Rookie of the Year, Center Chris Webber and forward Letrell Sprewell could not see eye to eye with head Coach Nelson. All three individuals would all leave Oakland that following season.
Don Nelson would return to Oakland in 2007-2010 with the goal of getting the record for most coaching wins (1,335) in the NBA passing the great Lenny Wilkins of the Seattle SuperSonics. Nelson also has the dubious record for the NBA most coaching losses 1,063, which nobody talks about that.

The Warriors are basketball’s Cleveland Indians with Larry Doby. Golden State had the 2nd African American coach from a (HBCU) Historically Black College and University, North Carolina A & T University, Alvin Attles. Attles became the 2nd African American coach to win NBA Title in 1975. Al Attles moved up after two years of coaching to become the General Manager and the longest tendered employee in the NBA. It will be 55 years this summer. Attles had his Aggie number 22 retired in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The first African American coach and NBA Champion was Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics in 1962. Lenny Wilkins became the third Black coach to win with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979.
The Warriors won Western Conference titles multiple years but could not win the NBA title. They lost to the Boston Celtics for the championship in 1964 with the rookie Nate Thurman. Golden State used the first version of the twin towers offense with Wilt Chamberlin and Nate Thurman.
The Philadelphia Seventy Sixers and The Warriors played a six game series in 1967. That big tall center and ex-teammate would haunt them after the trade to Philadelphia. Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlin and the Sixers won the NBA Title in 1967. The future still looked bright for the Warriors with a young skinny shooting forward-guard named Rick Barry from Elizabeth, New Jersey and a University of Miami graduate. It would not last long as the growing feud between management and Barry continued. Mr. Barry bolted to the new American Basketball Association, Oakland Oaks.
This was the first NBA team to be named after a state. The Organization wanted to move away from the Indian head logo and did so in 1971. The team also dropped the famous trolley cars on the back of their uniforms that same year and added the state of California on the front like Major League Baseball’s California Angels.

Today they wear the new Bay Bridge span on the front of their jersey with multi colored uniforms that remind fans of the old Philadelphia Warriors. In 2008 Golden State dropped the Thunder logo adopted in 1997. The Warriors had to leave the Thunder mascot behind because the Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City to become The Thunder. Golden State gave up their copyrights to that name and logo without a fight.
Today the Golden State Warriors have a new team, a new Arena a new logo in 2015, a new vision. This started five years ago when the Warrior management hired Mark Jackson as head coach. Jackson never was a head coach so it was a work in progress. Jackson put on the hat and improved this franchise. Jackson taught this team how to play New York Knick style defense and it worked.
YOU WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS THROUGH DEFENSE.
The building blocks were being put in place in 2011. Jackson learned this tough defense from his Eastern Conference Championship days in New York and Indiana. The Warriors went to the playoffs in back to back years that had not happened since 1994-95.
When Jackson took the helm in 2011, the franchise had made the playoffs only one time over the prior 17 seasons, averaging only 30.2 wins per year during that period. Jackson, 49, became just the third head coach in franchise history to lead a team to at least 50 wins in a season, joining Don Nelson and Alvin Attles, who both hit the mark twice with the Warriors. With 121 wins overall, Jackson ranks fourth on the franchise’s all-time wins list, trailing Attles (557), Nelson (422) and Eddie Gottlieb (263)
Jackson still does not get the credit for turning this losing battleship around, for getting the players to believe in themselves and that they could win with hard work. Jackson created a winning culture in Oracle Arena.
The new Splash Brothers were born. With guard/forward, Klay Thompson and guard Stephen Curry finally rewarding the loyal Warrior fan following with victories, and playoff wins.
Jackson could not get this young team pass the second round and those pesky robotic San Antonio Spurs. The Golden State management wanted a title now. Many thought Jackson was not the man because of his inexperience as head coach and his stubbornness to stay with old offensive plays. Those same individuals stated he won because of the talent on the floor. It cost him his job. Jackson did what most young African American coaches had done in the past, resurrect and fix a flawed franchise.
Jackson’s undoing was his rift with two assist coaches which continued to grow until Brian Scalabrine resigned and Darren Erman firing for the differences of philosophies.
On May 6 The Warrior management relieved Jackson of his coaching duties. Many players were not happy with this decision because Jackson was a player’s coach and a man they could talk to about problems on and off the floor. Others believed that he was let go because of his spiritual life and unwillingness to give up his religious doctrine. Others stated the rift happened because of the open gay/lesbian policies of the new Warrior organization.
The Warriors moved swiftly to replace Jackson with the stroke of genius hiring Steve Kerr. Kerr who played point guard for the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Mr. Kerr turned down the New York Knick offer a few weeks earlier and walked into a gold mine of talent in Oakland. He could work with Oakland’s superstar shooting guards Stephen Curry and Kay Thompson.
This team went 42-7 in 2015 before the All Star Game, the best record in the NBA. Bay Area fans are now having open discussions about a Golden State Warrior NBA Championship.

