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Jason Whitlock Is A Sad Sack Of Crap Who Needs To Kill Himself

If you're not familiar with ESPN's resident Uncle Tom, Jason "Uncle Ruckus" Whitlock (as I like to call him), let me brief you for a minute. He's a sports commentator that has bounced in between ESPN and Fox Sports who does what most commentators do- talk about sports and athletes. Except with this human manifestation of Dr. Robotnik, he seems to have a knack for turning a lot of issues racial, and not in a good way. He always rushes to criticize, demean, and out right lie on black athletes in most cases for simply taking a stand on very relevant and timely social issues.

He's criticized Serena Williams for, get this...being "fat" and insinuated she's a slacker because her "natural ability" allows her to dominate the game of tennis, but she could be "so much more". As if she's not already thoroughly kicking the behinds every opponent she comes across, including the ones who are doping to gain an edge over her. He's criticized Colin Kaepernick for his recent stance against police shooting unarmed blacks by referring to him as "Martin Luther Cornrow" and suggested Kaepernick's political awareness was a insincere act since he was also online working on his abs and connecting with IG models. As if a person cannot like young pretty women, care for their personal appearance (Whitlock clearly doesn't care about his), and be socially awake at the same time. And he was the first to run to the defense of Kristine Leahy against that mean ole' Lavar Ball when they had their dust up on TV.

And now, Jason Whitlock has really shown himself to be a self-hating, boot-licking, Uncle Tom-ing, unaware, un-woke house nigga. Recently, in the wake of NBA superstar Lebron James' Los Angeles home being vandalized during a hate crime and having "Nigger" spray painted on the side of it, Whitlock came out and claimed that James "played the victim role" simply because he issued a public statement about the incident, and that because he's rich, this act didn't count as an act of racism. He said that this was all a big "inconvenience" for James because he has enough money to just have the word removed in a hurry. He said that racism only effects "poor black people" and because no one's kids were denied access to a school or no one was denied access to live in a certain neighborhood, this episode at James' home could basically be chalked up as random act of tomfoolery in so many words. He completely ignored the psychological and emotional damage this incident could've had on James or on any one of his family members. He ignored the fact that the media was already talking about this story even before Lebron James chose to issue an official statement.  He even brought up how rich people like Oprah don't have to deal with racism, allegedly, because they have so much money, as if racists see black folks' green before they see their black.

I watched the video of Jason Whitlock doubling down on his comments as fellow sports analyst Chris Broussard had his turn playing the role of the lightest-skin-brother-in-the-room-who's-woke-but-nobody-wants-to-listen-to-him-cause-he-light-skinned-and-likely-trying-to-prove-something, and Broussard seemed honestly flabbergasted and confused by Whitlock's assertions.

Jason Whitlock is one of the worst kinds of Negroes. He criticizes and demoralizes those who take a stand on racial and social issues for the flimsiest reasons. He believes money is the answer to black people ultimately overcoming. And he seems to think that as long as we as black people aren't literally being sold as property on an auction block and being lynched en masse, that we're somehow not experiencing real racism. He pushes the idea that all micro-aggressions we experience are just a natural facet of life that us uppity negroes need to get over. He's nothing but a paid mouth piece for racist (or at the very least, racially insensitive) white people to say what they know they can't say to black people under the disguise of "keeping it real", "straight talk", and telling fellow black people "what they need to hear". People like Jason Whitlock do just as much harm as outsiders who keep us marginalized, segregated, and cut-off from opportunities, equality, and social justice. He's the nigga that conservatives can point at and go "See, that guy gets it. Why can't the rest of you people be like him?!" And the worst part is that I think he knows it. He has to. But I believe he's so consumed in his own self-loathing to even care. He looks lonely. He looks like he has no friends. He looks like he's one Big Mac away from his organs quitting on him under the weight of supporting and keeping his sad, fat behind alive day after day. And now I'm kind of wishing his obvious snack fetish would cause him to blow up one day like that one guy from Big Trouble In Little China, and put him out of his misery and save us a lot of headaches.

Can We Talk Honestly About The Latest Incident With Lavar Ball & Kristine Leahy?

