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Harddrive7
11-22-2004, 02:56 PM
I don't think that this has been posted. Has anyone ever read this guy before?

Posted on Mon, Nov. 22, 2004



http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/basketball/10242339.htm?1c






I M A G E S A N D R E L A T E D C O N T E N T




Jason Whitlock




R E L A T E D L I N K S
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Black players in particular should heed Stern warning

JASON WHITLOCK

NBA commissioner David Stern sent a message to his players Sunday.
By issuing three of the harshest penalties in league history a 73-game suspension of Ron Artest, 30 games for Stephen Jackson and 25 games for Jermaine O'Neal Stern let his players know that the league will aggressively try to clean up its image problem.

For their role in Friday's ugly brawl at Detroit, the Pacers, favorites to represent the East in the NBA finals, received the death penalty. Indiana's season is over. O'Neal, Artest, both All-Stars, and Jackson are Indiana's three best players.

Stern had no choice. TV ratings for the league have been steadily falling since Michael Jordan's heyday. The league's image has been in decline since Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Jordan ruled.

Allen Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, Kobe Bryant, Dream Team failures, an embrace of all the negative aspects of the hip-hop culture and a horrid style of play have conspired to make the NBA easy to ignore. By decimating the Pacers and publicly acknowledging that there has been a lowering of expectations in terms of player (and fan) behavior, Stern made it clear he's not in denial about the NBA's troubles.

I am, however, concerned that the league's players will remain in denial. Surrounded by groupies and yes-men, fortified by multimillion-dollar contracts and endorsement deals, it will be easy for NBA players to misinterpret Stern's warning.

In this column, I am calling on my peers in the media to level with NBA players (and all professional athletes) and tell them what's really going on.
American sports fans, particularly those who consistently shell out the hundreds of dollars it takes to attend a professional game, are fed up with black professional basketball players in particular and black professional athletes to a lesser degree.

Yeah, let's cut through all the garbage and get to the real issue. The people paying the bills don't like the product, don't like the attitude, don't like the showboating and don't like the flamboyance. The NBA, which relies heavily on African-American players, is at the forefront of fan backlash. Stern realizes this, and that's why, spurred on by the Detroit brawl, he is reacting decisively.

What the players must come to grips with is that just because race is an element in the backlash, that doesn't mean the backlash is fueled by racism.
We're witnessing a clash of cultures. A predominately white fan base is rejecting a predominately black style of play and sportsmanship.

Who is on the right side of this argument? The group that is always right in a capitalistic society. The customer. That's why Stern, endorsed by his owners, came down hard on the players. He stated that the NBA would take steps to ensure that its fans improved their behavior. But Stern knows the real solutions are in the hands of his players. A good businessman caters to his audience. They don't play country music at my dad's inner-city bar for a reason.

Stern's players must bow to the desires of their fan base.

In general, African-American athletes have always been for lack of a better description more expressive and flamboyant on the field of play. Go back to the Negro Leagues showboating was part of the entertainment package. The Negro Leagues catered to a predominately black fan base.

We, black people, begged for integration. We demanded the right to play in the major leagues, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL. These leagues accommodate a white audience. As long as the customer base is white, the standard for appropriate sportsmanship, style of play and appearance should be set by white people.

This is fair, particularly when the athletes/employees earn millions of dollars and have the freedom to do whatever and I mean whatever they want when they're not playing or practicing.

If African-American players are unwilling to accept this reality, NBA owners will speed up the internationalization of their team's rosters. Many African-American players with NBA-quality skill will soon find themselves circling the country playing basketball with Hot Sauce and the And 1 Tour while Yao Nowitzki collects a $10 million NBA check.

The black players will have no one to blame but themselves.


Spacing

RWB
11-22-2004, 03:04 PM
Yes, this jerk I hate to say did live in Indy. He has kicked the Colts for years and especially after we knocked the KC Chiefs out of the playoffs during the Harbaugh years.

BigMac
11-22-2004, 03:15 PM
Please post nothing more from Jason Whitlock. He was a teammate of Jeff George's at WC (enough said) and is a poor writer and just a guy who doesn't have a handle on reality.

McKeyFan
11-22-2004, 03:31 PM
"A predominately white fan base is rejecting a predominately black style of play"

Wrong. Myself and probably thousands of other stereotypical fans of disciplined, fundamental "white" basketball love Artest for that very reason. He's fundamental. And great.

stipo
11-22-2004, 06:09 PM
Well, I don't agree with everything Whitlock writes, but I have believed the backlash has been happening for some time. People on this board love basketball, be the players white, black, or plaid. But the casual fan looks for people he can relate to, and that includes color my friends.

Nascar. Extreme sports. Notice how these two have exploded in popularity in the past decade? Now let's count all of the black Nascar drivers shall we? These are sports that blacks haven't infiltrated yet. So the casual white fan is attracted to those sports like they are to the milky white suburbs of Carmel, Fishers, and Avon (white suburbs of Indianapolis). Nothing really racist about it, just the way it is.

The NFL has escaped the backlash because of the ever prevelant white QB. As long as great white quarterbacks like Peyton Manning exist, the NFL will be safe. And as long as the black players keep there helmets on, and don't draw attention to themselves(don't celebrate too much,etc), the money keeps rolling in.

The hayday of the NBA was Bird/Magic. Magic was always smiling and friendly. Couldn't be threatened by him could we. Then Jordan rose to power (and was there ever a black man who was racially neutral than him ? Oh, yeah, Tiger Woods.) These guys knew which side there bread was buttered on. Zeke was the same way. There are little old ladies all over Indiana who loved him because he was always smilin'.

As a white NBA fan, I know that a lot of my white friends don't love the league for the reasons Whitlock states. Too bad for them, 'cause we all know when you look past the color, it's still the most beautiful game in the world.

Shade
11-22-2004, 06:35 PM
There's always some worthless, racist POS who has to make everything into a race issue.

stipo
11-22-2004, 06:58 PM
There's always some worthless, racist POS who has to make everything into a race issue.
:laugh: I'm a racist? :laugh: Or maybe you meant reverse-racist, who knows?
I'm a white guy who loves the NBA and just saying why many OTHER white people don't. Calling it the way I see it. If you don't agree, well, I don't really care.
And I'm not calling white people who want to watch white people in sport racist either. At this point in our country, that's just how it is. We are all more comfortable with what we know.




So sorry.

Hicks
11-22-2004, 06:59 PM
I think he was talking about the article, cheese.

stipo
11-22-2004, 07:24 PM
I think he was talking about the article, cheese.

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