In an effort to go where we’ve never gone before, today we’re going to examine Superman and his hidden power. Leggo!!!!

For years now, we’ve watched him stand for truth, justice and the American way. In doing these this, he’s proven himself to be more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. We’ve looked heavenward and all simultaneously said, “Look up on in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane…no it’s Superman. My question is, have we ever asked ourselves some more simple questions. Like, I understand with him being Kryptonian that his molecular DNA allows him to float and to fly but where does the propulsion come from? How is it that he’s able to catch structures and not have them crumble under their own weight? How is he able to catch Lois while she’s falling (thank you “Big Bang Theory”) and not cut her in half as she literally falls into his arms?
Well, if you’ve asked yourself these questions and many more comparable questions, I have the answer for you right here. Kal-El is a telekinetic. Sure it’s never been discussed and in the comic world it probably never will be. That’s okay, I’m more than willing to discuss it here. Ahhhh, there are those of you who doubt me? That’s fine. Let’s make it make sense, shall we? Cool; leggo.
Kal is as strong as…well heck, he’s the strongest man on the planet. That’s a given. Yet how does that explain the feets of strength he exhibits? On more than one occasion, we’ve seen him catch a huge structure such as a building that is falling, only to reestablish it positioning and use his heat vision to seal it back in place. While being able to physically halt the building from falling, theoretically…the building being able to support its own weight while he holds it together is highly improbable if not impossible altogether.
When flying at the speed of sound to catch Lois Lane who has fallen out of (oh heck she’s always falling, right), how is Kal able to fly at the speed of sound and then catch her, albeit after she’s built up her own momentum without breaking her in two? Once again, this is not possible but has happened on numerous occasions. The answer is simple. Unbeknownst to Kal, he’s also a telekinetic. His telekenisis though is not a conscious type of power. The power is purely instinctual at best. It activates when it needs to. Knowingly, Kal does not have access to this power. So when Lois is falling out of the sky and Kal is speeding through the air to catch her, telekinetically…he supports her bone structure as not to shatter it once he catches her.
It’s similar to when the globe of the Daily Planet starts to fall earthward, Kal catches it. In doing so, he unknowingly activates his telekinesis which supports the structure of the globe while he lowers it to earth. The same explanation is justified when he catches a bridge that’s about to collapse or a plane that’s about to fall out of the sky. This is especially prevalent when he floats about 6 feet above ground right before accelerating into the sky. Think not? Explain this then.
Superman’s skin is incredibly dense (bullet proof…remember) which indicates more than likely he also weighs more than the average person. There’s never been any speculation that he’s able to decrease his density ala the “Vision” from Marvel Comics and thus become lighter than air. Thus, to float, he would need to disrupt the gravitational field. Mind you, this is different than him just flexing his leg muscles and jumping into the air. I’m speaking of when he’s actually just hovering in the air. Now add to that, when he goes from regularly flying to flying at the speed of sound, where does the propulsion come from? It’s because unbeknownst to him, he has willed it, i.e. telekinetically he has sped himself up.
Since Superman has never spoken on this ability I’m pretty sure he’s unaware that it exists. This is even more fascinating considering that Kal El is far from stupid. To be quite honest, he’s pretty darn intelligent. He comes from an advanced civilization although rarely does he fall back on his intelligence to overcome an enemy who relies solely on physical abilities. That being said, I’m pretty sure there’s only one character in the DC Universe who has speculated on Kal El’s ability . That character being Batman. I’m out.

Now that I have your attention, please know…I do not have a problem with Jameis Winston. For that matter I don’t have a problem with his accuser who still remains nameless. Who do I have a problem with? I have a problem with all surrounding parties. Today we go “HARD IN THE PAINT” on the handling of the Jameis Winston Sexual Assault Case. Leggo.
Some of you may be wondering why I waited until now to comment on the Jameis Winston case. Well for one, I wanted the entire situation to play itself…from the announcement that an investigation was under way, to the ruling of State District Attorney Willie Meggs to Jameis Winston eventually winning the Heisman Trophy. I’m a father. I have daughters so allow me to just say right off the rip that there is no way in hell this thing would have played itself out a year later had one of my daughters come home and said, “Daddy…I’ve been raped.”
Allegedly the rape took place during December of 2012 and was reported to the Tallahassee Police Department on December 7, 2012. Per USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/acc/2013/11/22/jameis-winston-sexual-battery-allegation-florida-states-seminoles/3672039/ here is a timeline of the events in question. In January of 2013, the complainant identified Jameis Winston as the rapist to the Tallahassee Police Department. In February of 2013, Jameis’ attorney Tim Jansen was contacted by TPD (Tallahassee Police Department) stating that the case was closed. PAUSE.
Anyone else besides myself see the movie, “A Time To Kill” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey. If you haven’t I won’t reveal the plot but let’s just say I’m prone to erring more on the side of Mr. Jackson’s character as opposed to how these events played out in real life. How so? Well let’s continue. After TPD announced the case was closed…nothing happened. I mean nothing literally happened. The accuser’s attorney did nothing. The accuser’s family did nothing. Now maybe I have this whole thing confused but no one did nothing? Everybody just went on their merry way? Really? I don’t believe my conviction is that strong to sit back and let it go…ahhhh but wait…something did happen.