Stephen Curry hit four triple doubles this year a record for the Warriors franchise and the season is not over yet with just under twenty games left. With Marc Jackson’s New York Knick defense and Steve Kerr’s San Antonio Spur offensive they are good to go. The Golden State Warriors currently play a spread offense which put pressure on the other team’s defense. The Warriors are always cutting toward the basket, with players throwing the ball back out over the three point line for easy jump shots, this is the way the Warrior offense works. It is fun to watch.
This team has shutdown the high scoring Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers with their clamp-down defense. This is also fun to watch.
NOW TO GET THAT FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM …. OR NOT?

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM…OR NOT?
By Gary Norris Gray
BASN Staff Writer
OAKLAND (BASN): The City of Brotherly Love – when it comes to race and sports, the love is not there…or is it? This was and still is the legacy of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ignoring their famous Black sports icons. Philadelphia’s sports teams continue to stumble and bumble its way through race relations. The City is starving for another professional championship, it will not happen soon because the management will not pay for a championship.
The Seventy Sixers won the NBA title in 1983, The Phillies won the World Series in 2008, The Eagles last appearance in the Super Bowl in 2004 and their last NFL championship was in 1960. The Flyers held Lord Stanley’s Cup in 1974 and 1975 with the last conference championship in 2009-2010.
This city erected a statue of the movie box office smash hit, Rocky. The same city had the real Heavyweight Champion of The World living in their town – Smokin’ Joe Frazier. The movie was filmed in the city of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia 76ers had many Black Super Heroes but people outside of the Tri-State Area would never know it. Let’s travel back in time with Number Six – with the big afro and the sky dunk? The man who made house calls in the Spectrum, Julius “The Doctor” Erving.
What about the “Big Dipper” Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlin? Can’t forget “4-5-4″ Moses Malone or the toughest little guard to ever hit the floor in the NBA, Allen “Practice” Iverson. Yes, we have to include the Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley. To this day only “The Doctor” gains respect in this city.

The Phillies had their African American stars too, but they never captured the hearts and minds of Philadelphia. Shortstop John Kennedy went on the field in 1957 being the first Black player to wear the Phillies red and white.
My favorite Phillie was First basemen, third basemen, and outfielder, Dick Allen who got ran out of town because he owned race horses in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
He got ran out of town because he was not the right color. Allen was the first African American baseball superstar in Philadelphia. Allen would be the last. This town called the Dodger Hall of Fame shortstop Jackie Robinson the N-Word. Allen had good company and the Tri-state newspapers would not let up.
Arcel Moore wrote “Black baseball fans of my generation remember the contemptuous treatment of Dick Allen, the slugging third baseman whom the team eventually traded. Other than Allen, the Phillies have never developed a black superstar”.
Outfielders Gary ‘Sarge’ Matthews and Garry Maddox put on Phillie red and won divisional championships; Maddox an integral part of the 1980 World Series Championship team was recognized league wide as arguably the best defensive centerfielder of his era; but you wouldn’t know it by the VHS tape of that team’s success.
New York Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson’s famous analysis of Maddox’ skills (“The Earth is covered by two–thirds water; the other third by Garry Maddox!”) and Matthews led the 1983 League Champion – but both players are still just footnotes in Phillie history.
Pitchers, reliever Al Holland and starter Charles Hudson were at the end of their careers and of course cannot forget the brief appearance of all star infielder Joe Morgan of the Wheeze Kids Era.

