March Madness. The Super Bowl. Bowl Season. Opening Day.
It should be obvious that Americans live their lives vicariously through collegiate and professional sports.
|Dez Bryant, far right, represents the 2011 NFL with poetic irony|
In 1956 a famous moment took place when an all-white Georgia Tech squad was to play an integrated Pittsburgh football team, which created quite the stir in Atlanta. Playing the contest meant the repudiation of the fragile world that existed:
A dozen effigies of Governor Marvin Griffin were hanged and burned during the students’ march, which culminated in a 2 a.m. riot in front of the governor’s mansion.
Earlier in the day, the governor had incurred their wrath by a pinhead act: he asked the State Board of Regents to forbid the athletic teams of the university system of Georgia (e.g., Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia) from participating in games against any team with Negro players, or even playing in any stadium where unsegregated audiences breathed the same air.
“The South stands at Armageddon,” brayed Griffin to the regents. “The battle is joined. We cannot make the slightest concession to the enemy in this dark and lamentable hour of struggle. There is no more difference in compromising the integrity of race on the playing field than in doing so in the classrooms. One break in the dike and the relentless seas will rush in and destroy us.”*
The dike did burst.
White coaches, afraid to discipline Black players for fear of being perceived as discriminating against them, gave in to outlandish behavior that would never be tolerated at an HBCU or a formerly segregated Predominately White Institution (PWI).
To placate prized Black recruits, a lowering of standards — morally and academically — occurred overnight.
College administrators no longer look upon the miserable Black graduation rates with a sense of shame, because these hired talents — most of the time — have no legitimate goal of graduating in anything outside of a general studies degree.
The relentless seas rushed in and nothing will ever be the same again. Black criminality — that primarily preys upon Black people — was once kept in check because Black people wouldn’t tolerate it.
Black athletes form a tight-knit fraternity and protect one another from outside attacks.
The National Football League (NFL) has locked out its players, because they ostensibly work under slave wages and demand a bigger piece of the pie.
Black athletes have little appreciation for the sport and believe it is their right to be earn millions (and spend millions more) and be beloved at both the collegiate and professional level.
We already know that Michael Vick is a figure adored in the Black community, but Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant represents the true face of the NFL in 2011. Having been ruled ineligible at Oklahoma State for lying to the NCAA, character issues were quickly disregarded because his athletic ability necessitated his high selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
That is precisely what the NFL gave the opportunity to do, which he quickly spent away:
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is facing two lawsuits seeking more than $850,000 for unpaid jewelry bills, NFL and NBA tickets and loans.
A Tarrant County man is suing Bryant for $588,500 worth of watches, earrings, bracelets, rings and other jewelry, plus $15,850 worth of tickets and $11,000 in unpaid loans. All the transactions were between June 2009 and June 2010.
Receipts signed by Bryant show that they were supposed to be paid by July 30, 2010, “or when he signs his first Marketing or Sports Contract, which ever happens first,” the lawsuit said. The suit was filed in September and amended last week, before Bryant allegedly unleashed a tirade at a mall security officer concerned about his drooping pants.
Another lawsuit filed last week says Bryant owes a New York company $246,000 for jewelry purchases made between January and May 2010.
Bryant accepted loans while at Oklahoma State and made extravagant purchases, which he incorrectly thought he would never have to pay back. One should remember that 78 percent of NFL players go bankrupt two years after retirement, and seeing the financial decisions of first-year NFL player Dez Bryant is a stark reminder why such events transpire.
He was also recently kicked out of a Dallas mall for wearing baggy pants, a trend among Black males and a common accoutrement of Black criminals nationwide. Bryant wasn’t happy:
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from an upscale Dallas shopping mall after a dispute over the sagging pants worn by him and some companions.
A police statement on Tuesday says officers working off-duty on Saturday as security at NorthPark Center encountered Bryant and three companions wearing the drooping pants.
According to the statement, when the officers asked the four to pull up their trousers, Bryant launched into a profanity-laced tirade that prompted the officers to escort the four from the mall.
Police say Bryant refused to leave, however, until his “representative” could arrive and he parked in a fire lane until a friend arrived and persuaded him to leave.
And they’ll have no problem calling themselves “slaves” in the process.