On Friday, November 8, 2013 a reporter from the Tampa Times by the name of Matt Baker makes a public records request of the December incident using the case number. At that time, Florida State is 8-0. Jameis Winston is being touted for the Heisman Trophy after his performance against Clemson. Florida is also in the National Championship race with really no one left to play on their schedule. After their demolition of Wake Forest on national television bringing their record to 9-0, TMZ makes a public records request seeking records involving Winston.
Hold on for a minute. Why all the sudden interest in Winston. Listen I live here in Tallahassee, Florida and I can tell you Jameis Winston wasn’t on my radar a year ago. I’m a Georgia Bulldog football fan and I knew of E. J. Manuel was the starter for FSU and that Aaron Murray was my guy at Georgia. That’s it. Per BlackSportsOnLine http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/11/jameis-winstons-accuser-lawyer-says-she-isnt-doing-this-for-money/ The accuser’s attorney, Patricia Carroll made this statement on November 22, 2013, “It is absolutely untrue. This is a victim of rape, which occurred on Dec. 7. She identified this guy sometime in January. This whole situation — think about it, think about it — if she wanted to ruin this guy, she would have done it a long time ago.”
“She’s not someone with any interest in ruining the football team,” Carroll said. “If this victim was interested in notoriety, why would she have not taken any action all this time? Anyone with a brain can see that. It’s ludicrous. It only came out when someone from the press got a hold of this. It’s really ruined her life. There’s no benefit in this to her whatsoever. She’s a good girl, and this is a nightmare. She was trying to move on with her life, and there was no benefit to her.”
Okay, I get it. Ms. Carroll is an attorney and much smarter than me when it comes to the judicial system but maybe she allow someone else to speak publicly for her. See the reporter from the Tampa Times, Mr. Matt Baker? He didn’t just arbitrarily contact TPD. That’s not how this works. Why? Because he had no reason to. Someone tipped him off. As a matter of fact, TMZ didn’t just decide to make a public records request to TPD. TMZ is a “celebrity gossip show” located out in Los Angeles and guess what? Jameis Winston did not become a celebrity until the fall of 2013. So now the question becomes…just how did a celebrity gossip show get wind of the Jameis Winston allegation before…ESPN? Once again…it was leaked and it was leaked to an entity whose job it is to make people look…bad.
I’m not saying Ms. Carroll’s client was not raped. I’m simply saying that the best time to come out against Jameis Winston was not in 2012. The beginning of the football season wasn’t even the best time to come out against Jameis Winston because he could’ve been a bust and so could the Seminoles. Noooo, the best time to come out against this young man was exactly the time the reports started leaking. As stated earlier, he was being touted for a Heisman. He’d even been given a nick name. Famous Jameis is what people started calling him. During this time frame I just shook my head saying to myself, “It couldn’t have been my daughter. Nope, old Mr. Butler would’ve handled this a long time ago.” Think I’m just putting on? Just ask my wife. She’s seen me up close and personal and knows how I feel about my daughters and that has always been her biggest concern…that somebody would hurt them and I would either wind up dying over it or going to jail.
I digress though because according the timeline, TPD reopened their investigation on November 12, 2013. It’s not like they really had a choice given the media scrutiny they were under. That being said…there were several statements released by the Ms. Carroll, the State District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Jansen and several other people. ESPN and ESPN2 via their news shows reported on alleged rape on a daily basis. Questions were asked, intentions were debated and ramifications were discussed. How was this going to affect the Seminoles? Could they stay focused? Would Jameis become distracted? Would it affect his Heisman Trophy campaign? Silently I just shook my head because what truly mattered was what truly mattered and nobody seemed to really care about what truly mattered…was what I thought to myself.
What truly mattered was this. Jameis Winston won the Heisman with 2,205 votes. The next closest person had 704 votes. Mind you that was after 115 voters left Jameis off of their ballot altogether. Know what that means? This young man is considered guilty in their eyes. I don’t know if any of those people will ever come forward but by leaving Winston off of their ballot, their belief was made known, regardless of whether it will ever be made public. Winston, a redshirt freshman only has to play one more season at FSU before turning pro. If he does decide to do so at that time…he will have to field questions from all 32 NFL teams and their representatives regarding the alleged rape. That’s a shame.
As for the young lady. She’s been manipulated by those who sought to use her to gain some form of fame. See the right thing to do was not sit back and wait. Her attorney made the mistake of not pressing the issue and then playing the public sentiment card. She lost. Public sentiment would have been with the young lady when this first happened. To hell with FSU. If she was actually raped, let’s scream it to the mountain tops and have her accuser go before trial…before he gets some fancy schmancy nick name. I feel for her because those that should’ve had her back…did not. Her attorney is her attorney and when TPD stopped the investigation, we should’ve heard from Ms. Carroll in February 2013 not TMZ in November, 2013. I hold Ms. Carroll and those around the young responsible for this debacle because they failed her. I hold the legal system responsible because it comes across as though they showed FSU and specifically Jameis Winston some form of favoritism and it’s way too obvious that someone within the judicial system did do exactly. These two young people will forever be scarred by this moment and it’s not their fault. It’s all of those involved who decided to put their own personal agendas ahead of these two young people. I’m out.

Dear EA Sports,
I’m one of your many, many fans who’re disappointed that you are no longer making NCAA College Football. That being said, I certainly understand why you’re discontinuing the brand. The ironic part in all of this is that some of the people who are suing you over their likenesses being used on your product also played your game. I would argue that some high school kids actually looked forward to working hard enough to making their way into college and actually being in your game.
