Updated: July 22, 2016



 Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter



THREE African American quarterbacks (Kaepernick, Wilson,and Newton) led their teams to the National Football Conference Championship five years in a row, not only that they have been in four Super Bowls in a row. It does not matter to ESPN that this was an historical feat whither these young men won or lost. NOT A WORD

In 1978 the producers and directors of ESPN had a wonderful idea:  a twenty four hour-seven days a week  sports channel for people who loved sports. They broadcast sporting events most Americans may have never seen before like cricket, badminton, futbol-soccer, rugby, and various other indoor sports.
 In 1994 everything changed, The New York Knicks were playing the Houston Rockets for the NBA Championship. On the west coast police were in a slow speed chase down the Pacific Coast Highway following a Ford white Bronco. In the vehicle was Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson accused of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. A new niche was found and the public loved it: demonizing rich Black talented athletes.
 ESPN, which means the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, did not care what happened to the Black Athlete after their stories were aired. This is the legacy of ESPN, THE SPORTS NETWORK.  Just like Stephen A. Smith blasted Kevin Durant for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, the attack on Black football players continues in 2016.

 ESPN which means the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network did not care what happened to the Black Athlete. This is the legacy of ESPN, THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN SPORTS NETWORK.

 UPDATE 2016- The Rat continues running all over the place defaming and dehumanizing African American athletes. The last two Super Bowls are a clear example of ESPN fictional broadcasting.


 The Seattle Seahawks should have beaten the New England Patriots (ESPN’s favorite football team, with their favorite quarterback Tom Brady) three years ago. The Hawks were on the one yard line, first and ten, with three time outs and fifty eight seconds left. The Hawks had the best running back in the National Football League, Marshawn Lynch. Everybody on the planet thought Seattle would run the ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown and back to back championships. Instead the Hawks quarterback called a slant pass into the middle of the field for an interception.

The Sports Leader never questioned the Seattle coaching staff about the play but quickly blamed Russell Wilson for the mistake. ESPN has never liked African American quarterbacks and have made it known year after year.

The next year the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos and the network blasted another African American quarterback Cam Newton. Newton did not lose with style, did not lose properly. Question? How do you lose properly?  If a player of any sport loses with style or properly I’ll show you a loser.

 This was the fifth year in a row that a Black quarterback played in the Super Bowl but the Sports Leaders would never tell you that either because it would validate the fact that Black quarterbacks can lead any team to victory.


One has to wonder how African American Reporters can work for this network knowing its philosophy and its goals.

It is very sad to see the changes in television sports network programming and the way they currently report the sporting news; our specific reference is to ESPN. The administration cannot decide whether they want to be entertainment or sports news 

pacman_jones_2.jpgWe all know that provocative stories sell, sex catches our attention; a racially-tinged story sells; an ex-football player Adam “Pacman” Jones making it rain at a strip club sells. Oh — for those who don’t know what “making it rain” means, it’s throwing money at scantily clad women.

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michael_vick_4.jpg We all know that Michael Vick was arrested for organizing dog fighting on his property. It was sensationally reported by the Mouse. with the video were he walked up to the Federal Building. Which was repeated over and over and over again, just to make sure everybody knew he was being arrested. The murder-suicide report of quarterback Steve McNair was sensationalized by the Mouse. It was stated his alleged 20-year-old Iranian girlfriend may have been the killer. The network made it a point to tell America that McNair was still married.

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1. The reports of McNair’s blood alcohol count, had nothing to do with his death, it only further defamed McNair. He was another star Black quarterback from an (HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Alcorn State University.

2. All of these men are African Americans and were the lead stories on this network.

3. There is a constant drum beat coming from the studios of Bristol, Connecticut against African American athletes. For those who don’t know what The Mouse means, it’s ESPN, which is owned by the Walt Disney Corporation thus The Mouse, The Rodent, The  Rat, Rattus, and Murinae.

4. What is frightening is that this kind of reporting is o.k. Other local news networks are following suit mimicking the Sports Leader.

5.The drum beat is loud and clear. It has not changed in the past 30 years.

6. The Mouse is fulfilling its agenda on American airwaves by constantly attacking prominent African American athletes. This covert action is not fair, nor right. ESPN should be called on the carpet or sued by a Black Athlete.

7.  African Americans should follow the lead of LeBron James and not grant interviews to these reports. James did this three years ago and The Sports Leader immediately changed its tune because they could not be the first network to get the story. It hurt their product. When LeBron James went back to Cleveland ESPN did not get the first interview, they were on the outside looking in. That should have taught them a lesion but in 2016 it was business as usual.

8. Here is a challenge for you, for the next two weeks. Listen to the words of each broadcast on The Mouse (ESPN), and then make your own decision.

9. Listen to the way they describe white athletes and compare it to how they describe black athletes. Write down all of the positive images for whites and negative images toward Blacks, you may or may not be surprise but this is psychological warfare on Black culture and on Black males in particular.

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This has continued in 2016 with Black quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick-San Francisco 49ers, Cam Newton-Carolina Panthers, and Russell Wilson-Seattle Seahawks. Will the Sports Leader give honest reporting on Jameis Winston-Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Teddy Bridgewater-Minnesota Vikings in the 2016-17 season. I doubt it.

Americans now receive most of their sports information from this sports network. There is not an objective equivalent television sports network to rival, or compete with The Mouse.

ESPN has a monopoly in the Television sports industry even to the extent that their own ABC local stations only give the scores of their local teams. Now that is complete power and control by ESPN.

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CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports all have become ESPN Clones.

Undoubtedly there is a need for a web site similar to BASN Black Athlete Sports Network. Like the motto of Fox News “For Fair and Balance Reporting” (sic). Writers at ESPN would be unable to write articles and most news papers or magazines would not print them if they contradicted ESPN’s political agenda.

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In the past, race, and sports were not an issue. Sports fans could enjoy watching games without thinking about anything political or racial and it was fun. Well my fellow Americans, The Mouse has drastically changed that. That slow police chase of the infamous White Ford Bronco on the PCH Pacific Coast Hi-way proves the point.

Black fans have to be vigilant and challenge this network. Challenge the network and the internet web sites that follow ESPN’s political agenda.

Maybe its time for a national boycott which should include writing ESPN sponsors informing them, that we will no longer be purchasing their products. 

Now the stories are about steroids, contracts, conduct, and the way you look or what the Black athlete achieved or did not achieve after the game or after a season. Too much information, just too much information.

All that we want from this network is to just report on the score of the game and the strategies of the game, please.





Brett Favre, former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets, then the Minnesota Vikings, the 40-year-old Favre should have retired.

This was a non-story until The Mouse created a story praising him. When the Mouse airs a story on a white athlete it seldom reports negative comments.

Can you imagine what The Mouse would be saying if Brett Favre were African American? A Black Favre would be a self-centered egotistical player, A Black Favre would not be a team player, and a Black Favre would be aloof in the locker-room.

Actually Favre could have been called all of these things but you will never hear this from mouth of The Mouse of Bristol, Connecticut…

The Favre story just made many football fans frustrated. Come on now let’s be honest; would a professional football team want a 40-year-old quarterback black or white with a recurring shoulder injury, playing on artificial turf?

As John McEnroe would scream, “You cannot be serious”.

Yet Favre was the little darling of The Mouse. Most knowledgeable  football fans know that Tarvaris Jackson, the backup Black quarterback should have been the starter for the Minnesota Vikings that year. Two years later Jackson has regressed and then traded to the Seattle Seahawks thanks to Brett Favre.

Jackson could run faster, throw farther and was much stronger than Brett. Also, Jackson carried the team to the playoffs, while Brett Favre and the Jets stumbled into an early winter vacation.

ESPN would not touch the Johnny Football Manziel issue and its been three years. The question should be asked why?

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, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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