E-mails Showing That At Least Negative Stories Are Being Read

By Gregory Moore
Updated: January 29, 2006

SAN ANTONIO � I think I have said this more than once in my columns but I�ll say it again: sometimes it is worth a few �hate� e-mails to receive a message from an individual who gets the point of the story. In regards to the op/ed �History Should Prove To Artest, Others That He Is Fortunate To Play Sports As A Pro�, I received two e-mails from a couple of readers who thoroughly understood where the storyline was headed in the piece.

From Deb Ireland�s e-mail, she wrote �As an Ohio State alum, I was saddened by the whole Clarett situation�for the university, yes�.but, more so for Clarett, as he squandered opportunities that many young men, regardless of race, would have given just about anything to have. And, as you noted in your article, opportunities/privileges that were afforded to him by the efforts expended by his predecessors.� Now Ms. Ireland was referring to my position on how Maurice Clarett let a golden opportunity slip through his fingers and as we all know, it was a golden opportunity that was squandered unnecessarily. Yet I also received a very enlightening e-mail from a faithful reader of my work, Michael Tillery. Michael�s e-mail brought some other points to light from a perspective that most of us fail to even look at; the perspective of a person trying to change a perception. Part of Michael�s email read: �I think this society has to understand that while there are BS black athletes, they are not the norm and shouldn’t get so much press. We are letting the bad apple white athletes off when we continue to hate our own. Terrell Owens does not represent every Black man in the NFL. Barry Bonds does not represent every Black baseball player. Ron Artest does not represent every Black basketball player. I’m sick of hearing of each one of these dudes! Aren’t you? Gimme a Ricky Weeks, a Jarome Iginla or Dwight Howard. We have to use our imagination to make stories about these up and coming model citizens good reads.� Michael brings up a good point in his e-mail. All to often the press does shed a negative light on the negative stories and not enough on positive stories. However what I am reading from his e-mail is that he understands why there is such a purveyance by the press to write negative stories. Even on this site, the writing of a negatives story is more to enlighten the reader as to the situations that have come about as a means of a learning tool rather than a reasoning for just putting negative stories out into the public. Stories such as the one I posted about Ron Artest�s downfall and others have a purpose for all readers and that is mainly to simply bring to the discussion some issues that may not even be discussed in other circles.

SPEAKING OF ARTEST�DON�T BELIEVE THE HYPE Ron Artest spoke to the press before Boston�s game and said that he hoped he could have a new beginning with his new team.

“I’m going to play hard. That’s all I can do,” he said before the game. “Things that were distractions to my team in the past – I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I look forward to those things not happening.”

Now I have been on record saying that Artest deserved another chance and when he showed up at summer league for the Indiana Pacers this past summer and went out there trying to prove to his teammates and bosses that he was ready to play ball after last year�s melee in Detroit, I was all for that. Yet for this writer, that absolution has gone by the waist side. Artest speaks of saying that he has learned from his mistakes but I cannot buy into that talk. Not from him or from anyone in his camp. What Ronnie did was to basically pull the Terrell Owens version in the NBA. The only difference between what Artest did and what Owens did was that the Pacers weren�t going to go through the dog and pony show like the Eagles did. And can you blame them?

I think what Artest fails to realize is that he has not helped his team win anything when he was there and it is my opinion that he is not going to be helping Sacramento either. Teamwork is something that escapes this player and there is nothing but substantial evidence that proves my stance on his mental state as a ball player. Breaking a camera, acting as if his actions in a fight were not wrong. Showing up for a taping of a national show trying pimp his Tru Warrior label. Speaking out just 30 games in that he wants a trade from a team that could be in the Conference finals. These are all traits of a player who is all about himself and to hell with everyone else.

The Maloof family are gamblers by nature. They take risks and those risks pay off handsomely. Yet I have to question this move. As great as it may seem right now, and maybe for the first twenty games Artest is playing like a man with a new lease on life, the inevitable is going to happen. Ron Artest will blow up on Sacramento. The Kings aren�t going to make the playoffs folks and the moment there is a serious losing streak happening, Mt. Artest will erupt with the full force that it is known to do when times get tough during the season.

Maybe I�m proven wrong; I certainly hope so. But in the meantime this sports jurist is out on Ron Artest and his newfound feeling of wanting a new beginning. As a matter of fact I�ll be out for quite awhile on this because I simply don�t want to have to hear another apology from him on a �similar� situation.