George Karl Is Blaming Absentee Fathers, Instead of His Mediocre Coaching

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kenyon-and-georgeOPINION – There are always occasions when people write autobiographies and “spill the tea,” so to speak, where they highlight things that occur in their lives while blasting others in the process. In the case of former NBA coach George Karl, he attempted to do the same thing in his latest autobiography, entitled Furious George.

In the excerpt of his book, a controversial passage has made its rounds:

“Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” Karl wrote.

Let me get this straight, in other words; Karl’s blaming his mediocre NBA record and lack of an NBA championship on his resume on Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony? When does a head coach show accountability for the process of drafting X’s and O’s, motivating, putting a team together that values leadership and has stellar chemistry? I guess the easy way out, is blaming losses on Black players, who didn’t have a father figure in their lives.

I can name several NBA players, who didn’t have their fathers to guide them and they have gone on to become successful players, who also were able to win a championship and even get into the Basketball Hall of Fame. One player comes to mind is Lebron James, and countless others who have won or who have gone on to the Hall of Fame, like Allen Iverson.

Karl is playing the victim here, and his mediocrity should be scrutinized more than his players. One will never hear great NBA coaches like Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs make a statement like that because I’m sure he had players who didn’t have a father figure in their lives. By the looks of things, Popovich did something that Karl didn’t do, probably didn’t care to do, or don’t know how to, and that is to become a father figure to his players if he felt that they needed it.

It also appears to me that Karl’s little excerpt that I highlighted has some racial undertones, that says that Black men can’t be successful in the NBA because their fathers aren’t around. Karl had tons of talented players at his disposal for the most part that didn’t like him. Instead of blaming that on absentee fathers, maybe George Karl needs to look at himself in the mirror.

Kenyon Martin responded on Twitter to Karl recently:

 

 

 

Then Karl used another word that is underline with racial undertones concerning J.R. Smith:

Of Smith, Karl wrote that he had “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection.”

Most of us are quite aware the words, “posse” and “thug” are part of the covert class of racist language that is replaced instead of the N-word. No one isn’t stupid, and if one thinks otherwise one is probably being willfully ignorant to Karl’s content when talking about Black players. Karl isn’t slick at all and the more I hear his quotes, the more that I come to the conclusion he is probably a covert racist (well not covert any longer). We are no longer sugar coating this, it’s time to start blasting these racist, privilege individuals.

With a career record of 1175 wins and 824 losses and a winning percentage of .432, is not impressive.  Sure Karl has surpassed Phil Jackson in wins, but Jackson has something Karl doesn’t, which is a championship and a better winning percentage. Karl’s head coaching record is dismal, he has no NBA championships under his belt. Lastly, with his last termination by the Sacramento Kings, this should cement his legacy as a coach, who isn’t that good and utilized his white privilege to continue to yield head coaching jobs, even if his performance and record continue to be mediocre. Karl needs to stop blaming everyone else and change the title to his book from Furious George to Incompetent George: The White Privilege Edition. 

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-Ms Scripter

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Book Recommendation: Paul Mooney – ‘Black is the New White’

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Paul Mooney

Los Angeles is the bourgeois town of all bourgeois towns, a vile, racist city from the very start. It’s always been way more conservative than people think. Hollywood folks like to believe they are wrapped up in their liberal beliefs, but it’s all just a ruse. They got the complexion for the protection. Hollywood only brings up race when it works for them.”-Paul Mooney in Black is the New White

I have been a lover of comedy since I was a kid. I was hanging out with my brothers while they would watch Richard Pryor On the Sunset Strip, and then Eddie Murphy’s “Raw.” Between those guys and Redd Foxx, I was in shocked on how raunchy their acts were, but not just the explicit nature of what they were saying, but Pryor out of three evoked a lot of jokes based on race. I wasn’t really clear who was also giving Pryor a hand in some of his material, which I would later found out to be fellow comedian and friend Paul Mooney.