Let me first of all state that I think both Lavar Ball  and  Kristine Leahy from FS1 suck in their own special ways. This ain't about picking sides, this is about the tangled web that's weaved by the irresponsible media, the flamboyant and undeserving personalities that same media fawns over, & the public who have knee jerk reactions and pick sides between the two for the flimsiest of reasons.  That being said, the latest incident (the Kyrie Irving incident is unfolding as I type this) with Lavar Ball going on the Colin Cowherd sports show and firing back at co-host Kristine Leahy for her criticisms of his parenting, ZO2 shoes, and overall Lavar-ness, illustrates more than ever why this guy needs to go away. If you haven't been paying attention, I'll summarize: Lavar refused to talk to or even physically face Leahy, dismissed her as a hater, stated his Big Baller Brand isn't for women, & depending on how you interpreted it, issued a threat to Leahy as well. He reacted to her criticisms the way most bullies do. He couldn't figuratively or  literally  face the music.  I've commented on Lavar Ball in the past and how I find him to be nothing but a brash, ignorant, greedy blowhard who's making black fathers look bad, but I ignored the likely outcome that people of his ilk often see: they eventually screw up, say the wrong thing to the wrong person, burn one too many bridges, and next thing they know their run is over and they get dropped by the same people who raised them such famous heights (this outcome has also been predicted for our current president). I kind of knew in the back of my head that this dude was gonna get his eventual, what the legendary Paul Mooney calls, his "nigga wake-up call". In other words, he will experience a moment where's he's reminded of his place as a black man in white America. They'll keep putting those cameras on you to document your tomfoolery and get ratings, but as soon as you forget your "place" and step on the wrong toes, you  will  get reminded of what they really think of you.  I'm also tired of our people defending this clown with the same old "he's a black father who's in his sons' lives!!" statement. Just because a black man is a present father, doesn't mean he's a  good  father. Sure, statistically the majority of black children do not grow up in a home with their biological dad, but that doesn't mean we should give this dude all the wiggle room and excuses in the world just because he chose to stick it out with his white wife. I have no issues with interracial dating, but I point that fact out to say Lavar's situation is different from the majority of the black community and thus he should not be touted as some sort of example for black men who walk out on the  black  women who bear their children. Lavar's agenda is clear. He's pushed (and will keep pushing) his sons on the world and toward lucrative careers in the NBA and will do so in the way that grabs the most attention. That doesn't make him a good father though. Simply "being there" or being present, does not make you a good father. No more than the ratchet mothers I see in Walmart cursing out their 2 year old are good mothers simply because they're there.   As for the reactions from this Leahy incident, she has claimed she's received death threats from the fall out of this incident, but I think she'll be alright at the end of day. She's a young, white, attractive, blonde who can discuss sports intelligently, so she'll always be able to bounce back and have a decent career. Lavar, however, is a different story. The mainstream American media is way less forgiving of black men who speak their mind. But let me say: Lavar, this criticism is what you've asked for once you make the decision to jump in front of those cameras every chance you get. People (who are paid to do so) are going to question your business acumen, your sons' talent, and yes... even your parenting. You signed up for this. But I think he'll bounce back from this and hopefully learn to be more discerning in his words and actions, but I fear the damage he's doing to the image of black fathers might not be so easily repaired.  As for Leahy calling for other sports networks to ban Lavar Ball from appearing on their shows, its clear it is just sour grapes. Like my wife once told me "when people show you who they are, believe them." Homie has been disrespectful of current NBA players, retired NBA players, players' children, other sports commentators, & even his son's college teammates.  What made you think he wasn't eventually going to get around to disrespecting you??!!!??!  But, its all good as long as he's doing it to others and getting you ratings, right?!  And to my fellow black people getting behind this dude just because he's present in his sons' lives (albeit, in a very domineering way) and black man who's not scared to voice a strong unpopular opinion, he ain't Muhammad Ali. He's not speaking out against the evils of racism, encouraging knowledge of self or higher spirituality, or calling attention to any of numerous injustices that take are taking place today. He's just out for a dollar.       

Let me first of all state that I think both Lavar Ball and Kristine Leahy from FS1 suck in their own special ways. This ain't about picking sides, this is about the tangled web that's weaved by the irresponsible media, the flamboyant and undeserving personalities that same media fawns over, & the public who have knee jerk reactions and pick sides between the two for the flimsiest of reasons.

That being said, the latest incident (the Kyrie Irving incident is unfolding as I type this) with Lavar Ball going on the Colin Cowherd sports show and firing back at co-host Kristine Leahy for her criticisms of his parenting, ZO2 shoes, and overall Lavar-ness, illustrates more than ever why this guy needs to go away. If you haven't been paying attention, I'll summarize: Lavar refused to talk to or even physically face Leahy, dismissed her as a hater, stated his Big Baller Brand isn't for women, & depending on how you interpreted it, issued a threat to Leahy as well. He reacted to her criticisms the way most bullies do. He couldn't figuratively or literally face the music.