This football team integrated in 1952 with running backs Ralph Goldston and Don Stevens. They were ahead of the curve hiring Ray Rhodes, their first African American head coach. He guided two teams to the playoffs; but it was not enough because he (Rhodes) did not win the Super Bowl.
The Eagles were the first team to carry two Black quarterbacks on the roster in the same season. Rodney Peete and Randal Cunningham guided The Birds to victory. Nobody can forget the minister of defense Reggie White. White got shipped out of the city to The Green Bay Packers when free agent talks started.
The Flyers also have brothers on the ice with goalie All Star Ray Emery, right winger Pierre – Edouard Bellemare, and left winger Donald Brashear, Sandy McCarthy right winger, and Claude Vilgrain right winger.
Right winger Wayne “Spider” Simmonds has played in the tradition of great Flyer grinders like Gary Dornhofer, Tim Kerr, Rick Tocchet and John LeClair. Currently the team leader in goals, one could make the argument that Simmonds could well be team MVP with his flexibility to perform on every line and make other players better around him. He is the closest thing to a well – respected Black athlete in this city.
PART II-FLY EAGLES FLY
MY, MY, MY have times have changed in the Northeast City.
The Eagles football organization two years ago hired a head coach that did not have professional coaching experience. (WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ROONEY RULE?) They hired a head coach that did not back his African American players in college.
The ugly 2009 incident with a Black running back LeGarrette Blount knocked out a white Boise State linebacker Byron Haut. Blount got suspended for four games. This caught national attention but the incident still has not been clarified by Mr. Chip Kelly. THE N-Word was used by Bronco linebacker Haut; confirmed by BASN in a previous column by Michael – Louis Ingram. Haut was not punished for his taunting by the NCAA or the team as far as we know.
This is Philadelphia’s legacy with Head Coach Chip Kelly working at the University of Oregon came with him to the City of Brotherly Love. When the NCAA started investigating the recruiting policies at Eugene, Oregon, Kelly bolted to Philadelphia.
The Eagles organization hired a man that wanted to change the rules of the National Football League by speeding up the game; lauded by some as revolutionary. One major flaw – it’s been done. Every team in the Canadian Football League has 20 seconds to get off an offensive play – at least 2.2 seconds on average faster than this so – called “new’ offense. It scored points – but didn’t win a football championship. Chip had his own agenda. The Eagles have suffered through two years of this kind of leadership. The fraud is on at Lincoln Financial Field. Beware of the individuals who want complete power and control.
The Eagles will not see another African American quarterback in the distant future. Randall Cunningham, Rodney Peete, Donovan McNabb, and Michael Vick may have been the limit for this northeast city.
Randall Cunningham got run out of town to Minnesota where the Vikings went to the NFC Championship in 1998 with his best season 15-1 record. The Eagles stated that Randall could not run. Number 12 put that to rest with playoff victories in Minnesota.
McNabb got chased and shipped to Washington after the Eagles went to four straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. If the organization had signed all pro receivers like Terrell Owens (and paid him his money) the Green Birds would have at least won a couple Super Bowls in the McNabb era.

Trying to win a championship on the cheap gets you nowhere and the Eagle management has profited from this business art form. This is Money Ball Football Style.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens made that clear with his press conference informing the Philadelphia fan base about this business practice. Mr. Owens at that time was the only credible receiver in green and white. Owens told the press these facts and was let go. The truth hurts and nobody took him seriously. Within months Owens and McNabb were wearing different uniforms.
The Philadelphia Eagles have not learned yet.
The Eagles then signed suspended star QB Michael Vick in 2009 infuriating Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners who wanted to keep this talented quarterback out of the league. The football establishment wanted Vick to suffer; the Eagles dismantled that idea by signing Number Seven.
Vick still had the great quarterback skills to direct any team to a championship but injuries began to creep in and hamper his mobility. Philadelphia finished the 2011 season with an 8–8 record.
The team began with a 4–8 record before winning four games in a row to finish the season. The final game of the season was a 34–10 victory on January 1, 2012 at home against The Washington Football Club. Vick completed 24 of his 39 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
The Philadelphia Eagles may have other ethical issues with their head coach and players. The organization outsourced a 2015 calendar with an Eagle player featured each month. Wide receiver Riley Cooper was the featured player for the month of February. February is Black History Month and Cooper should have been the last person for that month.
Riley Cooper, Damaris JohnsonMr. Riley “I’ll fight all of you N***** in here”, Cooper on the Eagles 2015 calendar, that’s not the problem, but to put him on Black History Month, REALLY, What were they thinking?
Are you telling African American Eagle fans that the football administration did not see this? That nobody questioned this stupid act or was it a clear mistake of omission? Or are they saying we don’t care about African American fans. You never know in Philadelphia.
But for all African American Eagle fans you better start questioning your team’s administrative decisions.
This is the same team that ran their best receiver DeSean Jackson out of town. Then the organization trashed the young man with baseless allegations to gang ties, thug and bad behavior, and also being arrogant. All of these allegations were NEVER PROVEN!!!!
Question, why these issues never surfaced before his release? Teammates did not have problems with Mr. Jackson. So what is the real deal? Maybe the Eagle organization did not want to pay Jackson who would have been a free agent.
Jackson gave time, money, and friendship to many children’s organizations year after year in the Philadelphia Area … THAT WAS NEVER MENTIONED IN THE PHILLY RANT.
Then Michael Vick moves to the New York Jets reminding many of the good old days in the city of Brotherly Love.
The question should be asked where are the top Black Eagle executives on these issues…hell, where are the top Black executives?
This organization is a mess and it has created division within the Eagles organization and this team will not win another championship with this kind of nonsense going on in the locker room.

