By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Apologize For What-Part 1
PART #1 OF 2 APOLOGIZE FOR WVU FORCES PAT WHITE TO APOLOGIZE FOR HIS STATEMENT THAT’S RIGHT A WHITE GUY WITH A GUN WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY’S LOGO
How familiar is this
far far too familiar
FORCED to back
down in the face of
A few Boxes ago we richly praised West Virginia University Starting Quarterback AFRICAN American Pat While, one of the finest college athletes in America today, for bravely standing up and in very diplomatic terms he still pointed out the RACIST tendencies of West Virgin University’s all WHITE Baseball team and specifically the manager of the WVU all WHITE Baseball team Greg Van Zant aka The Ant. Our moniker not Pat White’s.
If you have already forgotten last week’s Box – is that possible – White by chance was asked by a reporter why he never played Baseball for WVU since he was as acclaimed as a high school Baseball player as for Football and that various MLB teams have drafted him in spite of his seemingly preference for Football. HERE IS WHAT WHITE SAID.
Following is an excerpt from the Black Box
Thursday, July, 2008, titled,
” PAT WHITE HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD ”
Here’s the Story. Heisman runner-up and West Virginia Starting QB Pat White is making some waves and getting some ink in recent days talking about Baseball not Football. What began as a so called “innocent” question from a reporter as to why Pat White who was almost as renowned as a young Baseball as a Football prospect and has been drafted again and again by various Major League Baseball teams does NOT play Baseball for West Virginia.”
African American Pat White’s answer ….
AMOUNTS TO AN INDICTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA University in general and its Baseball coach Greg Van Zant in particular. When recently asked why he does not play WVU Baseball here is what Pat White said according to USAToday and other media.
“In my knowledge of West Virginia baseball, there’s not been many players of my race on his team,” White said. “Van Zant is “not too high on it.” White went on to say, “Every player I’ve talked to doesn’t like him. He’s not a well-liked coach, but I guess he has tenure so they never got rid of him. They’re not successful at all.”
END OF EXCERPT
Now here is Pat White exactly one week later this past Thursday and a statement he released to the media AND WE QUOTE ” Thinking back on my recent comments at Big East media day, I believe that I may have overstated my feelings on college baseball and the WVU baseball program. I have not played collegiate baseball in the past because I have concentrated on football and building on our success with my football family. I am sorry my comments have caused so many distractions. I am looking forward to putting this behind me and getting on the practice field with my teammates on Saturday.”
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES
In fairness to Pat White he does not really retract his past statement and we agree WHAT choice did he have but to make a statement “apologizing.” Pat White would have been CRUCIFIED had he not. He would have been forced into a living HELL at West Virginia University in ways big and small. Here is a BIG one right off the bat ( like the use of the word BAT ).
It appears WVU intends to campaign for White to get the Heisman this year assuming he and the team play up to their potential as they did last season. White was a Heisman Finalist last year as a JUNIOR. And in the “new” Heisman Era these campaigns and their ever increasing sophistication are having an impact on the selection process. White will need a FULL effort behind him to WIN the Heisman this year no matter how well he performs.
Sounds like they did not leave
Pat White with much choice
under the circumstances they
may have SILENCED him but
West Virginia University cannot
SILENCE the Black Box
PART 2 TOMORROW
we’ll wage this Battle for
you Pat White now go
win the Heisman for
ALL of us !!
2008 HEISMAN HOPEFUL PAT WHITE