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Colin Kaepernick

We all know Colin Kaepernick is right. So, I will not debate any of you who say the NFL has a right to shun him. Of course they do, but that does not make them right. Kaepernick is being punished for exercising a God-given right, a right that defines Americanism at its core, but one that flies in the face of business and selective patriotism and outright hypocrisy.

The silent collusion against him is the same kind that black people face in business each day. Some of us ignore it and it drives others of us crazy because we are never sure just what is behind the rejection and we always suspect the worst.
Colin Kaepernick is a multiracial man who was orphaned and blessedly landed in the bosom of a God-fearing family who loved him and nurtured his athletic gifts.

And then one day, he realized that he could not separate part of himself from the indomitable soul of his people and that famous or not, rich or not, he could be murdered and the same society that gave him the money and fame would allow his death to go unpunished because of the color of his skin. He could not abide this and not only because he’s black, but because he was raised by a Christian family who taught him better, who told him that he was indeed his brother’s keeper.

All these players telling him to let it go are just the kind of damaged meat the NFL loves, weak, pliable men who do not have a tenth of the principle and nobility in the heart of the man they criticize. I know most people will not turn off the NFL this year, but I will. I know it won’t do a damned thing, but it will make me feel better. The NFL season is 16 games long and so each Sunday, I will watch one of these 16 films instead:
1. MALCOLM X
2. THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
3. FRIDAY
4. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
5. SOUL FOOD
6. BOYZ IN THE HOOD
7. DO THE RIGHT THING
8. FEAR OF A BLACK HAT
9. NEW JACK CITY
10. BLADE
11. LOVE JONES
12. BOOMERANG
13. MENACE TO SOCIETY
14. COMING TO AMERICA
15. COOLEY HIGH
16.TRADING PLACES

I know you’re thinking “It’s easy for a Detroit Lions fan to give up football.” Well, if you think this is about football, then you haven’t been paying attention.

-Gary Hardwick

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The Starting 5 Podcast Guest Appearance – HBCU Drama, NBA Playoffs, Etc

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Once again, I made a guest appearance on Dan and John’s epic sports podcast The Starting 5. In this episode, we discuss the NBA Playoffs, HBCU drama which includes the school Bethune-Cookman University, John Edward’s death by the hands of the police, racist moments in wrestling, Curt Shillings waste of space behind, and BBB shoes. Special guest Katara from her Tru Radio Network and music by Toni Steelz were on hand to make this episode complete. From serious topics to pure, unapologetic laughter this an episode you shouldn’t miss.

-Ms. Scripter

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Podcast Guest Appearance: The Starting 5 Show

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Once again, I made a guest appearance on Mayor Dan’s and JP’s podcast entitled, The Starting 5 Show. We discuss an array of topics, but the highlights were the murder of Joe McKnight, and the suicide of former running back Rashaan Salaam and more. Follow The Starting 5 Show at SoundCloud. You can also email the starting 5 at THESTARTING5SHOW@gmail.com and follow them on Twitter @THESTARTING5TMT and @SF_ACE5. I hope you enjoy the show.

-Ms Scripter

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Keep Calm! The Knicks Did Good With Obtaining Derrick Rose

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OPINION- Once the story of the Knicks making a deal to acquire Bulls guard, Derrick Rose, for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon (good riddance) and Jerian Grant, the array of NBA fans had various opinions of the deal.

The non-Knick fans who, I will deem as shortsighted Knick haters, couldn’t wait to say, “the Knicks always acquire players who are at the end of their careers.” Then the various memes were created, depicting Rose on the ground hurting himself in the airport on his way to NYC. The comments were even made from Knick fans, who stated Rose won’t be healthy enough to finish out the season.

If one were to evaluate this trade, one could use their non-bias analysis (that’s hard to do in sports, huh?) and say the Knicks deal was a win – win situation. The Knicks practically gave up nothing in return, and before we start to say it isn’t fair that Grant a young guard was included, the last time I checked he wasn’t Russell Westbrook so cut the shenanigans.

The deal was good, and if Rose can show a hint of his MVP prowess, the naysayers will be muted on social media, and sports talk radio for quite some time. We are only obtaining Rose for a short period, and he will, therefore, come off the books unless he has an MVP stellar like season (which I can honestly say probably won’t happen) and resign him to another deal. Rose gives us an extra shot at not only making the playoffs, after coming off a disappointing season. It gives the Knicks extra ammunition in a triangle offense I reputably can’t stand, but allows Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis to be free to roam the court in a less contested fashion. This is a contract year for Rose, who has only been healthy for over 39 games in 4 years. Rose has something to prove, and what better way to show it by playing in the bright lights in New York City?

