Tuesday, February 22, 2011
What is the difference between Carmello and Kunta?
Me personally I could give a good damn.
I like the Lakers.
Kobe is a beast man... A gatdamn Beast!!!
Anyways this is not I want to talk about...Well technically it is what I want to talk about; but in different light.
What is on my mind this morning Ladies and Gentlemen is the way Professional athletes...especially BLACK professional athletes... are referred to by the teams they are on and by the media.
These grown ass men are looked at as being property and assets instead of human beings. They are looked at as being commodities instead of people. They are sold and discarded like yesterday's newspaper whenever their "value" to their organizations diminish. In all this trade talk concerning Carmello; not once has he been referred to as a man. All the talk has been about what kind of "assets" the Nuggets will get to replace him.
Now I admit that these "superstars" are not worth the money they are being paid. Even my man Kobe, the beast that he is.
But with the insane amount of money that these guys are getting paid; for every dollar they are getting, their "owners" are getting five. The owners can trade and replace a "superstar" at will. Without even informing the player. Some of the players contracts deny them from riding a motorcycle, they cannot go to a park and participate in a simple pick up game with the local neighborhood cats. Their owners do not want anything to happen to their investments. And if something does happen the player is gone.
Now I understand contracts and business and money and investments and all that.
But these are people man. People.
These men are not property. They are not assets that can be gotten rid of a the drop of a dime.
They are not "commodities". Well in a sense I guess they are....but damn.
One thing I do have to add though...I have to give the "that's gangsta" award to Carmello.
He did what he wanted to do. He went where he wanted to go. And he did it on his time.
Owners be damned.