A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
BATTERED BRAINS AND BULLY BEATDOWNS
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN) I am on the edge of reason about to jump off the cliff.
Why? Because, everybody knows football is a game ruled by bullies & “Billy bad-asses,”who utilize their big, bulging biceps to push other people around. As a result, most of the members of this “sacred” fraternity are usually loud, boastful, and obnoxious.
In effect, often times, they get in brawls in bars, wrestling matches in the locker room, fist fights at the club, and shouting matches in the parking lot, usually over nothing.
And despite what we want to think, stereotypically, they do seek out weaker members of their own clan, forcing them to be their personal assistant or “f*@k boys.”
Sorry, I hated to bust your bubble.
Plus, their language, in the locker room and during the heat of competition, is usually filled with obscenities and profanity.
And, honestly, after the game is over, most of their conversation is simple about “getting some p&$#y,” “looking for p@#$y,”and “finding some new p@#$y.”
Regardless, of how many interviews, you see them conducted by ESPN or the NFL Network, the truth is truth.
But, I guess that’s why the media was so obsessed and fascinated with Tim Tebow’s rise and fall in the NFL.
Don’t get me wrong, some players do mature, fall in love, start families, develop careers and formulate conversations beyond money, pussy and weed.
But, the majority of these players could care less about what Skip Bayless thinks or what questions Dan Patrick chooses to ask them in his man-cave.
SOUNDS GOOD BUT PROBABLY NOT TRUE
Besides, that’s PR.
You know the routine.
Which, fifty cent of the time, is all BS…..?
But for some odd reason, with so many cameras in the locker room and so many non-athletic reporters covering the game, all of sudden, everybody is shocked by what their so-called favorite athletes are saying, whether it’s off the field or during the game.
I hate to inform these “so-called” self-righteous hypocritics, who point fingers at a player, who might utilize a homophobic slur or racial slur; this is the real world not the fake reality you have created in your studio with your scripted debates and well-written telepromptred responses.
So, please stop FN- up the game we love, by firing coaches for cursing, eliminating truly alpha males from the locker room and penalizing men for being men.
Unfortunately, there seems to be some type of political campaign to soften the game and “feminize” the sport that we have been playing for years in order to turn it into a game of two hand tag, where all the players wear pink, quarterbacks can’t get sacked, wide receivers can’t get hit going across the middle, and running backs can’t get tackled below the waist.
I am sorry.
But, this is football people!!!!
Plus, with this new form of TMZ journalism jocking for position, players find themselves trapped in the clutches of paparazzi, who are more concern about whether players pray to a “white Jesus,” go to strip clubs, or use profanity in the locker room than they are with covering the actual game itself.
Besides, there is a level of barbarism associated with playing a violent sport like football, which is ruled by the lowest nature of man.
Honestly, you can’t be Mr. Robinson on the field.
Ask the Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith?
Therefore, you must utilize your animalistic instincts and be driven by your desire, powered by your PRIDE, and fueled by your lust, especially when you put on that helmet and strap on those shoulder pads.
Because, this is not a game for the weak at heart, or for those who are sensitive to criticism.
Why? Because, anybody wishing to be initiated into this exclusive club, must prove themselves on the field, in the locker room and off the field, especially rookies.
However, if that person fails to do so, he will be manipulated, punked, and controlled his entire career.
As a result, if that player let’s this never ending hazing or bullying get to him, he will eventually start to question his ability and his confidence will be destroyed, which usually ends with him getting cut from the team.
Ask, Tim Tebow?
Why? Because, the football locker room is no different from any board room in corporate America, where business men conduct their business in expensive suits and ties, while making small talk about “money, drugs, and bitches”over a cup of coffee, a cigar, or a bottle of wine.
But, for some odd reason, in the business world, behind closed doors, this is viewed to be more sophisticated than a bunch of brawling football players in the locker room.
Even though, they are very similar, if not the same.
Why? Because, the NFL is a dog-eat-dog business, a multi-trillion dollar corporation, which tolerates no forms of weakness from their owners, GM’s, coaches, veteran players or rookies.
Hazing as a rites of passage
With that said, former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley weighed in on the discussion about hazing on ABC News when he said: “Times have changed and rookie have changed since (I was a rookie in ) 1997….I was a little blindsided by the rites of passages of being a rookie, which for me included getting duct taped to the goal post, getting baby powder poured on you or Gatorade, or water, or basically anything sticky that was fluid, something to totally embarrass you…..You know, clothes being torn, being taped to a goal post, in the nude. But I did it all with a smile. I never thought I was a victim or being bullied.”
While Wiley gave some personal insight on hazing from a defensive player’s standpoint, many sports fans probably felt that an offensive player’s opinion about the ritual of rookie hazing would be totally different, especially when it came from a Quarterback.
However, many might have been shocked by former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde’s testimony, who told the New York Post: “When you go along with it as a rookie, the older guys, the veteran guys, they know you’re a good sport, a good team mate, when it comes time to get into battle, they know they have their back and you can go forward…I know when people say the word ‘hazing’-they think the worst. Its practical jokes, maybe that’s the definition of hazing. It’s almost like, ‘welcome to our team. We’re glad you’re here, but it’s a part of your apprenticeship, so to speak. We all went through it, now we get a chance to pull a couple of practical jokes on you young guys. Its does create bonding-and camaraderie.
Sports talk radio a form of bullying
Despite all of this, to be truthful, the same reporters, who are attempting to investigate this “alleged” bullying in the Incognito and Martin mystery, have become more bullish than Incognito in many ways.
Seriously, have you heard some of the venom spit for at least three hours a day to millions of loyal listeners on these sports talk shows and radio shows?
For instance, former NBA basketball Jalen Rose got in a heated-debate last year with ESPN’s 1st Take’s hosts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, who are notorious for calling players out of their names and being harshly critical of their performance on the court, which could be considered a form of verbal abuse in today’s politically correct society.
Bullying, or what they label as bullying, however, seems to be a part of the new culture of criticism or hating due to the advancement of the Internet, which allows anyone with a keypad to emotionally lash out against their favorite athletes and entertainers.
Hopefully, those who are a part of this journalistic click aren’t guilty of this.
But, if they, (myself included) are totally honest with themselves, they must admit that they also engage in a form of pulpit bullying themselves.
But, I, however, do feel he is getting a bad rap, because he is not the sole problem in a league full of knuckle heads, as Micheal Wilburn would say.
Plus, without knowing him, I can promise you, there have been worst cases of locker room bullying throughout the years of the NFL.
Now, everyone is trying to pick this dudes battered brain. As a result, he has landed on Fox Sports in a one-on-one interview with Jay Glazer, where he pled his case and denied being a racist.
And with this story still not fully over, I’m pretty sure he’ll end up on Dr.Phil’s couch, Oprah’s television show and cross the table from Brian Gumbel on Real Sports getting hazed in the process.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently 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 email@example.com