I didn’t know who Mooney was until his portrayal in a few skits for the Dave Chappelle Show like “Negrodamus” and “Ask a Black Dude“. Mooney’s matter of fact tone and the way his jokes had a substance called, “keeping it realmade it even funnier. That is what one receives when reading Mooney’s memoir entitled Black is the New White, which was raw, uncut and hysterically funny. Mooney discusses his career and his lack of opportunities in the Hollywood spotlight that Pryor had the honor of being awarded as both of their careers started to take shape together. What made this book different is that even though this should have been mainly about Mooney, one gets a sense that this was also a part biography concerning Pryor. Their friendship would be highlighted in the many chapters, from Pryor’s drug use, the initial denial of entry into Hollywood due to racism, their variety show that they worked on together, various stand up routines that evoked race and both of their personal lives, which include tense relationships and tragic deaths.

Mooney doesn’t hold back and to be honest, he never did throughout his career. All of his jokes were the truth, but it made one laugh at the same time. That‘s how I like my comedy and good comedians use one’s own experience and tragedy as a spring board for their material. We can chalk up Mooney’s lack of spotlight appeal from the Hollywood movers and shakers as a direct result of Money refusing to bow down to the pressure of toning down his comedic routines, which can be seen as a taking aimagainst white supremacy. Mooney refused to get in line like everyone else and maybe that’s why as a kid I never heard of him. I wasn’t aware until reading this memorior that he also penned some episodes for Redd Foxx show Sanford & Son, that had to be edited by the powers that be because of the nature of some of the topics.

Dave Chappelle provides the forward in this one, which is appropriate since Mooney passed the torch so to speak to him and other young comedians. One can tell the heavy Mooney influence that took shape in Dave Chappelle’s own show. This is a good read and a page turner that made it feel as if one was able to go back in time and experience some of the things Mooney included in the book.. My only gripe is that I wish Mooney would have focused more on himself, because his life is quite intriguing, but I understand that Pryor was an intricate part of Mooney’s life and he wanted to dedicate his book to him. With that being said, if one wants to laugh, and get to understand the contributor to many of Pryor’s jokes and a life full of disappointments and success,, pick up this book. This book is a great fast read that not only will make one laugh, but will raise one‘s socially conscious awareness of the blatant racism that still exists till this day in Hollywood.

Rating 4 stars out of 5.

 

-Ms Scripter

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Side-Eye Alert: Tommy Mottola Takes Credit for Mariah Carey’s Success

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Mariah Carey’s ex-husband Tommy Mottola is bragging in a new memoir; that is set to drop later on this month that he was the main reason why Carey was successful. Mottola even went as far to discuss the mental and emotional abuse, he inflicted on Carey in their marriage.

“If it seemed like I was controlling,” he writes, “I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”

Who is willing to brag about being emotionally and mentally abusive, in not so unspoken terms? Mottola comes across as an egotistical maniac. The late Michael Jackson may have been on to something when he singled out Mottola during a press conference in NYC a few years ago. Here is what Jackson thinks of Mottola:

Claiming that Mottola had used the “N-word”  to refer to an unidentified black Sony artist, Jackson singled out the company chairman for being “mean … a racist … and very, very, very devilish.”

Sounds like Jackson was undoubtedly correct, just look at how Mottola continues to stroke his already inflated ego, and took credit for Carey’s success. Here Is what Carey has been quoted on about her ex-husband:

“I came to him with the voice that I have. I came to him with the songs that went on to be Number One records.”

I took a liking to Carey when she began loosening up and embracing hip-hop in her music, which Mottola was animate against. It was Carey’s idea to call up Ol’ Dirty Bastard and drop one of the hottest records of her career, in “Fantasy”. Her entire persona changed and she broke out of her shell, and it only enhanced her popularity, especially when she left that control freak.

The last time I checked, Tommy Mottola was not in the booth with Carey singing. I’m tired of these record executives trying to take all the credit for God given talent that their artists already possessed. Mottola promoted her and provided her with guidance, but Carey still had the talent to fulfill the rest, which led to her success. If anything, he should thank Carey for promoting him because a casual fan did not  know who Mottola was, until he married Carey.  Could Mottola have made such an impact on an artist that sounded like a wounded animal, let’s say for instance – American Idol reject William Hung? Now if, Mottola could have made Hung into a mega superstar, then this may have been a totally different conversation. All the guidance in the world would not have help Carey become successful, if it was not for her voice, and writing ability – clearly, Mottola had nothing to do with that. I cannot take anyone seriously who admits to being controlling and mentally abusive. It is also low to water down Mariah Carey’s success, thank goodness she doesn’t have to worry about Mottola anymore – he is Thalia’s problem now.

-Ms Scripter

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