Whether this trade comes out successful or not, this deal does not hurt the Knicks significantly. So fellow Knick fans, we should take a long hard look and be excited that we have a rental that can probably bring us back to respectability, even if it is for a short period, until Phil Jackson comes up with another plan.

Now, if only the Knicks can obtain Joakim Noah to finish off some of the offseason moves, I would be satisfied. Dwight Howard’s name has been dropped, and it has been reported that he has shown some interest in coming to the Knicks. I would love for Howard to sign somewhere else because we don’t need a mediocre center, who’s career hasn’t been impressive as of late and is nothing short of a cry baby. To be honest, Noah is a better fit (regardless of his health issues, as well) since he played with Rose ion Chicago.

If you’re a Knick fan, there is no need to panic. Sure, I wanted Kevin Durant here as a Knick, but reality hit me that he may not have wanted to come to New York in the first place. Durant was a game shy of reaching the finals (until the collapse), and signing with the Knicks may have been like taking a step back for him professionally.

So keep calm, enjoy the short time we will have with a former all-star, MVP and see the results, this trade will bring to the table, instead of the constant whining at every move that this organization makes under Phil Jackson that makes sense. The Knicks consistently underachieving has got old, and I can admit that but the constant bickering from fans every time the team makes a move has also gotten old as well, and I’m officially over it.

-Ms Scripter

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My Guest Appearance On The “Talking My Team Network”

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It’s been a while since I did a podcast or even made a guest appearance on one. What better way to be in my comfort zone is to talk about sports, then flip it to more serious topics like The alligator who killed that young man in Orlando, and the Orlando mass shooting.

My opinion on this matter is never apologetic, and so are the rest of the team. Listen to Mayor Dan, John and Katara as we share our thoughts on various topics in one of Dan’s most intense shows to date. Also, take the time to follow Talking My Team Network on Soundcloud for weekly updates. Thanks for listening.

-Ms Scripter

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Ep. 20 Interview with Former NY Jet Rob Carpenter – On Current NFL Drama

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Episode 20 is here, and Debbie and Chris dedicate this to the NFL and all the drama that has surrounded it lately. From the former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice domestic violence incident, Vikings Adrian Peterson’s child abuse allegations, Roger Goodell’s handling of the Rice situation and NFL surprises and predictions.  We also give a shout out to the late Amy Winehouse on her birthday, in which she shares with Nas. Last but not least the recent passing of Joe Sample of the Crusaders. We also tackle the current news, like Kanye West’s arrogance, where are we in terms of the Mike Brown investigation and other shenanigans by the police.

Songs used in this episode:

  • Eve – “Love is Blind”
  • Nas feat. Amy Winehouse – “Cherry Wine”.
  • The Crusaders – “Street Life”

-Ms Scripter

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Episode 18: Donald Sterling, The Clippers Protest & Racism

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ClippersThis is our first episode of the month and what better way to kick it off by having a show dedicated to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments. We also touch on the players response during game 4 after the comments were leaked to the press. Lastly, we have a brief discussion concerning the passing of D.J. EZ-Rock. Until next time…

Songs used in this episode:

  • Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M”

-Ms Scripter

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Now That Phil Jackson Is With The Knicks, I need Dolan to Fade to Black

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Phil JacksonOPINION – Being a Knick fan has to be one of the most painstaking affiliations in all of sports. I’ve been a Knick fan since Kenny “Skywalker” used to literally sky high with his deaf defying dunks (did I just reveal my age?). Nevertheless, I have watched countless disappointing seasons and playoff and finals losses that have literally made me sick to my stomach. I still can’t get over 1994 and John Starks shooting us out of any hopes of a championship. The only thing I like to talk about in that year is how O.J. interrupted the Finals with his white Bronco. After decades upon decades of this psychological pain the New York Knicks have inflicted on me, I still love them like they were my kids. I’m not a bandwagon fan like countless others who join teams because of an individual player (hi Heat fans) or because a franchise has gathered enough championships to make a person feel cool by stating they are a fan. I was a devoted Knick fan through their ups and downs and remain that way.

