WAR GAME$ – A BASN NEWSROOM BLACK PAPER
By Anthony McClean, Editor – in – Chief, Emeritus and Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – Chief
(Editor’s Note:The recent Supreme Court ruling on sports gambling has created a perfect storm of possibilities involving revenue streams, expansion and decrepit work conditions – especially in the National Football League.
Over the next few weeks, the BASN Newsroom Research Team will produce information which will reveal scenarios most likely to not appear on any so – called mainstream media byline; because it’s the truth…
To begin we must go through a door once thought to be slammed shut and locked – before facts disintegrated the bullshit forming at the base of that door…Colin Kaepernick vs. The NFL proving that you are not owed a job…)
NEW HAVEN CT, and PHILADELPHIA, PA (www,basnnewsroom.com) The narrative which spawned some of the most contemptible attacks on real journalism has to be reset to forward the efforts of honesty and integrity; and all of the sudden I feel like watching the Edward R. Murrow take down of Joseph McCarthy’s punk ass in the film “good night, and good luck.”
The scam, which became an attempt to discredit the Super Bowl LII Champion Philadelphia Eagles by the fascist fool foundering in the Flop House was ill-conceived from the start. Upon finding out only a handful of Eagle players and officials would attend, the spin room went to work, attempting to create chaos nationwide; and especially in a state once described by an advocate as being “Philadelphia in the East, Pittsburgh in the West – and Alabama in between.”
So how does Kaepernick’s actions fit into this as the new anthem policy is added to this noxious mix of faux patriotism?
On the BASN Newsroom sponsored Internet radio show, “Soul Tree Radio – in the Raw!” a special guest filled in some very necessary blanks…
Kaia Wright, Esq. is, by title, a lawyer and CEO of the website http://www.courage-under-fire.com and a 17 – year veteran of the Armed Forces. During the podcast, Wright revealed how fellow veteran Nate Boyer was guilty of information appropriation.
“As Boyer has gone out of his way to take credit for the knee gesture, it was Kaepernick’s teammate, safety Eric Reid, also coming from a military family, who first suggested the act of kneeling to show respect.
“This was significant because Boyer made this (switching from sitting to kneeling) the gist of his relevance per this particular issue.”
When asked if she knew that the armed services were paying the National Football League for the right to stage the pre-game ceremonies, she mentioned 2014 as the first year she became aware of it (The Black Athlete Sports Network first reported this in 2009). “More than that, it was their selective nature towards things; they were all about promotion.
“I can recall there was a football player who wanted to make a personal statement about breast cancer – the League fined him because it wasn’t under their terms.”
True that – then Pittsburgh Steelers tailback DeAngelo Williams was fined approximately $6,000 for wearing a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon and writing “we will find a cure” on his eye black.
Over the past few years, the League uses October as their month to highlight their efforts for cancer awareness; so fining Williams – in October – is very fucked up, indeed.
The most damning part of Wright’s column speaks in response to a USA Today column written by Boyer regarding his ‘efforts’ in l’affaire Kaepernick:
Finally, Boyer has employed a classic white American tactic of using Black American pain and suffering as a buoy for his own personal aggrandizement. Boyer has produced a short documentary for Sundance Now called Take a Knee (which he plugs at the end of the USA Today article), and is featured in a short film produced by National Football League Films about the national anthem protests.
Thus, Boyer, a white man, has used the courageous, historic, and powerful protest of Kaepernick and the myriad of others who are almost entirely Black—protests which are a direct response to racism against Blacks in America—for his own personal gain.
This is so despite the contestable nature of his doubtful influence on Kaepernick’s decision to kneel which he touts in Take a Knee and the NFL film; the fact that there is no evidence that Boyer has himself participated in a single national anthem protest; and his callous and exploitative tweet reflecting his contempt for the protests.
As an aside, Boyer’s entry into this entire national anthem discussion is quite curious to begin with. According to Boyer, the Army Times reached out to him to provide an article on Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
On the surface, putting aside the argument that the national anthem ≠ veteran, it appears to make sense to obtain the perspective of someone who was both a U.S. Army veteran and an NFL player, a unique combination. Except for one minor detail—Boyer did not actually play in a single regular season NFL game, having been cut after one appearance, during a pre-season game with the Seattle Seahawks.
In contrast, Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is entering his third year in the NFL, is an Army veteran, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a U.S. Army Ranger who was a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment and served multiple tours in Afghanistan. Curious indeed.
It has been stated by this writer several times on this site: If the NFL was all about being patriotic, why the FUCK are they charging taxpayers via the armed forces for these pre-game presentations? You show commercials for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines every Sunday and every other Game Day – so why not consider it a quid pro quo for the fact you got away with paying no taxes for years due to your 501 (c) (6) status, making the League a not-for-profit entity – and do the promotions for free?
Next Time: The military’s hands aren’t all that clean, either…
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