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The NCAA: there is a glitch in the Matrix.
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-After years of complaining, a 1,001 well-documented articles by Dr.Boyce Watkins, a million Farrakhan lectures, and several scholarly conversations with former Fab Five member Jalen Rose, who broke down the hypocrisy in college sports, it took only one tweet from a former Duke Blue Devils basketball player-named Jay Bilas, a ESPN analyst, and known anti-NCAA advocate, to shutdown a small section of the NCAA’s well-oiled money-making machine.
Yes-just like the legend of Paul Revere, who allegedly rode through town shouting that the British were coming, which never really happened, Bilas, sounded the alarm, which finally was heard by the masses.
And, even though, many people may feel as if Bilas single handedly sparked this revolution against the NCAA by embarrassingly showing how they were illegally profiting off of the names of their student-athletes on their shopping website by twitting a screen grab with an Aggies No.2 jersey being sold for $64.99 with the word “Football” on the back, we, however, can’t overlook UNLV’s Jerry “the shark” Tarkanian’s $2.5 million settlement against the NCAA, which took 26-years to be settled as well as the lawsuit formatted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Brannon against EA sports.
Matter of fact, due to O’ Brannon’s lawsuit, the NCAA servered its ties with EA Sports’college footall game, and beginning in 2014, the game will no longer include the NCAA brand or logos.
“The hypocrisy is definitely front and center, and what Jay [Bilas] has been saying for the past week or so really kind of falls in line with what we’ve been saying for the past three or four years. …I don’t want to say I’m excited, but I’m thrilled that what we have been doing for the past four years is finally front and center and everyone is paying attention to it because it is a hypocrisy going on for sure.”O’Bannon told Yahoo Sports.
So, while we debate which incident is more impactful, both of them forced the NCAA to make some drastic changes in how they operate.
For instance, after Bilas’s twit when viral, the No.2 Aggie jerseys were stopped being sold on the NCAA’s shopping site, which was instantly disconnected, forcing NCAA’s president Mark Emmert to announce that the NCAA would no longer sell jerseys or school related apparel or memorabilia.
Unfortunately, for these athletes, when they sign their national letters of intent, they effectively agree to give their lives over to these devils.
Oh yeah, slavery still exist in America. And if you feel uncomfortable with that term, we can use the term indentured servant.
Which by definition means? … a worker, typically a laborer or tradesman, under contract to an employer for a fixed period of time, typically three to seven years, in exchange for their transportation, food, clothing, lodging and other necessities.
Seriously, it does matter, whether you are rich or poor.
Black or white.
Race is really not a factor.
Exploitation is exploitation.
Capitalism is capitalism.
Besides, the Matrix is real.
It is not a movie.
And, just like Morpheus, played by Larry Fishburne, told Neo, played by Keanu Reeves,
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.
Eric D.Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org