Living in Tallahassee, I cannot tell you the number of college football players I’ve come across who either went to FSU or FAMU and bragged about being in your game. They took pride in it. That being said, they will also suffer the loss of there no longer being an NCAA College Football game to play. That doesn’t mean however that you should stop making the game. As a matter of fact, you should be working on a college football game for 2014. Maybe you could call it EA Sports College Football. You’re pretty good at being ingenious when it comes to this product…so do so again.
One of the ideas to fall back on is the original game that started it all…Bill Walsh College Football. I remember owning it on the Sega Genesis and how I and my friends from Camilla, Georgia would play that game for hours. Since I was then living in Tallahassee, Florida…of course I played with the team from Tallahassee. Here’s the thing. There were no “Official Teams” in the game but that didn’t take away from the game play. It didn’t take away from the excitement. You had such original bowls as the Maple Bowl, Palm Bowl, Pecan Bowl, and Redwood Bowl. As a matter of fact, one of the things I loved most about those early games was the near empty stadiums for teams that performed badly. That was as real as it got to me.
That being said don’t be daunted. One of the best things about this particular generation of your College Sports Franchise is being able to create your own team. I don’t know if you’ve ever went to “Team Builder” but people spend hours, maybe days creating their own teams. I and my friends had 11 “Atari” League teams that we’d created back during the Atari 2600 days. I put all those teams on Team Builder. I guess what I’m saying is that you or rather we don’t need the NCAA or their teams to enjoy your product. Your game is good enough to not require their services any longer.
If I had to make a few suggestions, bring back the realistic crowds. Keep your affiliation with Nike, Addidas, Under Armor and Russell Athletics. Allow teams to have to win enough games to get the Sponsor that they like. Update the “Team Builder” mode to allow people to be able to create more than 2 helmets and more than 2 pair of pants for their teams. On your Playstation 2 model, a created team can have 4 helmets, jerseys and pants. Just update the site to allow for the same thing. This increases the in game experience and trust me; you won’t see a drop in sales. If anything, your fans (including myself) will snatch them off the shelves because this will finally be a game for us, made for us, brought to us by the creators at EA Sports that we’ve learned to appreciate over the years.

Sincerely,

One of Your Biggest Fans

(Hopefully this blog falls into the right hands)

Anyone that knows me knows that I love the Georgia Bulldogs. I live in Tallahassee, Florida where it’s almost unheard of to be a Georgia Fan. Heck, I know people born in Georgia that are Florida and Florida State fans. You have no idea how much that bothers me. I really do consider those people traitors to their state but I digress. This isn’t about them. It’s about my beloved football team. Before I go any further…let me also say, I think Mark Richt is a great coach. With that being said…leggo!!!!!
I’m 45 years old so my cognizant time of being a Georgia Bulldog fan comes during Vince Dooley’s tenure as head coach. Man I loved me some Hershel Walker. Seeing him bowl over people as he ran for first downs and touchdowns was enough to lock me into playing football for the rest of my life (I’m still playing competitive flag football at the age of…45). On Sunday morning during the “Vince Dooley Show” I would have my football in one hand while stiff arming the furniture with the other hand (I’m an only child). Those are memories I cherish to this day. The Bulldogs were winners. Coach Dooley was 201-77-10 as a head coach. He won six SEC Championships and a National Title in 1980. Then Coach Dooley left after the 1988 season and mediocrity settled into Athens, Georgia.
When Dooley left, Ray Goff took over as Head Coach. His record from 1989 to 1995 was 46-34-1. His teams were 0–5 against Tennessee, 1–6 against Florida, 2–4–1 against Auburn, 5–2 against Georgia Tech and won no conference titles. During his time at Georgia, Goff was often derisively referred to as Ray “Goof”, a nickname given to him by former Florida and current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier
Next up we had Jim Donnan, who took over as head coach in 1996 and coached the Bulldogs until 2000, posting a 40–19–0 record (.678 winning percentage). Donnan’s teams produced no conference titles and were 1–4 against Tennessee, 2–3 against Auburn, 1–4 against Florida and 2–3 against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs lost to all four of these rivals in 1999 and only posted a win against Tennessee in 2000. Donnan had a 4–0 bowl record. If you’re not getting the drift by now…I can tell you that I got tired of losing to Steve Spurrier (the epitome of a sore winner if I ever saw one) and Peyton Manning and damn near any other quarterback that chose to put on a Tennessee uniform. It was horrible.
Then enter Mark Richt in 2001, the former Offensive Coordinator for Florida State. Living in Tallahassee I was too thrilled. Richt’s offensive schemes had seen FSU play for 4 National Championships while winning 2. If anyone could restore the shine back to those “Silver Britches” it was Richt…and you know what, he’s done exactly that. His record, as of January 2, 2013, is 118–40–0. Under his watch, Georgia has won the SEC Championship twice and has played in 6 SEC Championships…and all of that is good but is that all we want in Georgia…to be good?
That was the good, now here’s the ugly. In 2003…Coach Nick Saban and the LSU Tigers blitzed the Bulldogs out of the SEC Championship and won a National Title. Mind you; he had been at LSU since 1999. Nevertheless, Saban left after 2004 to coach the Miami Dolphins. In 2005, enter Urban Meyer. Well all he does is win National Championships with Florida in 2006 and 2008. After Saban left for the National Football League, Les Miles took over as Head Coach for the LSU Tigers and won a National Championship in 2007. In January of 2007, Nick Saban returns to College Football as the Head Coach at Alabama. What does he do? He goes out and wins a National Title in 2009. In 2008, Auburn hires Gene Chizik as their Head Coach and this guy has to be the symbol of a one hit wonder in College Football as he (along with the assistance of Cam Newton) claimed a National Title in 2010. He was promptly fired after the 2011 season. Oh did I mention Nick Saban…he’s also won National Championships at Alabama in 2011 and 2012 and for those of you who aren’t taking his notice, he’s got Alabama poised to win another title this year.
Arguably from 1992 to 2011, Georgia is in the top 10 when it comes to producing talent for the National Football League. For sure until last year, Mark Richt had never had a 3 year starter let alone a 4 year starter under center until Aaron Murray came along. There’s an even bigger argument though that his teams have flat out underperformed. Why…I have no idea. To see Alabama not be able to throw against Georgia but basically run the Bulldogs out of the Georgia Dome during the 2013 SEC Championship game was absolutely embarrassing.
Here’s the thing, since Vince Dooley left and before Mark Richt, Georgia fans have had to settle for mediocrity at best. Those Georgia teams between Dooley and Richt were either flat out bad or barely average. Under Richt, our Georgia teams are good. Under Dooley they were great…under Richt…good. Between the two men…that’s twelve long years to get used to not being very good. After awhile, you don’t want to but you start to settle. Then a coach comes along and gives you some semblance of success and you take it. Who can blame you? You certainly don’t want to go back to the twelve years of suffering but don’t you want better? Don’t you want to be the best? Don’t we deserve to have a National Championship as well? Some may think I’m being hard but under Richt’s tenure at Georgia, four different SEC Schools…Alabama, LSU, Florida and Auburn have won National Titles. That’s four different schools and four different coaches…one of whom, (Gene Chizik) I would argue isn’t even on the same level of coaching when it comes to Mark Richt. The other guy, Nick Saban has won 3 National Titles. That being said, do I think Richt should be fired? No. What I do think is that like us as Georgia fans, he shouldn’t be content to be…just good. I’m out.

Last week we went hard in the paint on the Jonathan Martin vs. Richie Incognito issue that’s plaguing the Miami Dolphins. Since then, more has come out and the more that has come out, the more out of touch and older I feel. Today we’re going to go Hard In The Paint as we examine the word Nigger/Nigga and its place in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room. Leggo!!!!
By now, we’re all aware or at least should be aware of the “alleged bullying” farce that has surrounded the Miami Dolphins in the past two weeks. On one side we have Richie Incognito who is staunchly supported by his Dolphins teammates. For sure, Incognito has not been without his own issues. Some have described him as the dirtiest player in the game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers had their issues with Incognito’s attitude as well as the St. Louis Rams. In Miami, it is being leaked that Incognito got into a fight with a bouncer at a club (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1746050-richie-incognito-punched-security-guard-at-hotel-nightclub-before-training-camp) and sexually harassed a young lady at a gold tournament (http://tracking.si.com/2013/11/07/richie-incognito-harassment-golf-police-report-jonathan-martin/). It should be reported though, that Incognito himself as a youth was the victim of bullying…often because of his weight (http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/sports/sports_blogs_local/riche-incognito-bullied-as-a-kid-then-came-his-dads-advise).
Next up we have Jonathan Martin. His parents are third generation Harvard Graduates. Yep, let me say that again…both of his parents are third generation Harvard Graduates. This is a picture of his father (http://cbapp.csudh.edu/depts/public/gmartin/). This is a picture of his mother (http://washingtonlife.smugmug.com/2013photos/Congressional-Black-Caucus/27679959_RLshpx/2331958230_2qDkxfm#!i=2331958230&k=2qDkxfm). Martin attended John Thomas Dye School, a top 3 private elementary school in Los Angeles and for High School he went to Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. I say that to say all of this…both of these young men couldn’t be any more different from one another. Based on their backgrounds, some might argue that Incognito was the black guy and that Martin was the white guy. As a matter of fact, that argument has already been made by many in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room and that’s exactly where this article is headed next.
Call me old school. Call me old fashioned. Call me a by-product of being raised by my grandparents in a small rural town named Camilla, Georgia. Call my position on this topic skewered by the fact that I knew and talked with my great grandfather and knew that his mother was a slave. I’m 45 by the way but yes you can base it on all of those things but we’ve gotten way too generous with the word Nigger/Nigga. By us, I mean African Americans. Before I continue, let me just say…my grandfather, Mr. Anderson Butler was an ornery man. He could curse with the best of them and calling you outta your name was not a problem if he felt the need to. What he never felt the need to do though…was call another black man a Nigga/Nigger. He didn’t use it in anger and he damn sure didn’t use it as some type of so called term of endearment. It could be said that my grandfather was a forefather to our race. If not him…definitely his mother and his grandmother were part of the forefathers to our race.
