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In a week the highly anticipated NBA season will begin but not without controversy following it. Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted out his support for Hong Kong protesters. Right now there are 1 Million Muslims being held in prison camps and protesters are also losing their lives as well. These protesters are protesting China's unfair sovereignty. Morey’s tweet led to a broken relationship with the NBA and China as China removed merchandise from stores and stopped games being televised. It's important to know that China is the NBA’s biggest cash cow partnership, with the NBA making $500 million yearly from China. This leads us to Lebron James the spokesperson for the League and a known social activist who gave us his opinion on the situation. Lebron James shocked the world with his response saying “ Morey wasn't educated on the situation and people could have been harmed financially, physically, and spiritually.” Bron also went on to say that not everybody's issue is everyone's concern. There are also reports that James went as far as to convince Adam Silver to fire Morey for his statements. Ladies and gentlemen Lebron James had 9 days to do his research on this situation and get it right and he clearly missed the mark on his comments. You cannot tell somebody that he is uneducated on a situation and then give an uneducated response. I only agree with Lebron about the timing of Morey’s tweet in which he could have put the players currently in China in danger. It's important to mention that Lebron has huge money ties with China and speaking out can possibly cost him a lot of it. James also has a Space Jam 2 movie coming out which can be an international success and bring in lots of Benjamin's. I guess it's all about the Benjamin’s, huh ? It’s evident that Lebron James and the NBA is selling out to china. I respect Lebron James prior political work like speaking out against Trump in which a news reporter told him to “Shut up and dribble”. I respect Lebron James for being an important reason why the “Fair play to Pay act” was passed. I respect Lebron James building the I Promise School in Cleveland sending kids to school for free. I respect Lebron for being more vocal about social issues than Micheal Jordan has been and will ever be. However, Lebron can never be in the same sentence as Muhammad Ali who went to jail for five years in his political protest. Lebron can't even be in the same sentence as Colin Kaepernick who lost his job for kneeling during the anthem protesting against police brutality. It's one thing to give back to people and help people get an education when the money is convenient to do so. It's a totally different stratosphere to take an important political stance that can fracture relationships and potential money coming in. Maybe you should think about all the protesters who are fans of you and support you. People like Steve Kerr and Popovich who are normally vocal about social issues declined to speak on this situation. Maybe it was best for you Lebron to not speak on this situation at all. The way how people look at Lebron going forward may be crippled in the one case where he should have just shut up and dribbled.

Ladies and Gentlemen a topic that has been buzzing lately is the talk of black superstar athletes attending HBCUs. This became a topic of discussion after Chris broussard brought that to light following the announcement of the “Rich Paul Rule.” The “Rich Paul Rule” targeted Rich Paul an African American sports agent who didn’t possess a bachelor’s degree. Chris Broussard highlighted that Black athletes should take their talents and resources to HBCUs instead of playing for the same southern schools who profit from our labor. Jemele Hill also followed up in first article with The Atlantic by writing that mostly white schools’ multibillion-dollar revenues have been built on the “exertions of (uncompensated) black athletes,” claiming that an elite black athlete attending an HBCU raises awareness of the institution, whose endowments combined are less than a tenth of Harvard’s. The NCAA reported revenues of more than $1 billion in 2017 and these revenues were made mainly because of college athletes. What will it mean if Black athletes attended HBCU’s? If Black athletes attended HBCUs that will drive the revenue way up and help these schools financially. This will also lead to better local communities and facilities. Also more employment for people of color who are at the bottom of the crop. Lots of people are calling this idea racist and pro-segregationist however, if you look at the history of America, segregation has always been a theme. I believe that after Jim Crow if we so please to take our resources and invest in our own community we should be able to do that without controversy. However, if all star black athletes went to HBCUs then it will feel like segregation and that’s why I’m calling for most star athletes to go not all . I like when Blacks can play with Whites and form a bond that can stop stereotypes that may have been formed before. I always say sports is what supposed to bring people from all walks of life together. All these things sound good but Black athletes genuinely don’t feel safe at PWIs and have to deal with racism just like the average black student. At HBCUs black athletes will feel more appreciated and safe on the campus. I’m not here to promote segregation, I’m not calling for all black athletes to leave white colleges, but I am on the bandwagon for lots of Black athletes to start attending HBCUs. This way Student athletes will have the choice of attending an HBCU or a PWI (Predominantly White College).with equal opportunities for future success. Calling for African Americans to rebuild their own communities is not racism. Every race here in America builds up their own communities the Whites , the Jews , the Chinese , so why can’t African Americans do that for a change ? Why is it that the people that once wanted us separated all of a sudden don’t want us to move on with our resources? When you give people a dose of their own medicine you suddenly get called the virus. Yes, I do believe Jemele Hill could have worded things a bit differently , but I do believe she is being targeted by the media because of her outspoken thoughts on social issues. Ladies and Gentlemen I’m calling for the HBCU to be the new big U.