PART III-SOUTH PHILLY FIGHTING
FLYERS
3. The Philadelphia Flyers are the only bright spot in the city. They have the best scoring forward in the National Hockey League but hockey fans in Philadelphia will never admit it. He is the wrong color. Wayne Simmonds embodied the historical “BROAD STREET BULLIES” style of hockey.
The Orange and Black were a shell of a hockey team with Goal Brother, right winger, Wayne Simmonds guiding them through the months of October, November, and December. While teammates Claude Giroux and Jacob Voracek flashed talent early on, the Flyers were still in last place while waiting the other members of the team finally got it together.
The other Flyers finally remembered how to skate and score goals. Simmonds led the team in hits and scoring chances those difficult months. He has 24 goals with 18 assist and a nine game scoring streak. It would have been 14 straight but the New York Islanders shut him down on February 5.
The Flyers are now in the playoff hunt with over 20 games left in the season as the beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Sunday afternoon. The Flyers play another nationally telecast game on Sunday March 1st against their heated rival New York Rangers.
The Phillies once the pride of the city winning five straight divisional titles and a World Series will not be going anywhere in 2015. The Phillies released their star shortstop, brother, Jimmy Rollins over the winter to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There are only two African Americans remaining on the team outfielder Domonic Brown and first basemen Ryan Howard. Howard might not be wearing a Philly red uniform much longer if he gets off to a bad start this spring.
The rebuilding program has started as devoted fans will suffer through another season of losing and while the coaching staff searches for the right combination.
This winter right hander A.J. Burnett went to the Pittsburgh Pirates and pitcher Kyle Kendrick went to the Colorado Rockies outfielder Marlon Byrd traveled to Cincinnati; while teammate lefthander Antonio Bastardo joined Burnett in Pittsburgh.
Starting pitcher Cole Hamels started this year by complaining that he wanted out of Philly because they are not going to win. If I’m the general manager Hamels would be on the last train to Clarksville because you can’t have him influencing the young players.

PART IV DISASTER AREA
The Sixers have been the joke of the league the past two years. This will be year number three. Other teams love to play there because they know they can pad their statistics and get a paid vacation in the middle of winter.
This past week the Sixer organization traded players as if it were in a Monopoly Game getting nothing in return but hopes of eight first round draft choices. This Sixers team entered 2015 with the most losses the past two years and counting to keep that lead this year. Tanking has become an art form at Wachovia Center on Broad Street.
The confusing Philadelphia 76ers did it again this past week with the recent moves of general manager Sam Hinkie. This time he traded reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers got a protected 2015 first round pick from the Suns via the Los Angeles Lakers. That pick is top-five protected this year.

Hinkie also traded talented rookie forward K.J. McDaniels to the Houston Rockets for seldom-used guard Isaiah Canaan and a second-round pick. McDaniels’ mother, Shawn Chapman McDaniels, also is probably happy with her son being traded – she had heckled the team at games. The Sixers also acquired often-injured and eccentric center JaVale McGee from the Denver Nuggets.