With the possible addition of Phil Jackson, who has been appointed President of Basketball Operations as reported by NBA TV, Knick fans still feel some trepidation. One of the main factors is that Phil is not going to be coaching, but is in charge of making decisions on whom to add or delete from the roster. Jackson has never held that position, so this is where Knick fans are conflicted whether to celebrate this hiring, or continue to fear the future of doom and gloom when it comes to this franchise. Jackson has some key decisions to make, whether he even wants Carmelo Anthony back. Hypothetically speaking, if Jackson does not want to re-sign Anthony, I’m going to be a little ticked off, while some of my fellow Knicks fans will celebrate the move. It still rests on the shoulders on whether Anthony wants to come back on not.  Either way, Jackson either thinks Anthony doesn’t fit his vision and is part of the losing problem or he sees that Anthony needs a better supporting cast. I will go on record and say everyone is expendable except for Anthony and Hardaway. If Jackson decides to get rid of everyone else, so be it. I do realize that the lame duck head coach Mike Woodson is as good as gone. Replacing the head coach will also be one of the first major decision that Jackson has to make. There are rumors of Steve Kerr getting the job, which I do not support. I’m looking at two head coaches that are defensive minded, which is former Knick head coach Jeff Van Gundy or the current coach of the Chicago Bulls and former Knicks assistance Tim Thibodeau whom reportedly is unhappily with the Bulls.

Let’s be honest the Knicks haven’t won since I was an embryo and, unfortunately, that says a lot about one of the oldest NBA franchises, where winning the big one has eluded them for decades. Many will say the Knicks had opportunities especially in 1994 as I stated. Or in 1995 when Ewing’s finger roll slid out of the basket. Many situations have plagued the Knicks, from poor management decisions: their ineffective way they have handled the salary cap, draft picks (Frederick Weis) and many countless errors that have made the New York Knicks one of the laughing stocks of all sports. Hiring Jackson brings us instant credibility and excitement. The addition of Jackson should be met with tons of optimism. I say give Jackson a chance and I have a strong feeling he is going to surround himself with people that know a lot about basketball operations. The last thing Jackson will like to leave is a legacy of mediocrity in terms of his management skills.  Jackson comes across as a perfectionist that has an ego to match his work ethic. Also, Jackson will bring what we considered free agents who might find the idea of working under someone like him in any capacity to be hard to pass up. Guys who would have run for the hills instead of even thinking about playing for the Knicks may just sign here or request a trade to play here, just to be close to a man who has guided the careers of Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant and has the championship rings as a player and head coach to show for it.

The sticking point is whether New York Knicks owner James Dolan can fade to black. Dolan is a micro manager when it comes to the Knicks and he has demonstrated down to his analyzation of the Knicks city dancers, that he is indeed too involved. Yes, this is his team that he inherited from daddy, but it does not mean he knows what he is doing, clearly he doesn’t. I wish Dolan would sell the team to be honest and let someone who doesn’t act like Jerry Jones take over, but that will never happen. Dolan will never sell a team that has continued to generate profits even if the season is down right dreadful year after year.  I just want Dolan to do the same thing as he has done with the Rangers, which is to fade to black and let the folks he hired run the show, without him sticking his nose into everything. I’m sure Jackson is quite aware of the micromanaging owner and he wouldn’t take the job if he knew he could not have complete control, so I have a feeling this may give Knick fans some hope. Dolan has to be told this his basketball IQ is non existent and to focus on his other toys, and leave the Knicks to those who know what they are doing.

I’m hoping the Knicks can turn this boat around and sail home to a championship before I die. Really, I’m serious. New York City and their fans need and want this badly than no one can ever imagine. Knick fans are one of the loyalist fans in the world (many call us stupid for even hanging around this long), but we stayed with this franchise through the good and bad times. I’m going to take a wait and see approach, but I am already excited about the future possibilities now if only Dolan will fades to black; time will tell.

-Ms Scripter

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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1922090-is-tom-thibodeau-exactly-what-ny-knicks-need-to-succeed

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Now That The Knicks Season Is Over…

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OPINION – Just maybe now the anti-Knick fans can stop talking so much. I have never seen so many anti-Knick fans in my life; one would think we won as many championships as the Lakers to garner so much attention and hate. The people that are spitting venom were either not in the playoffs or went fishing after a 1st round exit. At least now, only Heat fans remain, right? I do love Heat fans because they do not exist. The only Heat fans that exist are those who been around since Rony Seikaly, and I can count those fans with one hand. We also can get rid of these Knick bandwagon fans that found our way on social networking sites. Good riddance!