I've commented on Lavar Ball in the past and how I find him to be nothing but a brash, ignorant, greedy blowhard who's making black fathers look bad, but I ignored the likely outcome that people of his ilk often see: they eventually screw up, say the wrong thing to the wrong person, burn one too many bridges, and next thing they know their run is over and they get dropped by the same people who raised them such famous heights (this outcome has also been predicted for our current president). I kind of knew in the back of my head that this dude was gonna get his eventual, what the legendary Paul Mooney calls, his "nigga wake-up call". In other words, he will experience a moment where's he's reminded of his place as a black man in white America. They'll keep putting those cameras on you to document your tomfoolery and get ratings, but as soon as you forget your "place" and step on the wrong toes, you will get reminded of what they really think of you.

I'm also tired of our people defending this clown with the same old "he's a black father who's in his sons' lives!!" statement. Just because a black man is a present father, doesn't mean he's a good father. Sure, statistically the majority of black children do not grow up in a home with their biological dad, but that doesn't mean we should give this dude all the wiggle room and excuses in the world just because he chose to stick it out with his white wife. I have no issues with interracial dating, but I point that fact out to say Lavar's situation is different from the majority of the black community and thus he should not be touted as some sort of example for black men who walk out on the black women who bear their children. Lavar's agenda is clear. He's pushed (and will keep pushing) his sons on the world and toward lucrative careers in the NBA and will do so in the way that grabs the most attention. That doesn't make him a good father though. Simply "being there" or being present, does not make you a good father. No more than the ratchet mothers I see in Walmart cursing out their 2 year old are good mothers simply because they're there. 

As for the reactions from this Leahy incident, she has claimed she's received death threats from the fall out of this incident, but I think she'll be alright at the end of day. She's a young, white, attractive, blonde who can discuss sports intelligently, so she'll always be able to bounce back and have a decent career. Lavar, however, is a different story. The mainstream American media is way less forgiving of black men who speak their mind. But let me say: Lavar, this criticism is what you've asked for once you make the decision to jump in front of those cameras every chance you get. People (who are paid to do so) are going to question your business acumen, your sons' talent, and yes... even your parenting. You signed up for this. But I think he'll bounce back from this and hopefully learn to be more discerning in his words and actions, but I fear the damage he's doing to the image of black fathers might not be so easily repaired.

As for Leahy calling for other sports networks to ban Lavar Ball from appearing on their shows, its clear it is just sour grapes. Like my wife once told me "when people show you who they are, believe them." Homie has been disrespectful of current NBA players, retired NBA players, players' children, other sports commentators, & even his son's college teammates. What made you think he wasn't eventually going to get around to disrespecting you??!!!??! But, its all good as long as he's doing it to others and getting you ratings, right?!

And to my fellow black people getting behind this dude just because he's present in his sons' lives (albeit, in a very domineering way) and black man who's not scared to voice a strong unpopular opinion, he ain't Muhammad Ali. He's not speaking out against the evils of racism, encouraging knowledge of self or higher spirituality, or calling attention to any of numerous injustices that take are taking place today. He's just out for a dollar. 

    