Tuesday night February 24th, the Sixers had to claim a player to reach the league minimum salary limit. Man, talk about cheap this is it. Thomas Robertson from the Portland Trailblazers will be wearing Philadelphia colors Wednesday night.
If the Sixers goal was to get under the salary cap they have done that for the third straight year. There will be more Sixers lottery balls in the hopper this July at Madison Square Garden. This will be the third year in a row at the number one draft pick.

CONCLUSION

So at the mid 2000′s decade mark Philly sports fans are trying to find sunlight and joy with their four professional teams. The young players in Phillie, Eagle, Flyer, and Sixer uniforms might bring a championship to the city of Brotherly Love in about five, six or seven years.

Maybe if these organizations insert the best players on the field, diamond, court, or ice there would be a celebration victory parade down Market Street. If these organizations abandon their inherent racial bias a championship could be near.

But then again IT’S PHILADELPHIA!!!!

African American fans might be questioning if these organizations really want to win by chasing Black stars out of town-REPEAT-REPEAT-REPEAT-REPEAT.

Special thanks to Yahoo Sports, Wikipedia, and BASN web sites for the information.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART IV-CONCLUSION

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
PART IV-Conclusion
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing as little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
REALIGNMENT
Commissioner Goodell might want to change the face of the National Football League. Realignment has not been done since 2002. Teams are currently in divisions that are geographical incorrect. The NFL state that they want to cut down on travel, gas, and time. The West coastal teams are at a disadvantage.
Last year the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers were the most traveled teams. Conversations continue to return the Seahawks to the American Football Conference WEST. This will be the third time that Seattle moves to another conference.
First, The realignment of the six current divisions by putting teams the current teams in their proper geographical regions, which could transform each division competitively. The New England Patriots have won the AFC EAST Division 12 of 14 years. WHY? Because no team in that division can challenge the red, white and blue Pats. The infusion of the Baltimore Ravens into the AFC East Division would create that competition.
The League should explain why the Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC SOUTH Division. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titians are current members. The Colts are nowhere near their competitors. While the Miami Dolphins are in the AFC East Division with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots almost one thousand miles away.
Next question, why are the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC NORTH Division with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns? These teams are a train ride away from each other. The Ravens are the odd man out.
Anybody with common sense would put the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC North Division, the Miami Dolphins in the AFC South and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC East. But what do I know after fifty years of watching football?
In the National Football Conference The Dallas Cowboys do not belong in the NFC EAST, and The St. Louis Rams do not belong in the NFC WEST. The Cowboys should move to the NFC South and the Rams should move to NFC East. The NFL still envisions a team in Los Angeles this would fill that vacant spot in the NFC West with an expansion team.
These moves would save MONEY, TIME, and GAS. This would also create competitive divisions and fresh new rivalries.
It will not happen anytime soon because of the veto power of two powerful team owners. The power brokers to realignment are The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. These owners do not want to give up their historical divisional rivals.
IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!
THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB
Second, The NFL needs to address the name of the Washington Football Club, as an African American-Native American. I feel the pain that Native Americans who watch this team on the field. Washington owner Dan Snyder will not budge with his position. The only way this name will change is a national fan boycott of Washington Football gear and massive lawsuit against the National Football League. Mr. Goodell has waffled on this position over the last three years.
Maybe if Congress removes NFL’s tax exempt statutes, which might change some owners, mind.
If Commissioner Goodell truly wants racial harmony, the league changing the name would be the correct move. This would end one of the most racist names in the United States.
THE BRAND
Third, The Commissioner has promoted the brand and has garnered large television contracts with four different networks. Mr. Goodell and the owners created an NFL network in 2012.
This man has promoted Thursday night games at the detriment of the player’s health. Thursday Night games need to end but the advertisers and promoters are not going to hear that.
Last question where is DeMaurice Smith? The Players Union seems to be in limbo. Smith has not spoken since the Union agreement with the National Football League.
Mr. Goodell has shown THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY in administering the National Football League the past ten years.
In Conclusion the National Football League could be on the path of disintegration and turmoil if Mr. Goodell will not control certain owners and limit gambling.
Football fans are not happy with the recent events of the playoff shenanigans.
There is a dark cloud over this sport, a sport as a child I loved.
Post Script:- When will the National Football League invite Minority ownership
Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART III

