In a striking photo Muhammad Ali yells to Liston to get up!
Jack Johnson begs Tommy Burns to get up!
In February Charlotte, NC the banking capitol of the world and “The Front Runner” in REDLINING in Black America will host the NBA All-Star Game and the CIAA Basketball Tournament. Several miles down the road in Atlanta, Georgia (home of Black Hollywood) the NFL will host the 53rd Super Bowl. The common denominator–the black athlete aka “The 40 Million Dollar Slave” will entertain the 1% and other black wannabes who think they have arrived in America!
This Black History Month blog will take a look at the emergence and downfall of the Black Athlete in America. Joe Gans of Baltimore, Maryland was the first black champion. He won the world Lightweight title in 1902. In December 1908 Jack Johnson knocked Tommy Burns out to become the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World. In February 1964 Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston refuse to answer the bell and Muhammad Ali became the Heavyweight Champion of the World and the tiled propelled him into “The Greatest.” A man named Sugar Ray Robinson is still called “The Greatest” pound for pound fighter in the history of boxing. He fought in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. In 2002 Ring Magazine ranked him number one on the list of the 80 best fighters in the last 80 years.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was January 15th and Muhammad Ali’s Birthday was January 17th and February has been designated as Black History Month. The No. 1 theme song in Black America in 2019 is still “We Shall Overcome” sixty years after the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King. There is overwhelming evidence and proof we have not overcome–not even close!
If you think we have overcome evidently you didn’t read the USNEWS REPORT in April 2018, it read, “Before signing the Fair Housing Act into law in 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson called it among the proudest moments of his presidency. Because he thought Negro families will no longer have to suffer the humiliation of being turned away because of their race and then the reality set in: Uneven enforcement, deep seated culture bias, and the bill’s own flaws allowed bigoted mortage bankers (Charlotte, NC) and unscrupulous landlords to preserve and profit from the status quo. Now a half century after the Fair Housing Act became a civil-rights landmark, multiple studies show housing in America is as nearly as segregated as it was was when LBJ enacted the law designed to eliminate it. Studies show Black Americans still lags behind whites in homeownership, and equal pay. A black man in America in 2019 makes half the salary of a white man. Home ownership and equal pay are the key assets in building middle-class wealth.
Black wannabes are still living in a fantasy world. For example, blacks in Prince Georges County, Maryland have proudly called themselves “The Richest Black County in America” while having the highest foreclosure rate and its police department ranking in the top five as one of the most brutal and racist in America. The 2014 issue of Politico Magazine describes Prince Georges County as “The Ferguson Next Door!” The County shares DC’s eastern and southern boulders. The magazine considers the county a ticking time bomb because of its history relating to racism.
When you finish reading this blog please explain to me what does the black athlete and blacks in media have to celebrate as it relates to these great men?
These men spent their lives standing up for something and not falling for just anything. These black athletes and blacks in media should hang their heads and confess they have dropped the ball and should walk backwards to pick up their checks on pay day.
Last year a CNN media personality wrote a blog titled “What MLK Might Say To Donald Trump? My question and response would be “What MLK Might Say To Black America, especially, the black athlete?” See link below for ‘The Chosen One’ LeBron James as he puts his foot in his mouth and then has to apologize:
He is one of the 40 Million Dollar Slaves who does not have a clue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu8PD5gAsfs
I would also like to introduce you to Dale Hansen a white television sports reporter as he explains “White Priviledge” in America. Maybe this will explain to some ‘Why we cannot get over it!’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir7JUkTPcbA
The late great boxing Historian Bert Sugar explains “White Collar Crime!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nygALb50FV4
This link will tell you what to say when you son says, “I want to play in the NFL / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnkLBKgySkQ&fbclid=IwAR3PMjty8UjJhs8xMhbsZdOfVJ7mPfswVKwMwKtV1x5vRtrYgoymmA20CWE&app=desktop /
This link will introduce you to The Real Lebron James “The Chosen One” as he tries to explain racism in the NFL compared to racism in the NBA and how Jewish money runs America. The next thing he says out his mouth, “I am the G. O. A. T. Someone once said, “Its best to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt–meet LeBron James. He had to eat his words and apologize to those ‘Old NFL white men’ and the Jewish community. NBA Players are still laughing at him for saying out loud he thought he was ‘The G. O. A. T.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu8PD5gAsfs
This link will show how “White Priviledge and White Crime” works in White America. The Washington Post and its owners Katerine and her son Donald Graham kidnapped my show tag “Inside Sports” in 1978 and had the nerve to write about the theft in a blog. Would you believe after the fact Donald writes me a check for a donation to Kids In Trouble and ask for anonimity!
Its okay to take and steal in White America and than write bankruptcy laws, and rely on White Priviledge and White Collar Crime to bypass their wrong doing.
