Jovan Belcher, Adam Lanza and the “Manhood Crisis” at the Heart of Recent Tragedies: The Jackson Katz interview, part II

Posted in Blogroll, Bob Costas, Kansas City Chiefs, KC Chiefs, NFL, Race and Sports, Race and Sports Culture, Racial Issues, rage, Roger Goodell on December 21st, 2012 by Christian Avard

Part II of my interview with activist/scholar Jackson Katz. Part I can be read here. – CA

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Kassandra Perkins with their three-month-old daughter Zoey (left) and Jovon Belcher (right)

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I wanted to ask you about the tragic deaths of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins earlier this month. What was your reaction when you heard about the murder-suicide?

Of course I was sad to hear about yet another domestic violence tragedy. They happen all the time, though most of the time it’s just a local story, people hear about it, shrug their shoulders, and move on to the next news event. But I thought there was something about this one that made it stand out, even beyond the obvious fact that it involved a high-profile professional athlete. No one could pretend it was just a “private matter,” since Belcher killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, which means it spilled over directly into the workplace. It must have been — still must be — very traumatic for the individuals involved, not to mention for a whole lot of other people who knew the couple, his teammates, Chiefs fans, etc. Because it was just so tragic, including the orphaning of a three-month old, I thought it might spark an increased commitment from the League to address the issue of men’s violence against women more proactively than in the past.

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Friday Fire: Who’s Under More Pressure To Win Sunday – Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick?

Posted in Donovan McNabb, Michael Turner, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles fans, Race and Michael Vick, race and quarterbacks, Race and Sports, Race and Sports Culture, Race in Sports on October 1st, 2010 by Ronald Glover

Sunday’s contest between the Philadelphia and Washington Redskins will answer many questions concerning both teams and both quarterbacks. For Donovan McNabb, it’s his first in Philadelphia as a visitor, how will handle the crowd and his emotions to do well. For Michael Vick, he’s in a game that the Eagles want to win because it is afterall the Redskins and it’s McNabb. But more importantly for Vick it’s another turn on Redemption Road. This week it’s a Redskins defense that employs the 3-4 scheme.

Who is facing the most pressure heading into Sunday?

My Note To Allen Iverson

Posted in 76ers, Allen Iverson, Black Athlete, Black Athletes, Blogroll, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 76ers, race and politics, Race and Sports Culture, Race in Sports, racism and sports on March 10th, 2010 by Ronald Glover

Why should I be concerned about Allen Iverson’s personal life spiraling out of control – after all we knew this was how it was going to end right? All the late night drinking and gambling slowly ate away at his game, his career and his marriage. I’ve got my own problems, Allen hopefully has several millions left to make it – several million more than myself. So why am I even concerning myself with A.I.?

Because even in his darkest hour, I won’t stop pulling for him.

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LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen VOGUE Cover Causes Racial Stir…And No One Understands Why???

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Gisele, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, O.J. Simpson, Race and Sports Culture, Race in Sports, Racial Issues, Ricky Williams, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Vogue on March 28th, 2008 by Ronald Glover

What the…
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This ain’t no coincidence. The enlistment pic was sent to me by a prominent writer soon after the issue hit the stands. It’s the same damn pic. The weapon of choice is different and Gisele isn’t topless, but you get the idea. Annie Leibovitz definitely has some explaining to do for this bullcrap–Mizzo

Once again a national publication has taken the liberty of pissing off the Black community. The April issue of VOGUE focuses on NBA superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and supermodel Gisele Bundchen, girlfriend of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The cover of the magazine draws comparison to the King Kong/Fay Wray pose – James is shown baring his teeth, clutching the waist of Bunchen with his shoulders hunched in a gorilla-like pose. This recent development opens the door for James, who is arguably the most popular player in the NBA to address this issue and others concerning race in sports and how Blacks – specifically how Black men are viewed.

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