Now word comes out of the Miami Dolphins’ locker room that not only was Richie Incognito perceived by many to be blacker than Jonathan Martin, not only was he adopted into the “black brotherhood” but he was also given the freedom to use the word Nigga/Nigger whenever he liked and with whomever he liked. Really? What in the hell is going on down in Miami, Florida? Just who in the world are these so called adult black men speaking for as a race of people because they damn sure aren’t speaking for me? Lemme say this. I can remember during the summer of say 1983 when I, being a youngster said to a guy who was older than me by two years “Ahh Nigga, shut up.” The young man’s name was James Jackson and he said to me as serious as he could, “Don’t ever call me a Nigga. I’m not a Nigga. A white person hears you say that and they’ll think its okay to call me that and I’m not a Nigga.” I said okay because you know what…he was right. He wasn’t a Nigga. He was a person…who by the way led us to the Georgia Class AAA State Championship that year.
What in the world has happened to the African American Race? Seemingly not only are you automatically a Nigga/Nigger to white Americans when you come out the womb of your mother but you’re also a also a Nigga/Nigger to black Americans as well, that is unless you’ve been the beneficiary of an upbringing that is not on par with what society deems “black enough.” Now here’s the irony of such a moronic point of view. Black Americans can deem one another black enough based on their upbringing but to everyone else, especially those who do not particularly care for black folks…you’re nothing more than a Nigger. So to sum this up, if you’re an African American coming from a long line of educated and financially well off African Americans, to a group of idiotic blacks, you’re not good enough to be called a Nigga but to a group of idiotic whites…you’re black enough to be called a Nigger? Please tell me it’s not just me. Please tell me someone else see’s something wrong with this. Please.
Honestly, I just don’t give a damn and excuse my language but this piss poor “Willie Lynch” attitude that we as African Americans seem so damned determined to follow is absolutely pathetic. The truly sad part is that most of the leaders today amongst the African American Race are entertainers. Yep, your rappers, your actors and even some African American clergymen are entertainers. And the kids today, they are mimicking the entertainers. Once again, here’s irony…the one kid who chose to emulate his parents…bruthas in the Dolphins’ locker room told him he wasn’t black enough. Ain’t that something? So I’m to sit here and say to myself, there was no “James Jackson” in that locker room? There was no brutha in there saying that to call each other Niggas/Niggers isn’t cool? There was no brutha in there saying to Richie Incognito that to call a black man a Nigga/Nigger isn’t cool. Outta 53 players…not one brutha stood up? Oh I got you that you don’t like how Jonathan Martin stood/didn’t stand up for himself but are you not equally if not more appalled by the seemingly lack of respect that black men not only have for one another but for themselves?
I’m absolutely stumped. When did we stop giving a damn as a race? When did we just say, “To hell with it” as a race? When did we cumulatively say that the very title our ancestors fought not to be called, died to disassociate themselves from, were called by as they hung helplessly from a tree, were shot at as crosses burnt in their yards that we were going to now be called by…not only by other races but now we ourselves are going to start calling each other by this derogatory term? When? Can someone please tell me when this happened? I really would like to know.
I have a couple of questions though and I aim them to each and every African American that reads this article. When you think of the word Nigger/Nigga…what image comes to mind and when you think of yourself as a Nigger/Nigga…exactly what do you think of yourself? Mind you, I have a Facebook account and a twitter account and my “Friends” and “Followers” are broad and wide. In essence, without judging…I see how you conduct yourself. I see how you speak to people. Allow me to say this in parting…I no longer want to be a part of the Nigga/Nigger race. I don’t even want to be mistakenly associated with that race of people. My heritage, my legacy means too much to me than that. If you thought I was a part of that race, I’m not. I’m an African American. Either as a term of endearment or a term of hatred, if you wanna call me something, anything, call me by my name…Mr. Gerald Theoplis Butler. I’m out.

Certainly by now, those of us in the sports world have heard, discussed and read about the Richie Incognito vs. Jonathan Martin situation going on with the Miami Dolphins. Leggo!!!!
For those of you who have not heard of this ummm, situation please click on this link http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9926139/richie-incognito-miami-dolphins-used-slurs-messages-jonathan-martin. Now before I continue, allow me to share some of my past experiences with football. I played all the way up to the Semi Pro level. I’ve been the victim of attempted bullying on at least 3 separate occasions. I say attempted because I always fought back whether the person was bigger than me or not. I’ve also been the recipient of being hazed. I got thrown in the shower by my high school varsity teammates. I’ve even gotten into a shouting match with a Coach on the Semi Pro level who I felt slighted me at practice.
It’s taken me a while to realize, I don’t process anger well. I’m a happy go lucky guy and when I’m angry, I’m angry. I see red and I really wanna hurt someone when I get to that level. That being said, I’ve sat back and had some rather informative debates with friends of mine regarding this incident involving Incognito and Martin. I’ve also read remarks from Antrel Rolle (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9931466/antrel-rolle-new-york-giants-says-jonathan-martin-stood-in-miami-dolphins-harassment-case). I’ve listened to Dan LeBatard on Mike & Mike in the morning basically state that players feeling like Martin should’ve stood up for himself is the wrong approach…that Martin did the right thing. He even sorta kinda chastised Mike Golic for his beliefs which mirror my own.
