There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has given players the green light to wear “social messages” on their uniforms when the league resumes. “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on the courts, as if NBA fans have been identified as in need of such a reminder as they’re very likely to be racist oppressors.
But there are options. Reader Bob Wilson suggests the players could wear jerseys reading, “Free Hong Kong,” but that would only upset the NBA, and its players who can’t afford to mess with the sneaker and apparel money as stitched and glued by shack-dwelling slave-wagers in Red China.
“Free the Slaves in Nigeria and the Congo” would be a good. Both African countries still enslave blacks, but the BLM movement and its affiliates aren’t interested. They’re working on freeing American slaves, though that freedom was won in a war that cost 650,000 mostly white lives 157 years ago.
OK. Then how about this: “Stop the Slaughter! — B.H.”
B.H. would be Brandon Hendricks, the 17-year-old Monroe High grad who planned to attend college on a basketball scholarship. He died late Sunday night, gunned down in The Bronx, for decades the borough where kids are shot and stabbed as a matter of no surprise.
And cops have been deemed unconditionally unwelcomed. It’s Nazi Germany. Anyone even suspected of helping solve a murder puts themselves and their families in peril of mortal retaliation.
Only now it’s much worse. Last week 86 people were shot in NYC. It’s open season, as black-on-black crime has exploded.
And what has Mayor Bill de Blasio done about it? He has cut $1 billion from the police budget.
Hendricks’ mother, Eve, through her grief, cut through all the political pandering and radical BLM canards, statue trashing, looting and vandalism to focus on life and death:
“We always talked about gun violence, especially in our community. And as much as we talk about black power and unity, but it’s like we’re killing each other and there is no one to step forward and say, ‘This is it.’ It just has to end one way or another.”
But such an indisputable truth is never spoken — not by the Rev. Al Sharpton, LeBron James, Silver, de Blasio, BLM, Nike, Colin Kaepernick, Jay-Z, Roger Goodell. Where are all the protestors, those who demand justice?
That’s what reasonable, right-minded Americans of every race simply can’t understand. So much young black blood runs through the streets of every American city, and has for generations, but there’s no demand to treat it, let alone eliminate it. To ask why is to beg for the usual, easy charge that you’re a racist. Run for your life!
Knock down a statue, dismiss Woodrow Wilson from Princeton, allow NBA players to wear uniforms with social messages. What’s it worth? Nothing. Such cosmetics have no intrinsic value. They don’t save one life of a kid in Harlem, Bed-Stuy or Newark.
Nigel Thompson was Brandon Hendricks’ basketball coach and geometry teacher: “All his mom kept saying to me is, ‘We need to get him out of this neighborhood, we need to get him off to college’. … He really was a wonderful kid.”
Yeah, was, plenty more past-tense kids to come. “Stop the Slaughter! — B.H,” — as worn by the Knicks and/or Nets — would better serve keepin’-it-real reality. But the slaughter proceeds. Not all black lives matter; every year thousands don’t matter a bit.
Only TV likes ‘flex’
Only sports commissioners speak more baloney than TV execs.
In announcing that Fox is dropping golf’s U.S. Open — to be picked up by NBC — sports CEO Eric Shanks said, “While we are proud of the success we’ve built for golf fans over the years, this is a win for golf fans everywhere, a win for the USGA, Fox and NBC.”
That brought to mind former NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol. In late 2007, the Patriots were undefeated and scheduled to play a 1 p.m. game in Buffalo. Ebersol had the game “flexed” to an 8:15 Sunday night start, an absolute pain in the fanny for ticket holders.
But Ebersol, accomplished self-serving teller of myths, said the move was a gift from NBC to the great fans in Buffalo:
“The third and magical factor in it all is the enthusiasm that Buffalo has shown toward the Bills throughout my long association with the AFC, when we had it before.”
Among those who didn’t see this “gift” as one was the local Orchard Park police chief, Samuel M. McCune who now had to deal with diminished road conditions and drunks drinking in the warmth.
Said McCune, “Can we ask NBC if we can decline the privilege?”
Can’t shame the shameless: MLB’s Extra Innings package via DirecTV is now being sold — as “Great news!” — at half-off on a baseball season reduced by nearly two-thirds. Rob Manfred loves ya, baby.
Once in a while, reader John O’Connell gives ESPN a shot. This week he was in time to hear Stephen A. Smith lead a long and spirited debate on whether the Washington Wizards — a “hot” topic because the NBA and ESPN are business partners — deserve a playoff spot. He’ll try again, perhaps, in a few months.
Since-cut Cardinals receiver Jermiah Braswell, after driving his car into a lake Saturday, was arrested for DUI by police — we kid you not — in Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
Boomer suggests dangerous virus gameplan
This week, WFAN’s Weekday Boomer Esiason strongly suggested football players at Clemson, Alabama and LSU are intentionally infecting themselves with COVID-19 — a deadly serious disease — in order to get it over with to be ready for their opening games.
Who would supervise such a plan? If enacted under coaching and/or medical supervision, those coaches and doctors would be arrested, perhaps for attempted murder or second-degree murder.
But if you don’t know what the heck Esiason was talking about, you and he have that in common.
Matt Barnes, among the most antisocial, vulgar acts in NBA history — a reason he was expendable; he played for 10 teams — and now the co-star of a Showtime show that allows him his freedom of vulgar expression — part of the come-on — recently spoke with Bleacher Report about racism.
Barnes said his father told him to fight anyone who called him the N-word. He said he fought so many people his mother had to get a job in his school to keep him out of trouble.
In 2013 Barnes tweeted: “I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these n—as!” He did not hyphenate the N-word.