The new way of the NBA to promote vulgar bullies


Remember: after you “do that trick,” be sure to tell her that you love her. But first help her to her feet.

How is it possible that an intelligent and well-educated sports fan hasn’t reevaluated himself from skeptic to cynic? How will it be possible to return fans and customers to a place they have never been?

Last week in this space, I wrote that as the legitimate representative of the NBA Grizzlies fanbase, ESPN proudly hosted a live chat with Memphis-based rapper Juicy J.


He didn’t seem like an informed fan, so it was hard not to conclude that his invitation was based on his self-love filled with hate and bragging and violent challenges, vulgar lyrics including reference to the N-word of black men, and unspeakably profane sexual degradation. of young women. In other words, the usual rubbish.

Juicy J was just the latest ESPN-blessed celebration of a rapper who promotes and upholds the most corrosive criminal stereotypes in urban black America.

Another rapper, who has found favor with ESPN is the aptly named Young Thug, not too different from Juicy J, depending on the genre. Read for yourself. I suggest “Get the F–k Out of My Face” as your first stop.

Last week, the Atlanta-based, ESPN-favored Mr. Thug was arrested, again, this time charged with a series of felony offenses ranging from possession of a small arsenal of assault weapons, distribution of drugs, committing armed felonies and participating in gang-sponsored activities. street crimes.

Let’s go back to Memphis, where the Grizzlies’ public address system and on-court cheerleaders, men and women, now lead a cheering chant, “What a stunt!” taken from a rap “song” delivered by a guy who deliciously calls himself Al Kapone.

“Woop that trick,” according to Urban Dictionary, is street slang for: “What you do when your girlfriend steps out of line. Basically giving her a pimp slap when she misbehaves.” Charming. One’s girlfriend is no better than “a trick” in need of a pimp slap.

Ja Morant and Draymond Green
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This celebrates another backward and suffering stereotype that must be eradicated. In a professional basketball game! Why? And why would black America choose to quietly indulge this anywhere? Why do the Al Sharptons continue to ignore everything, including the regular shootings and stabbings of rappers by their rivals?

Last week, Warriors stars Steph Curry and Draymond Green, along with local fans on Friday, joined “Whoop That Trick.” They were heard and seen that they loved it. So where are the NBA and Players Association commitments to social and racial activism for positive change?

With the NBA’s past season financially, politically, and notoriously duped by the (dis)organizational Black Lives Matter scam sounding good, what has Commissioner Adam Silver made of this one? Nothing yet.

He should be demanding, ordering, his removal from NBA games, in arenas and on national television.

And if fools complain, Silver should be proud! Or do Silver, the NBA and the NBPA advocate for domestic violence?

And last week, Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis of The Post reported that NBA ticket prices rose while attendance fell.

On Thursday, another NFL arrest. Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, a 2020 first-round pick out of Alabama, was charged with tampering with evidence, under the Colorado legal title “domestic violence enhancer,” his alleged victim, the mother of his baby, although The mother requested that the charges be dismissed.

All of our sports are being overwhelmed by acts of incivility, either between players or between players against nearby “fans,” whether at Yankee Stadium or the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

It now seems like a weekly occurrence that professional tennis players launch a vulgar attack directed at the crowd or a court official. Last week at the Italian Open, it was Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who is ranked 16th in the world.

The Rangers fans who populate The Garden then chant “Hole!” in game officials or visiting players are fueled by an uncivil mob involvement mentality. Or would they dare stand alone among thousands in screams of raw chants?

You no longer cheer for your team, taunt and curse at the away team. It’s equivalent to taking a group allegiance oath, not that they shout “Hole!” at the family dinner table or while watching the game alone on TV. Or would they?

Why has the evil worsened? Are those in leadership positions, starting with commissioners, afraid to lead? Do they avoid the risk of damnation of the imbeciles? Or are they good with what’s going on, way down, on their turn?

Fielding bad teams comes with NFL programming perks

The reveal of the NFL schedule on Thursday confirmed what could be expected: a wholly unintended return of Roger Goodell’s bogus claim that PSL purchases from the Jets and Giants “are good investments.”

Although the teams make their home in the largest television market in the country, both are scheduled to play primarily on Sundays at 1 p.m.

The sponsors of the Jets and Giants this season have been “blessed” with this “gift” for one reason only:

Their teams are projected to be no better than mediocre, which is why the NFL television networks, which buy their programming and the NFL’s start-time “flex” authority, want nothing to do with any of the two for best rating on Sunday afternoon and prime time. transmissions

Thus, eight of the Giants’ nine home games have been scheduled to start at 1 p.m., while seven of the Jets’ eight home games are scheduled for 1 p.m.

Or as Alice Kramden said when Ralph told her that if he was elected Grand Mystic Exalted Ruler of Raccoon Lodge, they would both be entitled to a free burial at Raccoon Cemetery in Bismarck, ND, she replied, “I’m so excited I don’t know whether to live or die.” .”

Liberal Norman on ‘mistakes’

Quote of the week was delivered by Greg Norman acknowledging that the latest new golf course he is leading is run by money from the Saudi government, a government accused of sanctioning politically expedient assassinations:

“We have all made mistakes.”

Murder? Let’s see, have I ever committed a murder? trying to think Hmm. No, I can’t say he’s murdered anyone, at least not since breakfast. You?

Norman’s “We’ve all made mistakes” reads the same as Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney’s tweet, “We’re young. Everybody makes mistakes…” — in defense of Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, after he was charged with DUI vehicular manslaughter, crashing into his victim’s car at a police-reported speed of 156 mph .

The PGA Tour has denied golfers' requests to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational next month.
The PGA Tour has denied golfers’ requests to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational next month.
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It’s all a scam. Last week, a TV ad from NYRA Bets told horse players, “We specialize in…increasing your bankroll.” If that were the case, if the opposite were not true, there would be no NYRA betting.

Given that the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL apparently collect millions of dollars a year in penalty payments, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how much, where the money goes, and who, if anyone, pays the taxes on it? dough? Or, if it goes to charity, who gets the cancellations?

I don’t know what’s going on inside, but I was sorry to see the Islanders fire Barry Trotz. I liked the stoic style of him. I can’t help but wonder if the delay in the Islanders’ arena completion (their first 13 games were played away from home) and the COVID-affected roster bridged the gap too far.

In commercials now starring Pete Alonso, the Mets slugger identifies himself as “Pete Alonso, actual CarShield customer.” That means the original warranty on the old car or cars he drives has expired. Sure why not?