AFRICANGLOBE – I do have a certain degree of respect for Lebron James even though I haven’t always agreed with his stances on certain issues such as doing a cop-out regarding the murder of Tamir Rice by the occupying colonial military force in America known as the police.
Recently, veteran NBA star Lebron James got a lot of attention for comments that of course have angered white people and white media when he said on a television show on HBO that “In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality. And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f*ck I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.’
“The players are who make the ship go. We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham, Jr. without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA.”
Not surprisingly, mainstream white media outlets and white people alike ripped LeBron James by negatively stereotyping him as “dumb, ignorant, lazy, and uneducated” for making comments that are actually very true.
LeBron is actually correct regarding his comments about The NFL owners because it’s true that The NFL has never been about the players or the fans, it’s always been about these billionaire team owners filling up their bottom line every year.
Much like The NBA and The NCAA, The NFL is basically a modern day plantation where most of the guys that make the money are old white guys and most of the players that put in the work on the gridiron football field and basketball court are young Black men that come from colonial conditions imposed on their community such as the illegal drug economy, mass incarceration, gentrification, economic exploitation, and police brutality.
The NBA, NCAA, and NFL basically make billions of dollars year mostly coming off of the backs of Black athletes that generate the most money for these mainstream football and basketball teams.
White people only use Black people and especially Black men in particular to entertain them by either singing, rapping, acting or by throwing/catching a football and dribbling/dunking a basketball. And it’s no secret that the minute that we Black people choose to legitimately speak out and take a stand on social issues, they’re quick to punish us to “keep us in our place” such as the Black NFL players that that were punished for choosing to sit this year and last year during an anthem that’s clearly drenched in our blood.
The Conclusion – The NFL is only about these very greedy team owners that want to keep all the money for themselves because they don’t care about what the fans and the players really want which is why I’m supporting The Freedom Football League started by former Black NFL players Ricky Williams and Terrell Owens that truly cares about giving the fans and players what they want and letting Black athletes speak out on social issues without being reprimanded.
By: Kwame Shakir