We also have the NFL Countdown crew weighing in on the situation at this link http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9928049. This is ESPN’s “First Take” stance on the issue http://youtu.be/N-Pix2iVD84. This is a video from ESPN’s “Numbers Never Lie.” Here’s a tweet from Incognito to ESPN’s Adam Schefter…
Richie incognito ✔ @68INCOGNITO
@AdamSchefter Enough is enough If you or any of the agents you sound off for have a problem with me, you know where to find me #BRINGIT
8:52 AM – 3 Nov 2013
I put these links out there because I want people to read and listen. I want people to read, look and listen because what we’ve done on so many occasions (especially on this particular incident)is call a man’s masculinity into play based on whether or not he’s willing to vocally stand up to another man who is berating him. Well the question I ask is…who are we to judge? Sure, you can judge the action but judge the man? Until you’ve walked in another man’s shoes, it’s real hard to do that.
As stated earlier, I’ve had people attempt to bully me. Why I have no idea but I do know that to stop it, I had to mentally be ready to take matters to a level the bully wasn’t prepared to. See bullies don’t quit unless they feel they will take a lost. We like to say that bullies are cowards and true, some of them are but some bullies are sick individuals and the only way to end their bullying is to take them out…literally. I don’t believe that Richie Incognito was a bully. I actually feel like he’s a sick individual. Understand, he called Martin on the phone and left a voice mail. On that voice mail, he called him a half nigger and told him he would kill him. Mind you, all the other stuff, I would’ve said, “Theo, you gotta whup this guy’s ass.” Even the mother insult would’ve just required a simple ass whupping. But now the nigger comment and threatening my life? Well let’s just say I would’ve asked Richie was he prepared to die. I don’t take threats against my life lightly and if you make such a threat…I’m going to find out if your heart pumps that type of blood.
That being said, I’m disappointed to say the least in comments made by Antrel Rolle along with comments made by some of the Miami Dolphins. See before you are a football player, you are a black man, an African American and for Incognito to make comments such as this says a lot about how he feels about African Americans in general. I mean damn, Riley Cooper made racist comments at a concert that weren’t directed at any specific teammates and he caught way more flack from his African American teammates. Really? Really? So let me see if I get this right, players don’t want Riley Cooper on their team but Richie Incognito you want? Mike Wallace this is directly aimed at you, I am so damn glad you are no longer a Steeler. These are Wallace’s comments on the matter, http://www.nfl.com/videos/miami-dolphins/0ap2000000276797/Wallace-I-wish-Richie-was-here. Are you serious? Are you serious? He’s a great guy? These comments are made after the voice mail excerpts were revealed to the public. Eagle’s running back, LeSean McCoy publicly said he lost respect for Cooper and this was based on Cooper not threatening a fellow teammate but here Wallace is saying, “Coops a great guy.” Are you serious Mike? Brutha, good riddance.
Let me say this to Jonathan Martin. I can’t say I would’ve did what you would’ve done. At 5’8” 220 lbs, I would’ve had to go see about Richie, height and weight difference be damned. That’s me though. How you chose to handle the situation was right for you and I publicly admonish those who look down on you and question your manhood for doing so and here’s why. You are in the National Football League after being drafted in the Second Round of the 2012 draft. Mind you, you declared early. You play Offensive Tackle, a position that requires collisions on every snap of the ball. You don’t get to that level of play by being soft. You’ve put in the necessary work to a professional football player. I say to you, great job. You did what was best for you and you resolved this matter in a manner that was best for you…not for the organization, nor for a teammate but what was best for you. That’s to be commended, not condemned.
For the naysayers out there, I say this. Maybe Martin doesn’t do well with anger. Maybe he has no off switch when he gets angry. Maybe a fight with him is a fight to the death. Smirk all you like but for some people, that’s how they live their life. For some people, they go their entire life suppressing their anger because their very own experience has taught them that, “I can’t come back from being angry” so they do everything to not get angry. Then there are people who are very non-confrontational. Just like there are some people who search out confrontations, there are some people who do everything to avoid it. People wanna question how Martin resolved his issues with Incognito? Screw you. He went to his father who raised him and asked him how to handle it. His father, Gus Martin (a Harvard Grad and a Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at the California State University, Dominguez Hills) advised his son. And I’m pretty sure that his mother Jane Howard-Martin (also a Harvard Grad and currently a corporate lawyer at Toyota) his mother advised him as well…son, you stand more to lose financially by engaging into fisticuffs with this goon. They advised him that there was another way. Who are we to judge? I’m out.

Last comment, be prepared for Richie Incognito to point the finger at Dolphin teammates and Coaches who knew and conspired and supported him in antagonizing Jonathan Martin.

As the NFL season approaches the midway point, the NFL itself as an organization finds itself still dealing with an issue that presented itself well before the preseason…Washington’s usage of the name “Redskins.” Washington’s owner, Daniel Snyder has gone on record as saying that he would never change the name. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that he supports Snyder’s stance. Just recently, members of the Oneida Nation (a Native American Organization that opposes the usage of the name) sat down and had a meeting with NFL representatives regarding the name and a potential change. Roger Goodell was not present and reports from the meeting state that Oneida Nation was not satisfied with the results.
ESPN has done several reports on the ongoing controversy surrounding the name Redskins with one former member of the Redskins (Caucasian of course) stating that he saw nothing wrong with the team being named Redskins. He even went so far as to comparing a human being offended by the name to an animal being offended by its name and image being used as a mascot. The problem with such a comparison is that last time I checked, humans considered themselves to be superior to animals. Personally, I think ESPN didn’t take their reporting as deep as they should have so in my grand return to HARD IN THE PAINT…I’m going to do just that. Leggo!!!!
