The American Sports Dilemma and ESPN

Updated: July 10, 2013

By Gary Norris Gray

Updated: July 9, 2013 The American Sports Dilemma and ESPN

By:- Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

We are losing our way; Americans are lost and are being consumed by one subject, one sport, one individual, and one network.

This is happening every day in our country.

Leading the way is ESPN; a network has become that elephant in the room and its breaking all of the china in the house leaving pieces of broken glass, broken hearts, and broken dreams.

Sport’s has become the new opium of the masses. The new drug, the 24/7 sports network, is claiming millions each day.

Sport figures are amassing millions of dollars and are the new millionaires and celebrities of our times. Meanwhile the owners, amass billions, and at the same time hide in the brush not being noticed. They have gained mass followings by gathering thrones of sports fans, young and old individuals who devote themselves to sports daily. They are controlling people’s lives and it has become an epidemic.

Some American men cannot complete a day without knowing the scores of their favorite team or what their favorite player accomplishments. The question should be asked have these athletes and owners improved the lives of the average American? We all know that answer.

The Rat or so called Sports network profits from this new American addiction. ESPN has known this for years and uses their broadcast to expound their slanted opinionated thoughts. Remember a person on drugs does not care where or when they receive the drugs they just want it immediately. This four letter word network continues to spread dispersion on people of color without repercussions and receive billions doing it.

 African Americans and others soak it up without thinking without questioning. The World Wide Sports Leader spreads its political, social, and racial agenda without a challenge. This network has compounded the racial strife, and racial misconceptions, in the United States. The only place where whites and blacks could be together and on equal footing is being undermined by the Mighty Mouse (ESPN).


Question, what happened to the African American Press? where are the Black reporters and writers and lastly, where are the (NAACP) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and (CORE) Congress of Racial Equality? The silence is deafening. We are our Black leaders on this issue?

It is enough to say that sports are extremely important to all societies for the health and enjoyment of their people, for the congeniality of their citizenry, for national self- esteem, and for the very continuity of the nation. But it’s not healthy for a group of people that have great abilities to be criticized each day especially by this overzealous network.

Of course, in America, if something is worthwhile, it must have a monetary value. That is the way of our world. The Sports industry has taken the lead and The Mouse has taken it to the extreme by using these athletes for their own purpose and their own network fame.

Maybe it is time for a national Black boycott of this network and a national education program to get young African Americans to think of other interest of importance.

Maybe it is time for the Black athlete to deny interviews to this network. LeBron James stated weeks ago that he will not be speaking to three of ESPN’s finest. Maybe the drugs (sports) are beginning to wear off.

A sport has become such a powerful notion and has a poisonous effect on certain aspects of its people. Many young African Americans devote themselves to sports and abandoned the most import aspect of growing up and to developing into well rounded individuals who can think and behave as normal citizens of an integrated society. This should be a serious concern for the African American community.

Of course, there are many sport figures and celebrities who often exhibit these traits, good and bad but more need to be established. They demonstrate to the world that they have missed valuable lessons in life, like functioning as a respectable human being.

The recent episode in Eastern Massachusetts and the Aaron Hernandez alleged murder case of Mr. Lloyd has brought this to the forefront again. They have fame, and fans that have made them rich, they have forgotten the other more important matters in life besides being rich and playing a game.

The Rodent (ESPN) exploits these individuals and then states that this is what most athletes want to be. Whether it is true or not, it slants the view on the value of life and responsibilities. When will this sports network be honorable and be respectful to other human beings? The horse needs to be put back into the barn and America needs to start over again. We need to get back to basics, back to life, back to families, and back to reality; Sports cannot not be the panacea for the masses. Hard work is the answer and the question should be asked, are young African Americans up for this task?

 The RAT, The Rodent, The Mouse, a.k.a. ESPN finally called a truce on Sunday night, July 7th. They broadcasted a heartwarming story about two disabled black men who became brothers via their different disabilities. There were on a high school wrestling team in Cleveland, Ohio. Their combine wrestling record in their senior year was 27-7. With the help of their surrogate mother both young men graduated from an inner city high school where the level graduation of Black is very low. One brother with parcel sight went to the Para Olympics games in London in 2012 and the other brother, a double amputee came to London for a surprise visit, again with the help of their new mother.

These are the kind of stories The Sports Leader should be broadcasting. Maybe they (ESPN) are reading Black Athletes Sports Network.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Disabled Community Activist.

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  1. Diana Marks

    July 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I do not see how the alleged murder case of Mr. Lloyd by Mr. Hernandez has anything to do with ESPN. There is such a thing as personal responsibility. However, if you agree that they have been encouraging a certain culture which tends to allow, even glorify immoral, “bad boy” behavior which they then use to exploit the downfall of young African-American men, boycotting their sports programs would send a strong message that you don’t approve.

  2. Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

    July 13, 2013 at 11:48 am


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