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
PART III
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on one of the most usual plays of the 2015 Super Bowl. The question the football fans need to ask, is should the New England Patriots been on the field? Also the next question, how can the commissioner of the league allow cheaters to win?
The 2014-15 Super Bowl, The American Football Conference, and The Deflate Gate Playoffs will haunt this commissioner because football fans felt Mr. Goodell did not do enough to punish the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
This man’s motto was to protect THE SHIELD. This motto rings hollow. That was Roger Goodell’s stance when he entered the office of commissioner nine years ago.
The only difference between the two commissioners, one wants to be the Sheriff while the other commissioner just wanted to be with the good old boys and hang out in the bleachers.
Mr. Goodell moved into the office after Paul Taglibue retired on August 8, 2006. The National Football League has never been the same. It took five rounds of voting after a very contentious owners meeting in 2006 with the Oakland Raiders abstaining. (Al Davis being Al Davis AGAIN).
The National Football League may be following the path of Major League Baseball. MLB was America’s past-time and it stayed that way until 1986. The steroid area brought this great game to its knees. MLB has fallen into fourth place in the major sports behind the National Hockey League.
The National Football League may be following MLB’s footsteps demonization African American players. This could be the roadmap to disaster because there are more African American football fans than baseball fans.
THE GOOD-
The Commissioner gets brownie points for his work on the 2011 lockout. Prior to the start of the 2011 NFL season, Goodell worked with NFL owners and the (NFLPA) National Football League Players Association on settling the NFL lockout which ran from March 11 to August 5. During the lockout, at the request of some NFL teams, he held conference calls with season ticket holders where he discussed the collective bargaining agreement and conducted question-and-answer sessions on various NFL topics.
His actions taken with the New Orleans Saints Bounty gate scandal should be commended
In New Orleans in 2012 the SHERIFF threw the book at the Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. On March 21, 2012, Williams was suspended from the NFL as a result of his (admitted) involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Bounties were paid for causing injuries that would take targeted players on opponent teams out of games.

Williams was suspended indefinitely because he was messing with the product. Williams directed Saints players to hurt stars in the league and that cannot happen. Goodell threw down the hammer. It was the only time Goodell handed out lengthy suspensions to Caucasian members of the National Football League.

The Commissioner was particularly angered that those involved in the program lied about it during two separate league investigations of the program.

CONCUSSIONS AND NFL
The League has finally addressed the issues of concussions. The League and Goodell might adopt the new helmet made by Riddell in the next season.
These are a few examples how the NFL could change the culture of concussions
• better enforcement of rules against helmet-to-helmet contact (such as the new rule passed just this week by the NFHS banning “targeting” and hits on “defenseless players”);
• encouraging players to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles so as to better withstand the rotational forces that are primarily responsible for concussions;
• taking common sense steps to reduce the number of sub-concussive hits players sustain;
• doing more to educate players, coaches, and parents about the signs and symptoms of concussion and the dangers posed by continuing to play with symptoms;
• working to overcome the “culture of resistance” to reporting concussions by creating a safe reporting environment;
• ensuring that athletic trainers are on the sideline at every game and practice to identify potentially concussed athletes as quickly as possible and removing them from play for a sideline assessment and barring their return if concussion is suspected;
• more conservative management of concussion (including a period of near-strict cognitive and physical rest in the first few days after concussion); by
• gradually returning concussed athletes to the classroom and to sports; and
• recommending retirement when the risks of long-term injury outweigh the benefits of continued participation.

Read more: http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/football-helmets-reduce-concussion-risk-study-says?page=0%2C2#ixzz3RV5qOnv5
The company announced the release of a new football helmet called SpeedFlex. It is the latest advancement to follow major helmet releases by Riddell in the last decade – including the Revolution Speed (2008), and Riddell 360 (2012) – and is designed to reduce the impact of head-to-head collisions so dangerous in America’s favorite sport.
The ball is in Roger Goodell’s court. The Retired Players Union won a lawsuit on the grounds that concussion syndrome causes disabilities, mental problems, and early death.

With each passing year mothers are directing their young boys to play the game of futbol (soccer).

The NFL has to come to terms with these hard facts.

Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files, Momstream.com
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART II

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
PART II
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing as little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
THE BAD
2012 The Referee Lockout
By June 2012, the league and the NFL Referees Association had not yet come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, thus failing to resolve a labor dispute. Accordingly, the NFL locked out the regular NFL game officials, and opened the 2012 season with replacement referees.
The replacement officials consisted of low-level college and high school officials. None were Division I college referees at the time since the league wanted to protect them from union backlash and let them continue working their scheduled games during the concurrent college football season. In addition, many of the top Division I conferences barred their officials from becoming replacements anyway because they employed current and former NFL referees as officiating supervisors.
Despite Goodell stating during the preseason that he believed that the replacement officials will “do a credible job”, the inexperience of the replacement referees generated criticism by writers and players. Referencing Goodell’s aforementioned other actions as commissioner, the NFLPA issued a letter after Week 2 to the owners to end the dispute.
It did not end until the Monday Night Game in Green Bay when the Packers played the Seattle Seahawks. The game ended on a Russell Wilson Hail Mary pass to the end-zone to wide receiver Golden Tate. A funny thing happened at the end of this play. Tate and Green Bay defensemen Jennings fell to the ground with the ball in both players’ arms.
By rule simultaneous possession goes to the receiver. However, if the defense first secures control of the ball, the offense cannot get simultaneous possession merely by jointly possessing the ball; the offense must then fully secure it in its own right before getting a catch ruling.
It happened so quickly the part-time officials did not see it; one signaled a touchdown the other an incomplete pass. The play was reviewed upstairs with the replay official ruling a Seattle Seahawk touchdown.
What they don’t tell you is that the betting line was affected on that play. The Packers were 3 1/2 point favorites, and would have covered the spread if it was ruled an interception. All hell broke loose in Las Vegas as millions swung the other way. We are talking 250 million dollars.
This had to end quickly.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and his second-in-command Ray Anderson made the fatal assumption that the veteran officials were just replaceable cogs in the machinery of the NFL. Anderson admitted that the quality of the officiating would be less than the locked out officials, but it wouldn’t be much of a difference. It was rationalized that the union officials make mistakes, too.
The only thing that was decisive on this play was the league’s determination to settle the collective bargaining agreement before another game was played. Within two days a deal was reached, returning the officials to the field in less than a day.

Gambling will always be part of the NFL but there is a dark side to this and The Commissioner better keep control of it or we could be seeing more strange events on the field.

Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
PART I
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!

Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970′s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.

THE UGLY
The Sheriff laid down the law in April 2007, the first year in office with the new Personal Conduct Policies. The law and order commissioner’s first player hit under the new policy was Tennessee Titian, corner, Adam “Pacman” Jones as he “made it rain” tossing money at strip girls in a Las Vegas after the 2007 NBA All Star Game.
The second, Terry “Tank” Johnson suspended for alleged weapons possession and vehicular speeding two months later.
Then came the big one that football fans took notice of the change in the league and how Mr. Goodell handed out justice. Michael Vick quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons suspension created a firestorm because the Commissioner suspended Vick without one piece of evidence. The question was not whether Vick was guilty or not. It was the new NFL policy and how it was enforced individuals questioned.
African Americans bore the brunt of this new policy, guilty or not.
When a Caucasian player committed an alleged crime Goodell and the NFL officials took their time and weighed all the evidence but when an African American committed the same alleged crime the suspension was immediate and stern. Guilty until proven innocent.
The punishment for African Americans, was severe while for white players it was a slap on the wrist. What bothered many players was that the current commissioner was judge, jury, and executioner.
This man dispensed discipline willy-nilly with no prior criteria. All Pro defenseman Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu made it clear that Goodell had too much power and control over the disciple polices and it needed to be changed.