There are some things we need to understand first and those things stem from our development as an American culture and society. The pilgrims came over to this country and were aided in settling this great land of “ours” by…you guessed it, Native Americans. Those very same European settlers were able to buy land from the Native Americans for a few beads and such. This is not speculation. This is fact. At some point in time, the peaceful coexistence between the Native Americans and European settlers (now calling themselves Americans) eroded into an all out war. With their superior weaponry, the New Americans won the war and almost wiped out the very same people who helped them cultivate the country we now reside in. Even Hollywood depicted Native Americans as being nothing more than savages during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Anyone remember back in the 70’s and 80’s how when playing Cowboys and Indians how you always wanted to be the Cowboy. No one wanted to be the Indian because the Indians were the bad guys. We didn’t really learn any better until we got to high school and college. Anyone else besides myself, see how such a portrayal can affect a person’s perception of a whole group of people.
Anyway, during this war between the two parties, a nick name originated for the Natives…Redskin. Common sense should come into play here. Today we speak English and English originated from England to which the Europeans settlers that ventured to this country came from. Native Americans much like African Americans did not speak English when first approached by Europeans. Hence it is highly doubtful that these groups of people even knew what a Redskin much less a Nigger was. These were labels given to them by their European counterparts to identify them as being different. Back then as even so today, being different is often frowned upon. This is not some made up accusation. American history is wrought with stories of how being different has ended in isolation, dismemberment if not death altogether.
That being said, in America…English was adopted as the “new” native tongue just as Christianity was adopted as the “new” native religion. Oh yes, this is a history lesson because if anyone has any sense, they should realize that the Native to this country already had a religious faith in place just as well as having a native language already in place. That being said, in their native tongue, Indians may have called themselves a great many things; I’m almost certain that Redskins was not one of them and why should it have been? Native Americans for the most part all possessed the same skin complexion, just on a lighter, darker basis just as African Americans do.
Here’s where things take a turn. As the country aged, Native Americans had their reservations that they could fall back to. Huff and puff as much as you want to, burning a cross on an Indian reservation was not going to be as successful as burning a cross in someone’s front yard. African Americans had no such land that they could fall back to thus they became united as to what they would and would no longer stand for. We saw this cultivate during the “Civil Rights” movement. For better or worse, African Americans have forced their way into mainstream society, from our clothes, to our music to our slang. We are right there for the world to see us. Even Caucasian kids attend Historically Black Colleges, i.e. no segregation. In essence, we’ve learned how another race feels about certain titles. I would say that if you’re a racist today, you really are just plain stupid. I say stupid because in 2013 you should know better and ignorant people don’t know any better. Stupid people know better, they just want to be stupid so if you’re still practicing racism in 2013…that makes you stupid.
What does that mean to mainstream society? It means that African Americans are united in our persistence to be accepted by different cultures, different races and different people. There will be no more crosses burned in yards, there will be no public labeling of being called out of our names. If you call an African American a Nigger and you’re white…the only way you’re doing it to that person’s face is (a)you’re not by yourself or (b) you’re carrying a weapon because you already know what the result is going to be. Next history lesson, the name Redskin came into existence for the Washington football team back in 1937. Does anyone think the former owners of this franchise asked a Native American how they felt about their image being associated with the name, “Redskin” before using it? I seriously doubt it. And why would they? For centuries, European Americans have carried themselves with a sense of entitlement when it comes to doing and saying what they want and not feeling any remorse for doing so. Why should this time around be so different?
The problem with Native Americans forcing such a name change from the Washington football team is this. They are not united. Some don’t see anything wrong with it because they are being told by the country that we live in…that it doesn’t matter what we call you. That being said, there’s a lot to the name that people choose to call you. Publicly, we are calling this group of people a name, they didn’t come up with on their own and we’re telling them, “Hey, we can call you what we want to publicly, don’t get mad.” There are some things that are not even considered in this country. Using a slang (negative connotation) term associated with a Latin American, African American and or Asian American is outright heresy. Social media as well as newspapers wouldn’t be able to contain such a backlash. The picket lines would be too long and too thick for fans, players and owners to walk through. Police escort would be a necessity.
You wanna say to me, “Theo…what about the Florida State Seminoles mascot?” I understand exactly where you’re going with this so allow me to point out some similarities. Both have their logo painted boldly in the middle of the field. The Redskin is actually a brown face. The Seminole is actually a white face. On the helmet, Washington used the brown face or the Redskin. On their helmets, the Seminoles actually use a spear. Now here’s where it get’s interesting. Daniel Snyder says the name Redskin is not offensive yet I’ve never seen a Native American stand side by side with him for a photo opportunity. As a matter of fact, I’ve never heard or seen a Native American dressed up like a Redskin while attending a game Washington has played in…not even the Super Bowls. As for FSU, I’ve never seen a Native American come out dressed as Chief Osceola and plant that spear at Doak Campbell Stadium. That’s real odd considering FSU actually has Native Americans enrolled at its campus. Yet here it is in 2013 and we as Americans with common sense and all the intelligence that is incumbent upon humans to have, believe…that not only is such usage of these images and the names associated within are not negative in nature but that Native Americans are not offended by such atrocities.

DISCLAIMER ALERT, DISCLAIMER ALERT, DISCLAIMER ALERT, DISCLAIMER ALERT…This Hard In The Paint Segment is tinged with Racism.