I Really Hate Lavar Ball

When the father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball by the name of Lavar Ball surfaced, I really didn't pay him too much mind and didn't see what all the hate and derision was about. He was a black father who's been involved in his kids' lives (maybe a little too involved, but involved nonetheless) who was extremely proud of what his sons have accomplished (albeit, not much) and very confident in what his sons will accomplish in the future. No harm, no foul, right? I mean we live in an age where schmucks are famous and celebrated for nothing  but  being rich, so who's this guy really hurting?!      But, after a few weeks of watching Lavar Ball's behavior, and most recently the "release" of the prototype of his son's sneaker which came with a five hundred dollar price tag, I have to say- I'm really starting to hate this clown. When asked on a radio show to explain the steep price of the shoes, he only said "That's what I felt they are worth." I was expecting him to reveal that there was some sort of space age technology built into the shoe to help athletes perform better, or at least some powder cocaine tucked away in a zip pocket of the shoe to help you  think  you could run faster and jump higher...but nope, just a "I wanna rack up!" explanation. But, if you ain't "baller" enough to afford these unimpressive, don't-even-have-ankle-support, rip offs, you can buy a pair of the even more unimpressive Big Baller Brand flip flops for just $220!!! SMH.   Never mind the fact his son hasn't even been drafted into the NBA yet to play a single game and didn't even make it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, his middle son isn't even that good, & his youngest son is still in high school.... he's gonna charge over  triple  the amount of the shoes that carry the name of the best basketball player to ever step on the court, who actually has  rings,  and a solidified legacy!!!!!   This isn't about being a proud father. This is not about his sons and securing their future. This is about greed. This is about celebrity. And above all, this is about  him . And it kind of always has been about him. From him going on various sports shows to promote his Big Baller Brand, to him claiming he would slay Micheal Jordan in a one-on-one game, to him claiming his sons are way better than the current crop of NBA all stars, to blaming UCLA's loss on the white players... its all about getting himself attention and in front of the cameras. He's even revealed that he's aiming to land himself his own reality show.   This clown is bad is for basketball, bad for his sons' potential careers, and bad for the public image of black fathers. Its great that his his sons are likely not going to become statistics to the streets, but when Lavar publicly makes statements that his sons will never be able to live up to, and scares away endorsements when companies don't want to invest with his Big Baller Brand, he's only doing damage that's going to be hard to get undone. He makes it seem as if black fathers are only involved in their kids' lives when they are top NBA prospects and potential cash cows. He also makes his sons targets for when they do get their careers going. At best, he comes off as a failed athlete himself who's reliving his glory days by vicariously living through his sons who are going to redeem the Ball family name. At worst, he comes off as a boisterous, ignorant, loud mouth, greedy Negro who's trying his best to pimp out his kids.  And right now, I just want him to go away. And take those ugly shoes with him. 

When the father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball by the name of Lavar Ball surfaced, I really didn't pay him too much mind and didn't see what all the hate and derision was about. He was a black father who's been involved in his kids' lives (maybe a little too involved, but involved nonetheless) who was extremely proud of what his sons have accomplished (albeit, not much) and very confident in what his sons will accomplish in the future. No harm, no foul, right? I mean we live in an age where schmucks are famous and celebrated for nothing but being rich, so who's this guy really hurting?! 

   But, after a few weeks of watching Lavar Ball's behavior, and most recently the "release" of the prototype of his son's sneaker which came with a five hundred dollar price tag, I have to say- I'm really starting to hate this clown. When asked on a radio show to explain the steep price of the shoes, he only said "That's what I felt they are worth." I was expecting him to reveal that there was some sort of space age technology built into the shoe to help athletes perform better, or at least some powder cocaine tucked away in a zip pocket of the shoe to help you think you could run faster and jump higher...but nope, just a "I wanna rack up!" explanation. But, if you ain't "baller" enough to afford these unimpressive, don't-even-have-ankle-support, rip offs, you can buy a pair of the even more unimpressive Big Baller Brand flip flops for just $220!!! SMH. 

Never mind the fact his son hasn't even been drafted into the NBA yet to play a single game and didn't even make it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, his middle son isn't even that good, & his youngest son is still in high school.... he's gonna charge over triple the amount of the shoes that carry the name of the best basketball player to ever step on the court, who actually has rings, and a solidified legacy!!!!! 

This isn't about being a proud father. This is not about his sons and securing their future. This is about greed. This is about celebrity. And above all, this is about him. And it kind of always has been about him. From him going on various sports shows to promote his Big Baller Brand, to him claiming he would slay Micheal Jordan in a one-on-one game, to him claiming his sons are way better than the current crop of NBA all stars, to blaming UCLA's loss on the white players... its all about getting himself attention and in front of the cameras. He's even revealed that he's aiming to land himself his own reality show. 

This clown is bad is for basketball, bad for his sons' potential careers, and bad for the public image of black fathers. Its great that his his sons are likely not going to become statistics to the streets, but when Lavar publicly makes statements that his sons will never be able to live up to, and scares away endorsements when companies don't want to invest with his Big Baller Brand, he's only doing damage that's going to be hard to get undone. He makes it seem as if black fathers are only involved in their kids' lives when they are top NBA prospects and potential cash cows. He also makes his sons targets for when they do get their careers going. At best, he comes off as a failed athlete himself who's reliving his glory days by vicariously living through his sons who are going to redeem the Ball family name. At worst, he comes off as a boisterous, ignorant, loud mouth, greedy Negro who's trying his best to pimp out his kids.

And right now, I just want him to go away. And take those ugly shoes with him.