Each day at 5 pm I tend to turn on the “four letter network” to get my sports fix, but it seems that I may as well be watching the local news instead. Lately, the sports show starts off with some sort of breaking news, or the top story of today, and it has nothing to do with sports. I just want to see scores, highlights, and previews for tonight’s games. What do I get instead…….. a bunch of bullshit!
There are so many exciting things going on in the world of sports. In football, we had the much anticipated NFL draft, but as soon as the weekend is up, all the attention will go back to “As The New Orleans Saints Turn”! The baseball season has begun and baseball fans all over the country are optimistic about their team’s success. Baseball was running smoothly until the morning of April 27, 2012 when Delmon Young involves himself in a racial hate crime which leads to an arrest. The regular season in the NBA has come to an end and now the world can finally watch some good playoff basketball. Leading up to the playoffs, last Sunday in the Staples Center, Metta World Peace’s altar ego was at it again. After having much success in recent weeks, he was shown celebrating after a made dunk. Metta, who was pounding his chest, purposely woke up Big Bad Ron and what do you know……. he maliciously elbowed James Harden of the OKC Thunder in the back of the head/neck area, knocking him silly to a standing eight count.
Athletes at every level, have to be accountable for all their actions. There is no excuse for a player such as Delmon Young to exercise his right to be out in public at 2:40 in the morning. He was intoxicated, and allegedly shoving a man to the ground and making anti-Semitic remarks. What is the old saying? “Nothing good happens after midnight”. We all have heard that saying, and I have to believe it’s a true statement. I don’t want to hear the apology written by Delmon’s entourage because I know good and well he doesn’t mean it, and the damage is done. Delmon Young, look in the mirror son! You are a black man in Major League Baseball, a league who’s African American players make up only 8% of the sport. Earlier this month the league just celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. What does that day mean to you, Delmon? Jackie Robinson was the man! He was a pioneer who withstood insults and racism, while still having to compete in a league where no one looked like him, and certainly didn’t want him there in the first place. He is the reason why you and other minorities have gotten that slim chance of being a professional ballplayer. You have been on notice since the day you reached the majors and you can ill-afford any negative publicity. The Detroit Tigers cannot afford the racist remarks you’ve made; heck didn’t you learn anything from the Ozzie Guillen fiasco? Think son, THINK!
My last rant goes to Mr. World Peace. Fine time to bring out your evil twin. As I said earlier, the worse thing you could have done Metta, is beat your chest because Ron Artest couldn’t wait to come out and play! Ron, you threw a vicious elbow to the back of James Harden’s neck, and you even had the nerve to run down the court and act as if you did nothing wrong. I guess I have to believe you were the last to realize you actually hurt this man. As the great Charlie Murphy would say, “you are a habitual line crosser”! Ron, you will lose over $350,000 in this latest suspension for swinging your elbow. You have been suspended over 118 games in your career. You apologized, but I am sick of them. I don’t want to hear it, sincere or not. If it was an accident, you should have gone to him while he was lying on the ground immediately after the incident happened. You are a buffoon. The league is kind to you, and I don’t understand why you are not appreciative of being a part of the game. The LA Lakers have to do damage control as did Indiana back in 2004 with your altercation among players and fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons. If there is talk of bounties in sports, you are it Ron! There will be a time when you have played your last game, and don’t be surprised if it’s real soon. My prediction for you, Ron, is you will be black balled from the league, and you will only have yourself to blame. Come to think of it, you are better fit throwing your hat in the ring as a professional boxer. Once again, America is salivating for a new Heavyweight Champ. You would be perfect for the sport and without a doubt be loved by everybody once you’ve become the champ! Oh well, just a thought.
Now back to your regularly scheduled sports program.