On Monday, July 29, 2013…the Philadelphia Eagles retired Donovan McNabb’s jersey. On Tuesday, July 30, 2013…a video surfaced with Philadelphia Eagle’s Wide Receiver saying, “I will jump that fence and fight every Nigger here bro.” See that video here… http://www.crossingbroad.com/2013/07/heres-video-of-riley-cooper-saying-he-will-fight-every-n-word-at-the-kenny-chesney-concert.html Well damn Riley tell us how you really feel. According to reports, Riley was drunk and had gotten into it with an African American Security Guard at a Kenny Chesney Concert. Go ahead I’ll wait for the explanations to pour in for his conduct as I pour myself a Schiltz Malt Liquor Bull (of course I’m being facetious). Believe it or not, one of my Caucasian American friends did use the rationality that Riley was drunk. Ummm, okay…who cares?
Before I even get into my opinions about this…see here http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp13/story/_/id/9529464/lesean-mccoy-philadelphia-eagles-loses-respect-riley-cooper-slur where Skip Bayliss from ESPN’s “First Take” states that Riley should be released from the Eagles. Stephen A. Smith on the other hand feels that releasing Cooper is not the answer. Fellow Eagle teammate, a friend of Cooper’s states that he will be Riley’s teammate but their friendship beyond the field is over. Michael Vick (the current Eagle Quarterback) who knows a thing or two about making mistakes offers up salvation and forgiveness for his troubled wideout. Why such inconsistency when it comes to how to deal with Riley’s comments? Well African Americans also known as “Good Ole Black Folk” have been troubled by this dilemma for years.
Riley isn’t but 25 years of age so my immediate question to him is this, “What do you know about calling people Niggers?” To be perfectly honest, if he hasn’t taken an African American Literature Class and or an African American History Class (I’m pretty sure he hasn’t), he doesn’t know the first thing about Niggers. I’m pretty sure his parents haven’t really addressed the harmful connotations associated with this word and therein lies the problem right there. So basically, his only education/experience with what defines a Nigger in the context in which he’s used the word is hearing others who are just as ignorant as he sounded. I’ve said it for years and years and years and years. Caucasian parents do not teach their children about the effect slavery had on the African American Community nor the huge role it played in the development/underdevelopment of this great country of ours.
Allow me to tell a secret to Caucasian America. Deep down inside…every African American wonders whether or not their Caucasian friends feel the same way Riley Cooper does. Do Caucasian Americans…the ones that smile in our face on a daily basis, really respect us and like us or do they get around their friends, get comfortable and just spew racist statements like Cooper did. If it never comes to pass, our friendship has truly been genuine. However if it comes out that our Caucasian friends really do talk about us in such a light…the betrayal is unfathomable. That’s right I said it. It hurts just that much. See right now, LeSean McCoy feels betrayed and devastated. He’s probably hung out with Riley, shared some innermost secrets with Riley and now he feels like secretly…Riley has always viewed him as nothing more than a Nigger. Hmph, imagine that.
While working at Best Buy as a Sales Floor Supervisor over Home Audio 2002…I was/am a family man and while willing to work every day of the week, I chose to spend my Sunday’s with my family. Well one Sunday, Home Audio flunked downstocking and one hot shot Caucasian employee got mad and said, “Theo…man, he should’ve fucking been here…that fucking Nig…” He didn’t finish the statement because he turned around and saw his best friend looking him straight in the face. His best friend who happened to be an African American male. His friend got mad, went to the front of the store and asked the Managers to allow him to leave before he lost it. When they went to find out what happened, the employee was dismissed the following day. I was called in, informed about what happened and told what the company was going to do.
I was not happy about the choice. See the young male was Riley Cooper’s age and firing him taught him nothing. I wanted to sit down with the young man and find out from him, “What makes me a Nigger?” Is it the way I walk, the way I talk, the color of my skin or because I choose to spend my Sunday’s with my family? I wanted to know because I’m sure no one had ever sat down with this young male and asked him these hard probing questions. From the company’s perspective, I knew why they had to make this move but in a big picture scenario…this solved nothing. What view does this male have of African Americans right now? Was/is he bitter about being terminated? Does he remorse…I mean what? This young man needed to be sat down by an African American male who would not resort to violence and find out…at such a young age, what do you know about Niggers?
Back to Mr. Cooper. I don’t know how many days he has left in a Philadelphia Eagle’s uniform. I hope they keep him on the team and I hope his fellow teammates embrace him and show him that, “Despite what you may have heard, there are no Nigger’s on this team.” I hope they teach him that, “Since the word Nigger is synonymous with being ignorant, you can be a Caucasian and still be…a Nigger.” That’s not my call though. What I can tell you is this. Human emotions are static right now. Riley Cooper is getting counseling. When he comes back to his team and resumes practice with pads on…someone is going to be looking to lay more than just your average hit on him. Should he be with the team when the season starts…he is going to have a very large bullseye on his head, shoulders, chest, arms, legs, kneecaps and back. It’s the law of the land. Someone will decide he needs to pay with a pound of flesh. Oh be assured, while there are those that want him fired, there are those that are praying he makes it to the season so they can end…his season if not his career and that is the ugly truth. That being said, forgiveness runs deep in the African American community and I’m sure at some point…ala Michael Vick, he will be forgiven. I’m out.