On September 13, 2007, Goodell disciplined the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick after New England attempted to videotape the defensive signals of the New York Jets on September 9. Belichick was fined the league maximum of $500,000 and the team itself was fined US$250,000 and the loss of their first round 2008 draft pick. Goodell came down hard on the Patriots because he felt Belichick’s authority over football operations (Belichick is effectively the Patriots’ general manager as well as head coach) was such that his decisions were “properly attributed” to the Patriots as well. Goodell said he considered suspending Belichick, but decided against it because he felt fining them and stripping them of a draft pick were “more effective” than a suspension.
This was the commissioner’s first major mistake because the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick would break the rules again nine years later.
Roger Goodell dragged his feet for the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Ron Irsay. Mr. Irsay was detained by the police for alleged DUI in Carmel, Ind. They found prescription drugs and a suitcase full of money in his automobile. It took the League and The Commissioner nine months to take any action.
This has been the Modest Operandi for this commissioner when it comes to the reprimands and suspensions of Caucasian personnel in the National Football League.
The only exception was when
The Commissioners finally laid down the law with the New Orleans Saints Bounty Gate Scandal. He should be commended because it was the first time the office stood its ground, not because of the infraction but because the Saints administration did not tell the league office the truth.colston_saints
In New Orleans in 2012 the SHERIFF threw the book at the Saints at Head Coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. On March 21, 2012, Williams was suspended from the NFL as a result of his (admitted) involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Bounties were paid for causing injuries that would take targeted players on opponent teams out of games.

Williams was suspended indefinitely because he was messing with the product. Williams directed Saints players to hurt stars in the league and that cannot happen. Goodell threw down the hammer. It was the only time Goodell handed out lengthy suspensions to Caucasian members of the National Football League.

The Commissioner was particularly angered that those involved in the program lied about it during two separate league investigations of the program.

Two years ago Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Riley “I will fight every N***** here” Cooper stated these words. He was trying to go backstage at a concert in Philadelphia. A Black security guard would not let him pass. The Philadelphia Eagles fined and suspended him for one game but the league did nothing.
The League had instituted a language policy a few months earlier which was a 15 yard penalty for using the N-word.
While the League uses one of the most despicable and racist words in America when it pertains to the Washington Football Club. The Language penalty was resented.
The Sheriff never showed up.
Next Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s and Green Bay Packer Britt Favre’s alleged sexual misconduct were never addressed and both quarterbacks received light sentences. Both players were given passes while the investigations continued. Both players never received the wrath or venom that African American players received when breaking the same laws.
The racial games continued with Jacksonville wide receiver Jaguar Matt Jones On July 10, 2008 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jones was arrested at gunpoint and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
Jones and one other former Arkansas football player, Jared Hicks, were inside a vehicle that was searched by police. The police found a plastic bag filled with six grams of a white substance that tested positive as cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue. Officers questioned Jones and he acknowledged the white powder was in fact cocaine, the report said.
Matt’s father made a statement that Matt was not in possession of any drugs but was in the vehicle that had the drugs.
Matt Jones did not spend a day in jail.
The NFL suspended Jones for three weeks for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was in the lineup for Week 8, pending an appeal. On December 9, 2008, the NFL upheld Jones’ three-game suspension which caused him to miss the rest of the season.
Jones played three more games while the league investigated the charges. The Double Standard raised its ugly head.
Next The Commissioner wanted to stop players leading tackles with their helmets but here again he picked and chose which player would be fined. Goodell released a memo to every team in the league stating that, “It is clear to me that further action is required to emphasize the importance of teaching safe and controlled techniques and of playing within the rules”.
Mr. Goodell forgot one thing, RACE. It seems that All Pro middle linebacker of the Green Bay Packers, Clay Matthews can tackle anybody in anyway. Early this season Matthews hit San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of bounds with a flying tackle. Matthew’s elbow hit the chin of Kaepernick causing a slight concussion. Matthews led with his helmet something The Commissioner had stressed players not to do before the season started. NO FLAG, NO DISCIPLINE.
Matthews committed the infraction again in the NFL playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson threw an interception in the second quarter and Matthews went head hunting when the Packers received the ball. When Matthews launched himself through the air to tackle Wilson, he missed!!!! AGAIN, Matthews led with his helmet. He missed because Number 3 with his baseball skills sled under Matthews avoiding a certain concussion. AGAIN NO FLAG, NO DISCIPLINE.

The breaking point for African American football fans happened was the way the league handled or mishandled the Ray Rice- Baltimore Raven running back and Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Viking running back, abuse cases. The Commissioner threw the book at both of them but not before a second bite at the judicial apple.
The League and Goodell ignored the abuse problem until they were put on Front Street by TMZ, The Television Magazine show. Four teams had multiple cases of spousal abuse this year and the league did not say a word, the game happened to be more important than female lives.
Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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