Having been born and raised in Philadelphia, I sometimes forget that the City is in Pennsylvania. Well, not really. But I do sometimes forget about the majority of the population of the state, as I’m sure most people who live in the city do from time to time. Philadelphia is a predominantly black, latino, and white city that is located in a predominantly white state. Philadelphia is a mostly Democratic city, that happens to be located in a mostly Republican state. A large portion of Pennsylvania’s residents are not liberal white folks, or even the type of white folks who believe in equality. When you get out there in those mountains and surrounding suburban areas, you have a huge red-neck, “this is our Country, everybody bow down to us or leave” population. That’s probably the reason that a huge amount of prisons in Pennsylvania are located in those areas, and staffed by mostly those type of local folks. Taking this into consideration, you would think that a story like this one wouldn’t surprise me anymore, but ….it still does.
Cecil Township Fire Chief Paul Smith took to Facebook to voice his displeasure after the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in the locker room during the singing of the National Anthem on Sunday before their game against the Chicago Bears. Smith wrote on his Facebook page:
“Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good n*ggers.” Smith backed up his statement posting “Yes, I said it.”
Afterward, (most likely when it was revealed that his job and livelihood were in jeopardy) Smith apologized(?) and blamed the media for the whole thing.
“I regret what I said deeply and I am not the racist the media portrays me as.” Smith said in a prepared statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Smith also added “What I said was wrong and posted in anger.”
A few things: Number -1, Smith said what he meant and meant what he said. Clearly. As confirmed by his words after the statement “yeah, I said it.” Number -2 If there was no backlash, including jeopardizing his livelihood, the likeliness that Smith would’ve apologized is little to none. Number-3 This is not the first and only time Smith has referred to a black person as a n*gger. That much is confirmed by his post “added to my list.” Number – 4, and this is the one I really take issue with. Smith is a public servant. A public servant whose job description may make him responsible for a life. Would Smith be willing to put his life on the line for one of those n*ggers on his list? That is part of being a fire fighter right? Putting your life on the line to save someone in danger. Kind of makes you wonder how many Paul Smith’s out there are employed as police officers, judges, EMT’s, doctors etc. etc. etc. All who have your life in their hands at any given moment.
Smith submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning. Not before criticizing his own actions and releasing another apology(?):
“I am embarrassed at this. I want to apologize. I was frustrated and angry at the Steelers not standing for the Anthem. My Fire Department had absolutely nothing to do with this. I am deeply regretful at what I posted.”
Ay yes, the good ol’ racism because of Patriotism excuse. Therefore, everything should be forgiven and forgotten. I’ve heard that one many times, spoken in the exact same way. I wonder if this strategy is in the “white privilege” handbook?
Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea took it upon himself to personally lend aid to Puerto Rico’s residents in the aftermath of the storm. The point guard who’s usually dishing out assist, received one this time. From Billionaire, and Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban. Cuban lent Barea the team’s private jet in an effort to assist in transporting supplies to the Island and U.S. territory. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle excused Barea from the team’s first practice of training camp so the point guard could partake in the humanitarian effort. Barea flew to Puerto Rico on Monday evening, when travel to the island was permissible. Coach Carlisle said Barea would be back in the US by Tuesday night and he was expected to be back at the Mavs training facility for practice on Wednesday morning. Barea raised nearly $150,000 in aid for Puerto Rico. He packed the Mavs plane with water, generators, food, and other badly needed supplies. Huge portions of the Island are still without power and clean water. On Rachel Maddow’s show last night, San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said “FEMA has boots on the ground and willing aid workers here, but their relief efforts are being blocked by officials who claim to be working on a relief plan.” She called the situation “frustrating.” Barea spoke to an MSNBC reporter when he landed in San Juan saying:
“Nothing in the world was going to stop me from being here. This is my home, everything to me. Puerto Rico has given me everything in life. For me to have the contacts and good friends in Dallas and Marc Cuban gave the team plane and we’re trying to bring another one if it all goes good.”
Barea is expected to bring his mother and grandmother back to the United States when he returns. He says he has not spoken to either since the storm hit the Island.
Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino told members of his coaching staff in a meeting this morning that he expects to be fired as soon as today. This comes on the heels of multiple arrest yesterday in a wide-ranging federal investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting.
The FBI probe focused on coaches being paid tens of thousands of dollars to point recruits in the direction of sports agents, financial advisers, and apparel companies, including Adidas. Pitino claimed no knowledge of the scandal, but the FEDS announced yesterday that the probe was wide ranging. Yesterday the FEDS arrested and announced corruption charges against four assistant coaches: Auburn’s Chuck Person, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson, and USC’s Tony Bland. The FEDS hinted that there was a school in Kentucky in their sights, but didn’t specifically mention Louisville by name. Federal prosecutors also said that they have wiretaps, plants, and other sources of information. The Louisville men’s basketball team is currently on probation and Pitino is facing suspension stemming from a sex scandal investigation.
Just days after Dwayne Wade and the Chicago Bulls agreed to a buyout, Wade has reportedly signed a one year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavs. Wade will rejoin his friend, and former Miami Heat teammate Lebron James down in Cleveland. The 35 year old Wade will also share the court with newly signed Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, also Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, and Kevin Love. The Cavs look pretty good on paper. How that transfers to the court could be a whole other thing. With three new pieces to the puzzle, it will surely take the Cavs a little time before the chemistry takes form. Who will have the ball in their hands to take the final shot with the clock running down? Who will be willing to sacrifice being the star player on the team, and possibly playing time, for the sake of the team’s chemistry? That’s if it needs to come to that. Would Wade be willing to come off of the bench and lead the second unit, or will that be JR Smith’s new role? Don’t forget. The Miami Heat did not win the championship the first year they put the super team of Wade, Bosh, and Lebron James together. If my memory serves me correctly, they lost a lot of games they should’ve won that year around the time that they were still trying to figure out what the chemistry of the team was. Maybe this will be different. Maybe these players will mesh and gel right away. I don’t know. The one thing I do know is, whatever this team is going to do, it has to do it now. I doubt if you will see these same players back with the Cavs next season. Isiah-maybe, Love-50/50, Thompson-maybe, Smith-50/50, Wade & James-highly doubt it.
Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller’s protesting police brutality by taking a knee before Sunday’s game may have cost him an endorsement deal. Phil Long Ford in Denver said that it would not be continuing it’s sponsorship agreement with Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP and enormously popular athlete in the Denver area. A spokesman for the car dealer said that they weren’t firing Miller, but they were in a contract renewal negotiation and Miller kneeling for the anthem caused them to cut that off. Von Miller’s popularity swelled after the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 and Miller took home the MVP. Miller took full advantage of the opportunities that were presented to him, from being a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars”, to pretty much becoming the face of Old Spice. Von Miller may lose this endorsement with the local dealership, but I doubt that Miller’s pockets will take that much of a hit for it. I actually think that the dealership losing a populat star athlete like Miller as a representing face of the brand, will hurt them more than it will hurt Miller. Only time……and sales will tell.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Khloe Kardashian is pregnant. The father of the child is reportedly Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson. The two have been dating for about a year. An unnamed source and close friend of Khloe’s said that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is about three months pregnant. This news comes on the heels of news that little sister Kylie is pregnant with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott’s child. Sister Kim is also expecting her third child. This time around, by a surrogate. Tristan Thompson has a 9 year old son, Prince, with ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig.