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 Ron 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?

What Is Your Cause?

Posted in 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Black Athlete, blogrolll, Chris Jackson, Craig Hodges, John Carlos, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Race and Sports, Starbury, Stephon Marbury, Tommie Smith on April 10th, 2008 by Ron Glover


Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

I was speaking to someone in regards to the political situation in China and how it may effect the Olympic Games this summer. From what I understand about the situation, Hillary Clinton has proposed that American athletes boycott the Games entirely. We also discussed the 1968 Mexico City Games, where Tommie Smith and John Carlos brought the atrocities of the Civil Rights Movement in America to a world stage giving us a lasting image in history.

From there I was asked, “What has happened to the social and politically conscious athlete? Why do today’s American athletes leave these things up to politicians, why is everyone afraid to take a stand?” Later that night I thought in terms of the Black Athlete and asked the same question.

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Throwback Thursday: K.C. Jones

Posted in blog roll, Blogroll, blogrolll, Boston Celtics, Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Finals, Race and Sports, race relations, Racism in Sports, racist on February 14th, 2008 by Ron Glover

(Getty Images Photo / Chip Somodevilla)

The sudden revival of basketball in the city of Boston has taken many of it’s fans back to the glory days -when their beloved Celtics were the class of the NBA. Personally, it takes me back to a time where I hated to see the Sixers’ arch rivals from the north coming, whether it was in mid-season or the playoffs. As my knowledge of sports has grown, so has my respect for the adversaries of my youth; Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish.  Respect for the Dallas Cowboys? That day is still afar off.

Celtics coach K.C. Jones was the driving force behind the Celtics last two title teams. In researching Jones’ career, I discovered that he was a groundbreaking player in college, and played an intergral role on eight Celtics’ title teams before winning two more as a coach. To my embarrassment I also discovered that I should have been more focused on the color and not the colors.

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Throwback Thursday: Doug Williams, Soul Survivor

Posted in Blogroll, quarterback controversy, race, race and quarterbacks, Race and Sports, race relations, Racial Divide, Racism in Sports, Washington Redskins on January 31st, 2008 by Ron Glover

The position of quarterback has been a microcosm of the Black struggle in America – a door supposedly “open to all” – except for us of a darker hue who continuously knock, kick and scream until an answer comes.

For eighty years, the Black man has fought tooth and nail to be in a position to lead a professional football franchise to glory. Many came before Doug Williams some may have even been better skilled. But looking back on the life of Douglas Lee Williams -none were better prepared.

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