Now, that I got that off my chest, what should the Knicks do in the off-season? Many Knick fans may or may not agree, but I would make a bold move and fire Mike Woodson. We all became aware that Woodson was out-coached the entire series. I do not know how many times I screamed at my television set because Woodson placed Jason Kidd in the game, who had not recorded a field goal in a month! Players like Copeland were sitting on the pine, where they could have been contributing to the team. No one with the exception of Carmelo Anthony could hit a field goal.  The Knicks need to hire a coach that understands what it takes to get out of the 2nd round. A coach that makes great adjustments to counter attack the opposing team’s defense. Woodson is a first round coach, nothing more, and it is time to get rid of him while we got the chance. Woodson forgot the players; that contributed during the regular season to get to the playoffs in the first place. He failed to included them in this series, and that is all the evidence the front office needs to make the call and fire him.

I read and heared the whispers concerning Carmelo Anthony. He was not the reason why we lost this series. If anything, Anthony is the reason why we were in the playoffs in the first place. We get the jokes he has not won a championship, but I did not see him jump ship to try to play with two other superstars like that man-child in Miami – just so he can win a ring. Anthony wanted to come here with the bright lights via trade and the criticism that the press loves to give to stars in New York City – just ask Patrick Ewing. My buddy Will thinks it is more to the criticism of Carmelo Anthony than many people are reluctant to admit too.

“Why does the city hate Melo, racism? I don’t get it! He is the new age Ewing to me. If he plays great people give him a half ass compliment and when they don’t win they blame him.

It has to be! The city turned on other black stars before; Strawberry, Doc Gooden, etc.

Media and fans don’t think Jeter is black or as Sheffield called him all the way black so he gets a pass.

Seems like Melo is more hated in this town then Mark Sanchez and A-rod.”-Will Kirimca

The overabundance of criticism that Anthony has taken all year is comical, especially since we have not had a superstar of his caliber since Ewing. Unfortunately, Anthony’s luck in the NBA has not been great, and his supporting cast has been dismal. One forgets that championship caliber teams have had great supporting cast. Does one think Lebron James could have won a ring without the help of Wade and Bosh? That is why James left the Cavs in the first place. Kobe Bryant won his championships with Shaq and for the second time with a cast of Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol. So please do not tell me Anthony is not a winner, that argument is getting old and tired. I think Will is correct; the criticism is probably blatant racism and is why many Black NBA superstars do not even bother to come here as a free agent or via trade.  Anthony had a hell of a great season and winning the scoring title also added to his accomplishments, but the criticism still fell at his feet. Anthony can opt out of his contract before the 2014-2015 season, and if he decides to leave, I would not blame him. Serves many ungrateful fans and sportswriters right, I would leave too if I felt unappreciated.

The faster J.R. Smith can pack his bags and get out of town the better. He needs to sign with a team that has a night club that closes at 2am, where Rihanna would not dare venture. It appears Smith got distracted this entire post season. JR was was staying up late partying trying to holla at Rihanna, maybe he should have dedicated that time practicing his jumpers. He was non-existent in this series and to be quite frank; JR was one of the reasons why we lost in the first place. It is okay that JR could not make shots, but to not contribute in other areas to help his team win is another thing. J.R. Smith only thinks about J.R. Smith and the fact he is now a free agent, makes me smile – get lost.  Other teams evaluating him and trying to figure out what to offer him, should keep in mind, he is not worth much. His stock has dropped faster than Facebook and even in that sense I’m being generous. There is a team that will pay him big bucks, but he is not worth it. His ego is way too big, and his game did not match his big ass mouth.

Tyson Chandler got abused the entire series: Chandler could not catch a rebound if it were velcroed to his jersey. Maybe all those missing rebounds that he failed to grab was stuck in his thick beard somewhere, begging to be released into his hands instead. Then one hears the excuses that he was playing hurt.  Chandler was better off pulling a Derrick Rose; then that would have given someone else a shot to battle for loose balls. Chandler was a huge disappointment and another reason why we lost this series. I would not shed a tear if the invisible man, is invisible for this team starting next season.

Amar’e Stoudemire attempted to make a comeback in this series, but he was better off riding the pine, as well. The 100 million dollar bust, who can not guard a stop sign does not make me excited when he graces the garden floor. Too bad he was overpaid because no team in their right mind would take on that balloon of a contract. That is the Knicks pattern, always signing damage goods or they play one season before unceremoniously retiring with a check and a bum knee.

With all my venting, I have to admit there are many bright spots concerning this Knicks team. To Copeland and Shumpert we have a few young players that can play an integral part next season. In all honesty, the Knicks exceeded my expectations. Either way, the Knicks organization, has some serious soul searching to do. This team should have beaten the Pacers because I think they are still better than them. They decided to dumb down their play, and it showed, with all the miss jumpers, non-existent rebounds, poor defense and just stupid plays, which included stupid fouls.  Many fans believe they could have won game 6 and bring it back to the Garden for Game 7 for the win. It is too bad only the real Knick fans believed in them, but the Knicks did not believe in themselves and it showed.

-Ms Scripter

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Now that Jason Collins Has Come Out, So Did the Homophobes

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OPINION – One must have not been watching television or reading a newspaper if they did not hear that Washington Wizards Player, Jason Collins came out as a gay man in Sports Illustrated. He became the first active athlete to do so.

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation,” Collins wrote. “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

My recollection of an NBA player who came out was John Amaechi in 2007, but he was no longer playing in the league at the time.

“It’s hugely important for the kids so they don’t feel alone in the world. We’re role models. We’re adults, and we know we’re not alone but kids don’t know that,” she said. “He will definitely help a lot of kids growing up to feel better about themselves.”

Just like Collins, Amaechi also had the homophobes expressing some distasteful comments. One player in particular was former NBA player Tim Hardaway. Lebron James had also commented that he did not think an openly gay man can survive in the league. Here, is what Lebron James was quoted as saying:

“With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you’re gay and you’re not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy,” James said. “So that’s like the No. 1 thing as teammates — we all trust each other. You’ve heard of the in-room, locker room code. What happens in the locker room stays in there. It’s a trust factor, honestly. A big trust factor.”

It gets better; here is NBA player Shavlik Randolph comments after hearing about Amaechi:

“As long as he don’t make any advances toward me I’m fine with it,” he said. “As long as he came to play basketball like a man and conducted himself like a good person, I’d be fine with it.”

I doubt Amaechi was even checking for Randolph as a matter of fact; no one is checking for Randolph in the league and outside of it. Back then, freely expressing one’s homophobic views did not get these athletes in trouble. One comment did get retired NBA player Tim Hardaway kicked out of the all-star festivities by the Commissioner after he communicated the most hateful comment to date:

“You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known,” Hardaway said. “I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”

Twitter has captivated minds and has been a social networking dream and a nightmare for some. Homophobic athletes no longer go on radio shows as Tim Hardaway did, they just go, on their personal Twitter account to express their views.  Let’s fast forward to 2013 when other players like the NFL’s very own Mike Wallace, tweeted his subliminal thoughts about Collins:

“He did not mention Collins by name but said that he was shaking his head that “guys wanna mess with guys” even though there are “all these beautiful women in the world.”

Of course, Wallace realize his mistake and promptly deleted his tweet and added another apologizing, which more than likely someone in his PR camp manufactured. The last comment was even more disturbing when ESPN’s very own bible thumper Chris Broussard wanted to let the world know that Collins being a gay is a sin.

“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly … like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says ‘you know them by their fruits.’ “And if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

One thing is to say that Broussard did not believe in homosexuality, but to go in the way he did,  like he was giving a Bishop Long sermon was inappropriate. Wow, did I say Bishop Long? Bad comparison. Since we being honest, does  Broussard feels the same away about the many NBA players that he covers that have an array of baby mothers, infidelity while married, arrests for domestic violence, DUI, weapons possession, and drugs. Or how about that demented pedophile that was able to rape children at Penn State for years. I would like to know if the Bible would characterize those individuals as Christian?

I am proud of Amechi and Collins who faced the world and let them know that they are gay.  Collins have received tons of support, but I want to point out the many ignorant beings that continue to express their hate and also the ones that hide behind the Bible while doing it. I personally could not care less about one’s sexual orientation, but the homophobes appear to have an opinion on that. I do often wonder about people who are so quick to criticize someone for being gay if they are even gay themselves – and using that opportunity to deflect attention away from their own closet issues. When a gay man or a woman comes out, the evidence is clear – so do the homophobes.

-Ms Scripter

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