Desmonte Leonard — Looks Like Your Typical Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football Player — or Recruit

Because white people have been conditioned to believe that only recruiting Black people to represent their beloved college football (or basketball) team – their alma mater that represents a mistress – schools like Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and the the University of Miami go out of their way to only recruit Black athletes.

Here’s what I wrote in an article at on November 12, 2011 (Joe Paterno And The Penn State Rape Scandal: Discrediting The Opiate Of America):

Here’s something that, needless to say, went unmentioned in the ESPN story:  a rundown of the players who were arrested at Penn State from 2002- 2007. The vast majority of players in trouble with the law were black players. But Penn State’s student body is 75 percent white and 5 percent black. In other words, Penn State’s football program was actively recruiting athletes who brought crime to the school.
One such prized black recruit, LaVon Chisley, was kicked off the team after severe disciplinary problems and was promptly convicted of murder after gruesomely stabbing his victim 93 times. [Ex-Penn St. football player gets life in prison for murder, September 29, 2007] But, hey, he ran a fast 40-yard-dash!

Similar incidents involving out-of-control players are occurring in college towns across America. At Colorado-Boulder; University of Oregon; at the University of Washington; at the University of Miami; and at Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, the administration, alumni, student body and fans have turned a blind eye to the criminal behavior of players as long as wins are piling up on the football field the school’s coffers are filling up in the form of revenue and donations from fans.

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Thus back in the 1980s, Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma Sooners were the poster child for lawbreaking in college football but the alumni and administration loved him as long as his teams won. Of course, the majority of the players breaking the law were black—although they represent less than 2 percent of the overall student body population.

Same with the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ so-called conservative Tom Osborne: he regularly played black athletes who got in trouble with the law—most notably Lawrence Phillips, who was accused of dragging his girlfriend down the stairs and beating her—but, hey, he produced national championships for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

And is there any need to even bring up the Miami Hurricanes program of the 1980s and 90s, one that even Sports Illustrated’s Alexander Wolff actually urged should be cancelled? [Broken Beyond Repair, June 12, 1995] (Of course, it wasn’t).

In Auburn, Alabama (home to 81 percent white Auburn University; only 2.3 percent of the student body being Black male), a 22-year-old Black man by the name of Desmonte Leonard shot six people – killing three, including two former Auburn football players – over an argument about a girl.

This type of all-too-common Black violence is why cities like Birmingham, Atlanta, Memphis, and New Orleans are some of the nations most violent; paradoxically, Auburn University recruits Black football players from these very cities where white alumni of the school have abandoned – for safer suburbs (nearly all-white) surrounding these Black-controlled ghettos.

Desmonte Leonard: Looks like your typical SEC football recruit

So Auburn imports Black violence to the city (only 18 percent of the city of Auburn is Black); same with the University of Georgia.

Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky has published a column today that reminds us all why murders, theft, rape, and petty robbery go unsolved in cities with a high percentage of Black people: They Don’t snitch on each other and many times Black people will excuse away Black crime.

Here’s the column:

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – O.J. Simpson already had a fan club.

He was a former Heisman Trophy winner from USC, one of many in a line of succession at the tailback position. He was a Hall of Fame running back from the Buffalo Bills, the first to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

He was a spokesman for Hertz, running through airports in popular TV commercials, a television analyst for NFL games and an actor.

By the time he was charged with double mur­der in 1994 — charges which he was eventually and controversially ac­quitted of — a lot of people in this country knew him and liked him and cheered for him.

So it wasn’t that hard to understand that, during his low-speed chase on Los Angeles freeways after he was supposed to turn him­self in on those murder charges, a lot of people at the exits and on the over­passes continued to cheer for him.

People that didn’t know him thought they did.

People that never met him wanted to believe in him.

Desmonte Leonard doesn’t have that kind of resume.

As far as we know, the 22-year-old from Mont­gomery hasn’t played col­lege football, let alone won any national awards for it.

He hasn’t played pro football, much less been voted into any hall of fame. He hasn’t starred on the big screen or the small screen, and until Sunday, 99 percent of the people in this state had never heard of him.

Now we know him as a man accused of three mur­ders, a fugitive that eluded local, state and federal law enforcement officials for three full days until turning himself in Tuesday night.

So why does he have a fan club of his own?

Social media has been dotted in the last 24 hours with shows of support for Leonard, who apparently goes by the nickname “Woosie.” Examine some of the public posts on Facebook, with the spelling and the language cleaned up for clarity and decency.
From Adree’ana: “I hope they don’t never find Woosie. Go, Woosie, go.”

Four people “liked” that comment.

From Kelvin: “I don’t wanna hear no more negative stuff about my partner Woosie. Keep your worthless opinions to yourself because none of us were there and none of us actually know what went down.”

Thirty-one people “liked” that comment.

From Chris: “Forget people down-talking Woosie because they don’t know Woosie. All he wanted to do was go party, and they jumped him, so dang right I believe he did right. That’s self-defense. #WoosieFan.”

Twenty-one people “liked” that comment.


Leonard is still alive.

Ed Christian, Ladarious Phillips and Demario Pitts aren’t.

They were shot to death at a party at an apartment complex in Auburn late Saturday night — three other young men were shot and wounded — and police have identified Leonard as the shooter.

So why has Twitter also seen its share of people that seem to have joined #Team Woosie?

They joked that Leonard was crowned 2012 champion of Hide and Seek after law enforcement authorities surrounded a Montgomery home Monday evening, only to discover after a wait of about seven hours that the suspect was not holed up in the attic as they believed.

Someone tweeted and asked, “God, please surround Woosie with your best angels.”
Another tweet: “If I had the money, I would get Woosie a team of lawyers so he get his charges and time reduced, even dropped.”

As disturbing as the tweets and Facebook posts in favor of an accused triple murderer were, it was heartening to see those messages attacked by plenty of other people.

Many of those rebuttals echoed the same message. You wouldn’t say those things if your brother had been one of the young men gunned down before his life had a chance to begin in full.

Thankfully, Leonard is now in custody and will stand trial for these horrible crimes. Hopefully, if he’s guilty, a jury will rule that way, and everyone cheering for him now will see the evidence.

And feel guilty themselves.

The only reason anyone cares about this crime is because  three of the Black people shot were associated with Auburn University’s football program (one current player, two former players). This type of crime happens daily in Memphis, Montgomery, Atlanta, Birmingham, Mobile, Augusta, Columbus (all fertile ground for recruiting Black players to UGA, Auburn, and Alabama), but the only people who care then are those who watch The First 48 on A&E.

How many Black people are shot and killed by other Black people on your average weekend in Chicago?  The average is about 50 shot and 12 killed.

Desmonte Leonard looks like the type of thug that Alabama, Auburn, UGA, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina (the type of player Steve Spurrier demands the school lower its academic qualifications so that they can be eligible to play) recruit, leaving out talented white high school athletes in the process.

Who knows: or might have once rated him as a “three star” prospect, causing grown white men who read these recruiting Web sites to salivate at the prospect of him signing with their alma mater and playing corner for their school one day. They sure did over former Auburn safety Mike McNeil, who was convicted of armed robbery in an incident that happened only months after the Tigers won the 2011 BCS National Championship.



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