Sunday, December 14, 2014

THERE IS A LOT MORE ATHLETES CAN PROTEST ABOUT

Before I get into the heart of this writing, I want everyone to understand a couple of things.  This is not about the right and the wrong that took place in Ferguson, MO and New York City involving white police officers with the deaths of black men.  I was not there and honestly cannot comment on what exactly happened.  Any unexpected loss of life is a terrible thing and I offer my condolences to the victims families.  I fully support the right of free speech and peaceful protests, but when those protests involve looting and the destruction of innocent people's property, those protests have now become riots, and that is something I will never support.  People that cause riots offer nothing to the cause and are basically just plain criminals.

Now I will turn my attention to what part some athletes have played in all of this.  First we had the 5 St Louis Rams football players:  Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt, all came out on the field prior to their game, with their hands raised in the air to show a gesture of someone being unarmed and surrendering to police.  I will never question their right to speak out and show support for the victim, but I do question their place and time to do so.  While in uniform, these men are representing their employers who may or may not agree with their protest or support.  The St Louis Rams do not pay these individuals to speak out for the organization.  If these men were out in the street or on some talk show, I would never question their method of protest.

Next is Lebron James wearing the "I can't breathe"  t shirt prior to a Cleveland Cavs game.  Once again I fully support his right to speak out, but not while in the uniform of his employer.  James carries a lot of weight and people no doubt will listen to what he has to say. but he should not be speaking for others as he did when wearing the Cavs uniform.

It is a good thing when athletes speak out on certain matters whether anyone agrees with them or not.  The right of free speech is a wonderful thing if it is handled in a courteous and professional way.  There are many things that athletes can speak out on however that may make some difference in our communities.  One I'm referring to are the ongoing killings that take place every single day in neighborhoods across our country.  Just early this morning at 12:25 a m, Jakell Mitchell, a red shirt RB for Auburn was shot and killed at an off campus apartment complex.  Another senseless loss of life  has taken place.  Whether it may be gang related or drug related, or anything else makes no difference as to what the reason may be.  I can only wonder now if there will be protests taking place,  or athletes taking the time to speak out on the senseless killing of not just that of Jakell MItchell, but against the ongoing problem our country faces today.  Sadly I am afraid the answer to that question will be no. When will people stand up and be heard and say enough is enough??  I understand that our topics are about sports, but when athletes speak out, as they should, on any topic, I feel it is worthwhile talking about.  THERE IS JUST MORE GOING ON THAT THESE ATHLETES CAN SPEAK OUT AND BE HEARD ABOUT.  Just maybe, they can lead the way and make a difference.

6 comments:

CRK5043 said...

YOU SAID IT! I been saying the same things any time I hear one a them stories

rawlstons_best said...

my opinion is the tv and media people pay these athletes to make gestures and cause an uproar so that the media and television can cover it and get their ratings.

MoronsoftheNFL said...

#AndrewHawkins is the latest moron to put on a show before the start of a game.

PigSkiN-JunKiE said...

As a fan I would like to protest that i'mi bored seeing NFL players protest

BrettCAVS44 said...

Athletes,like any other employee, should show up at work to work and protest on there own time. All those waazeees.

2015LamboHura said...

Players/athletes/etc only respond when the news makes an issue news. Then they get recognition for supporting what the news has already put out there. The players/athletes who have their own voice are the special ones cause there isn't many like them