A Note On My Carmelo Anthony’s Ali Quote Piece

Posted in Blogroll on September 26th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

In this business proper credit needs to be given when quoting reporting peers. Sometimes this isn’t the case. Here’s an example via Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyer in a blog post entitled Carmelo Anthony doesn’t understand ‘Muhammad Ali-type statements’ where he gives David Aldridge credit for the Anthony quote despite obvious print and video evidence Aldridge attributed the quote to me:

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Carmelo Anthony: “Athletes today are scared to make Muhammad Ali type statements.”

Posted in Blogroll on September 26th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

Doing what we do at The Starting Five, whether it’s editing, reporting or writing, there is one priority…to get it right. I know personally some athletes have become hesitant to speak out whenever some have something authentic to say because some fear an omnipresent backlash affecting their bottom line. This is simply absurd because athletes have unique perspectives on life just like anyone else.  Hypothetical but some of you will say something similar to the following: “Well athletes are representing something bigger or I don’t pay my hard earned money to hear an athlete speak on anything more than the game. They are just athletes and should just shut up and play ball. If I want to hear politics I’ll turn on C-Span or talk radio. Athletes should not bite the hands that feed them because they are making millions to simply play a kid’s game while I’m out here struggling working 4,080 hours a week just to be broke.”

Well maybe you should have picked up a basketball instead of a tire iron. Athletes are getting paid market value just like the owners who sign their checks or actors in Hollywood or musical artists in Detroit…and yes shock jocks on talk radio.  If they have something on their mind, why should they be afraid to speak? Think about the conversations you have and ask is there a filter for your words? Carmelo Anthony is one to say what is usually on his mind within reason and at the Battle of I-95 (Melo had 31 points and 17 rebounds in the Baltimore’s 131-122 loss to Team Philly), he took the opportunity to do just that.

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