Ladies and gentlemen as you all know this week Jay-z announced his Roc Nation partnership with the NFL. In this deal Jay Z will help directly shape the NFL’s social-justice program and oversee much of the leagues entertainment. I’m completely on the fence with this move as I believe that this is a wait and see type of situation. However i’m going to display the facts on the table so you my friends can hopefully come up with your own assumptions. Last year Jay Z said no to the Superbowl halftime show saying “ You need me , I don’t need you” in his protest for Kaepernick. Maybe billionaires have a different language by squashing their beef with a simple business collaboration. Roger Goodell is the most hated man in sports and Jay Z is seen smiling and giggling with this guy like a hyena. I find it hard to believe that a league whose interest is in the capital dollar over minorities well-being, will suddenly become a social- justice reform league. Most of these owners are busy hosting fundraisers for Trump’s re-election (Stephen Ross) or busy telling their players if you kneel you will be bench (Jerry Jones). If there’s a deal that was made I would of expected Kaepernick to be at such meeting or maybe he just missed his flight. I do think we need better halftime shows for sure as last year I found myself typing a college paper during the show. Kaepernick definitely partnered with the NFL when he took that $10M check to stay in silence with his hopes of being back in uniform. Eric Reid made the ultimate partnership after he was Kap’s right hand man in protest and found himself back in an NFL uniform. We minority viewers are partnering with the NFL with ratings for our own entertainment, so can we really be mad at a businessman adding to his billionaire status? Jay Z however, has a proven track record of social-justice work. The Rapper was an executive producer on “The Kalief Browder Story “ which had to do with another black boy falsely accused and subjected to the messed up prison system here in America. Maybe this partnership can lead to an alternative route to have our first Black owner in the NFL. Kaepernick’s chances of reinstatement increases from where it was yesterday but then what was the point of kneeling in the first place. I personally feel us looking to Hov to be God and make massive changes to an already stubborn league is setting up lots of people for disappointment. So is this a sellout or another classic business move ? Guess we must be patient to give a legit answer.

Ladies and Gentlemen just like the new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Once Upon a Time in the NBA was a superstar known as Carmelo Anthony. Caremlo Anthony this present day remains unsigned. Carmelo Anthony was no doubt once a great / elite player in the NBA. The Syracuse university sensation seemed to be one of the great iso players in his time playing in the NBA and averaging 20 ppg basically his entire career except for his last two years. Olympic Melo was a great Melo as he out shined most of his Team USA counterparts. However, there’s a saying “Nothing lasts forever”, and Melo’s game wasn’t translating into the NBA anymore. If Melo wanted to sustain longevity in the game he would have to alter his game but Melo refused. Shortly after being traded to the Thunder, he was asked to change his role and come off the bench. When this was brought up at a press conference Melo said “who me “ while laughing continuously then saying “ Aye P they say I gotta come off the bench “ in a joking matter. Well Melo was right he wasn’t coming off the bench because he’s now watching the league from home. Maybe Melo looked at players currently playing in the NBA like Lebron and thought he can still compete at a high level. Sometimes it’s just good to stay in your lane and focus on what you need to do to help your teammates win. Chauncey Billups (Melo’s former teammate) recently said that scoring 30 meant too much too Melo. Billups went on to say he’s hasn’t taken the approach to say maybe i’ll come in and play against the backups. Melo’s trainer Chris Brickley went on “The Breakfast Club” advocating for a farewell year for him. My question here is why should teams go out of their way to give Anthony a farewell tour when he didn’t want to go out his way to come off the bench. You know why D’Wade and Nowitzki were able to have a farewell tour? They came off the bench to help their respective teams win. Injury prone D – Rose is still in the league today because he came off the bench in which he dropped 50 points in a game giving him another opportunity on the Pistons. Vince Carter came off the bench to be the veteran leader to help his team win. If Melo did that when he had the chance he would be having a farewell tour. Reports are now saying Melo could wind up signing a 1-day contract to retire with the Knicks. Wow life really changes that quick huh. Lemme get this straight I am happy Melo played for the Knicks because he brought relevance back to the city while bringing the Knicks to the playoffs. I do believe Melo was scapegoated for the Rockets issues as one anonymous Rockets source stated today. Stephen A. Smith did an interview today on First Take with Melo , Melo said he never asked for a farewell tour but rather his skills is why he should be on at least one 15 man roster. Melo stated that he is willing to come off the bench if need be to help a team win but will it be too late for that? Having talent is great but being humble can get you a farewell tour.

Sad news in the boxing world this week as we lost the great pound for pound king Pernell Whitaker, who died Sunday night after being struck by a car in Virginia. This brother was an absolute defensive wizard and will go down as the best defensive fighter in the history of the sport. Sweet Pea’s defense was sweeter than ice tea. This brother was the matrix himself in the ring, dodging everything that came his way with no invite. Not only was Sweet Pea a great defensive fighter but he was a southpaw who had lots of offensive speed. As a boxing fan I understand the importance of defense but at the same time it’s boxing not dodgeball. Sweet Pea delivered a display of both showing he can win both ways. It was a few losses that sent Whitaker’s Career to the left and his life as well, with him battling alcohol addiction. Sadly, a few of his losses came against Julio Cesar Chavez and Jose Luis Ramirez which were straight up robberies with no gun. Even the Oscar De La Hoya fight ended in a controversial loss as Oscar De la Hoya had trouble coping with Sweet Peas defense. After Whitaker’s passing De La hoya tweeted “ Pernell Whitaker was the best fighter I ever fought”. This is extremely high praise from someone who has fought the likes of Pacquiao, Trinidad, Mosley, Mayweather, Hopkins, etc. When the talk about the great boxers of all time comes up you don’t hear anything about Whitaker. Hopefully now after his death and with the age of technology, people will re-evaluate their list. To one of the greatest boxers of all time may you Rest In Peace.