I remember riding down Connecticut Avenue in NW DC one afternoon when a brother in a UPS truck ask me to pull over. He pulled in behind me and introduced himself as a fan of my Inside Sports talk show. He told me his wife worked for Pro Serve and sports agents Donald Dell and David Falk. The agents according to his wife were mis-handling Adrian Dantley’s money using it to invest in projects that Adrian knew absolutely nothing about. He asked only that I leave his wife’s name out of it. I immediately contacted Adrian’s mother Virginia. I discovered he was out of the country with his new bride. Virginia refuse to believe that Falk was investing Adrian’s money without his knowledge. Her reason, Falk had just named Adrian the Godfather of his daughter.
Long story short, his new wife Dimitri an attorney demanded an audit. The audit clearly showed that Falk had mis-managed close to 2 million dollars of Adrian’s money. A 15 million dollar lawsuit followed and an out of court settlement was made with the stipulation that Adrian could not discuss the settlement with anyone. This is another loop-hole of “White Collar Crime.” The crook is allowed to steal for another day.
Adrian after his playing career was over became an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. In a game between the Wizards and Nuggets at the Verizon Center I encountered him in the Nuggett’s lockeroom and I asked, “why was Falk still hanging out in NBA lockerrooms after his court case against him?” He said, ‘It was not all on David, his partner Donald Dell was just as guilty!’ Adrian has never been the sharpest knife in the draw, but his response still surprised me. I am still waiting for him to say, “Thank you” for alerting him that Pro Serve and David Falk was carrying him to the bank–the wrong bank. Falk also represented Michael Jordan, John Lucas, John Thompson, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Morning and a host of other black Million Dollar Slaves. I bet you he carried each and everyone of them to the bank with the exception of Big John Thompson, he went to the same bank with Falk, he was ‘The Bag Man.’
Media’s War on Black men continues / see attachment Inside Sports & The Sunday Long Read)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0Ao4hqcIPs
NFL / no black owners / 32 teams / 2 black head coaches / 70% players are black / Rooney Rule is a joke.
NBA / one black owner / 30 teams / 3 black head coaches / 75% players are black
Red Auerbach kicked the door open for Earl Lloyd and Michael Jordan
Earl Lloyd ‘The First to Play’
“To Catch a Theft” two years ago I uncovered a scam being run on several NBA players relating to pioneer Earl Lloyd and the Documentary/Movie “The First to Play,” NBA players Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Carmelo Anthony (NY Knicks), Chris Paul (LA Clippers) and several other players were scammed out of X amount of dollars. I contacted Coach Greg Popovich and Commissioner Adam Silver as it related to the scam. The NBA quietly shut down the documentary/movie. I have to give credit to TNT’s Dave Aldridge for contacting the scammer and having him make good on several bounced checks to a researcher in Alexandria, Virginia. The Commmissioner followed up with a note thanking me for my concerns.
MLB / no black owners / 30 teams / two black Managers / Black American baseball players are less then 9% of the league’s players in 2019. Jackie Robinson must be turning over in his grave!
NHL / no black owners / 31 teams / no head coaches / you can count the black players on one hand without the thumb. The Commissioner Gary Bettman was the NBA league legal counsel IN 1978. I was in a meeting representing Nike with him and former player and VP of player personel, Rod Thorn. Nike NBA Promotions and Marketing Director, John Phillips had invited me to attend. The reason for the meeting, we were there to find out why the leaugue was restricting the players their freedom from playing in summer community organized charity games. The meeting got rather heated when Bettman yelled out, “You cannot do that because we own the players,” that plantation mentality has propelled him into the Commissioner of the NHL.
In 2019 a black man in America makes half the salary of a white man!
In 2019 the No. 1 theme song in Black America is still “We Shall Overcome??”
A true "Trail Blazer" Paul Roberson
I often wonder how is it that a brother like me out of a DC NE housing project and the product of a single parent home can make a difference in hundreds of young people's lives against all odds. I tell you how, my mother and grandmother were my inspiration and heroes–not black athletes. They help raise 4 knuckle head boys despite my mother spending 30 years in and out of a mental hospital. I have been invited to the White House by the President (Richard Nixon) and I have sat on the Mountain Top with The Greatest (Muhammad Ali), I changed the way we talk sports in America and didn't let it change me. I campaigned successfully to get two pro athletes inducted into their hall of fames without a CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, ESPN, TNT or HBO platform–I did it my way withouy lying, cheating and stepping on others to get ahead.
As we take a look at the status of the black athlete he is still on the bench and on his knees for all the wrong reasons as it relates to the Civil Rights movement. In the meantime, I want to remember my friend boxing historian, Bert Sugar. He is one of the reasons why I continue to say, "Every back face I see is not my brother and every white face I see is not my enemy."/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NGAuejiRUo
You can purchase my new book Volume 2 "My Walk Though American Sports History with Champs & Chumps" @www.blackmeninamerica.com