Saturday, December 1, 2007

Russo is a racist?

On Thursday, November 29th, the Mike and the Mad Dog radio program based out of New York City was interviewing Charles Barkley, former NBA great. Chris "Mad Dog" Russo asked Barkley about black players in the professional sports having bad reputations. I don't have the exact quote, but he listed a handful of players like Pacman Jones, and then finished up with Sean Taylor. Sean Taylor was shot during a botched burglary:
Police said the men broke into Taylor's home early Monday in a targeted attempt to burglarize the professional football player's residence. They did not expect Taylor to be home, police said, and fled in a waiting vehicle after the shooting.
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"People always said Sean's life led him to this, saying he was violent," [friend and attorney Richard] Sharpstein said. "But if anything here his openness and generosity led to this crime, which is shocking and horrific. I said all along it was a burglary and it was planned. There are 17-, 19-, 21-year-old pathetic criminal wannabes and they carry a gun like every other dime-a-dozen jerk in the streets, and they happen to come upon someone they don't expect to be there and they fire the gun and run like cowards."

Russo is an asshole. He did this same exact thing when former Bronco Darrent Williams was killed in January. He blames the victim just because the guy is black and because he had a shady past. It doesn't matter that the guy cleaned up his life.

Barkley (paraphrasing) said the players he listed were isolated and most athletes are good people. I agree, I suppose. For every bad athlete, I can list good examples - Amani Toomer, Donovan McNabb, Derek Jeter, Torii Hunter, Dontrelle Willis, Jason Kidd (even though I'm still not sure he's black), etc. Those are guys who, off the top of my head, don't get in trouble. They may not be role models, but they're not getting shot or shooting people or being arrested for drugs or anything else. So just stop with the whole "black athletes are thugs" thing. Some of them are, but not all of them and by the time they get to the pros they're more interested in money, fame and the sport than anything else.

And of course it wouldn't be me if I didn't make some kind of off-color joke, and why not target the advice of Yahoo Fantasy Sports news feeds again?

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