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NBA hypocrisy

Since I gave up on pro sports long ago, back when tickets were still affordable and politics stayed outside the gates, I use it now as a means to find humor. The stories that involve hypocrisy are typical. In case you missed it, last Friday night, black Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell called a white Dallas Mavericks player a “b*tch a$$ white boy”. There’s no audio, but you don’t have to be a lip reader to see what Harrell says. So far, the NBA has done nothing to punish such behavior. Since that’s okay, might as well call the white guy “Yo, Cracker,” next time, or “White Bread,” or better yet, “White Trash mama’s boy.” To his credit, Harrell later apologized to the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, and the two “hugged.” Still, the NBA has yet to publicly denounce the racist comment. One of my favorite all-time players and color commentators, Charles Barkley, said, “You can’t have a double standard.” I wish a lot of times that Barkley was president. He says it like it is. Most of the time. Following the death of George Floyd, the NBA said players could swap the name on the back of their jersey to “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can’t Breath,” along with others. More than 80 percent of the 350 players in the NBA’s bubble chose to add one of the 29 phrases on their jersey. Barkley, being the intelligent man he is, said in response to the news: “What’s happening now is we’re turning into a circus. Instead of talking about racial equality, racial justice, and economic justice, we spend all our time worrying about who’s kneeling and not kneeling, what things are being said on buses, what’s being said on jerseys. I think we’re missing the point.” Barkley had more to say: “We need police reform, prison reform. Those are No. 1 and No. 2 things to focus on. We need the cops, good cops out there policing bad cops. The media, we all got a job to do … When we spend time focusing on what’s on the jersey, that’s gonna defeat the purpose. My concern is this is turning into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.” (Source: Mediaite.com.) “Sports used to be a place where fans could go and get away from reality,” Barkley continued. “…People lost jobs and the last thing they want to do is turn on the television to ...

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