Stephen A. Smith Weighs in on Dumba*s NBA Players, Speaks On Genocide In the Black Community

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Stephen A. Smith, who is known for his opinion and little rants, did a piece recently on this Gilbert Arenas foolishness and the Black community. Flip the script to check it out…

But the mess that Arenas has created is not going away. Nor are the questions destined to follow about professional athletes, specifically those from the African-American Community — and how the criminal element has virtually hijacked the culture of Black America.As much as I’ve tried to disagree with my friend and noted contemporary, Jason Whitlock, who’s repeatedly and vociferously lamented the state of affairs within the Black Community — specifically as it pertains to the negative parts of Hip Hop and its influence on Black culture — it simply cannot be denied any longer.

Genocide is taking place in the Black Community, and this is a form of it.

For every foolish act like Plaxico Burress, Ron Artest or Arenas, there’s a Grant Hill, Shane Battier or LeBron James — guys who will be employing Black athletes one day, either in an executive or ownership capacity. But their behavior is not what is influencing Black America’s youth, specifically its cultural ambience. It’s the culture of tattoos (jailhouse or otherwise) enjoying increased prevalence and notoriety. This hyper-masculinity syndrome. This alpha-male environment that stimulates the worst in an educated individual like Crittenton (Georgia Tech), preventing a sensible young man raised by both of his parents from walking away from a crazy incident that could cost him millions in potential earnings. Even worse, it’s jeopardized the career of Arenas and his six-year, $111 million contract, plus an additional $50 million deal with Adidas allegedly over a gambling debt that amounted to less than $500.

“It’s truly sickening,” one African-American front-office official told me Sunday afternoon. “There’s just no excuse for this. This is a $4 billion industry guys are trying to turn into a $2 billion industry. There’s just a flagrant lack of appreciation for the position they’re in … mainly because of someone wanting to look more like a man, not be punked, acting literally like prisoners locked in a prison yard with one another. It’s utterly ridiculous.

“I don’t know how anyone would feel about this, because some folks truly believe we won’t have these problems if the league reduced the maximum years of guaranteed deals down to just three years. I’ll go a step further …

“Lock the damn players out. Shut the league down for a year and see what happens when these guys are not cutting these checks. I bet you the few who don’t act right will straighten up then.”

Sadly, we can only suspect there’s truth to that argument. The argument that can no longer be made, however, is that actions like the one Arenas committed are just that of the few. Not because it’s untrue, but because few people care. Mainstream media didn’t spend the weekend bantering about Arenas. They used Arenas to bloviate about “why do these athletes carry guns?”

He goes in even more about David Sterns, NBA Commissioner and the Black Community:

This is a battle the league has fought for years. One that Commissioner David Stern has fought so brilliantly for nearly 27 years that he should be an icon in the Black Community. Except Stern won’t be, of course, because of the punishment he’ll predictably bring down upon Arenas once the Wizards’ troubled star receives due process — though it’s appropriate for Stern to step in. Stern will be the villain, then. Not Arenas. Definitely not in the eyes of Black America. The thing is, the time has come for the Black Community to join Stern in his fight against such utter nonsense.

Arenas is a nice man. He’s not a bad guy. We should pray for him and wish him well. But that’s after he is suspended for a year without pay and the legal system gets through dealing with him. Unless, of course, we want Rush Limbaugh’s comments about the NFL resembling “The Bloods and the Crips … without any weapons” to allude to another league dominated by young Black men!

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  • jay rock

    1st

  • Will H

    Could this have been said any clearer?

  • drenk

    well said stephen, cant disagree on anything and it would be real interesting to see what happens if they league stopped for a year

  • The Brown Hornet

    We gotta change ourselves – we can be our own worst enemies…

  • George Bush

    Well said painfully honest.

  • num1dominicano

    this is all true…it’s so bad that you can’t even walk down the street and look another brother in eye without causing some kind of beef….

  • Mr. Westcoast

    We can’t blame the white man on our foolishness, our popping bottle, new money, gun carrying, baby daddy culture is going to catch up to us eventually!

  • Renee

    @ Glok!

    Are you serious? Are you really serious? As an African American, I immediately thought of responding to you but decided that YOUR ignorance is NOT worth my keystrokes…

  • Royal Chocolate

    After all these years, why is it that some of us (black folks) can’t realize what we are doing to ourselves? Other nationalities, Koreans, Jews, Mexicans, still come to this country with nothing but a dream and recipe, mix the two and turn it into a multi-billion dollar enterprise and multiply.

    Guns, violence…..black men please wake up!!

  • KeepNit2Real

    I agree with alot of what he’s saying except for this statement:

    “This is a battle the league has fought for years. One that Commissioner David Stern has fought so brilliantly for nearly 27 years that he should be an icon in the Black Community.”

    David Stern is a MAJOR part of the problem! Look at how he rigged the entire Patrick Ewing draft process to get him in New York. David Stern only sees black men as dollar signs and that’s all he’ll ever do.

    He could care LESS about the Black community as long as whoever on the NBA floor is getting his league money. It’s as simple as that.

    And as long as these players get these insanely huge dollar contracts, he’s telling them in essence: “You’re bought and paid for. Don’t worry about WHAT you do, just worry about HOW you perform. As long as we have a good relationship (and that goes for the moneymaking involved), we’ll be ok.”

    David Stern is a joke and Stephen is doing nothing more than kissing his flat asz. I would NEVER play in the NBA, talent of not.

    I’d rather (and this is if I were an athlete) get my degree and do it my way. The entire NBA needs to be blown up and started over to fully integrate it’s players.

  • KeepNit2Real

    I meant “talent or not”. lol…

    And people have to remember that Stephen played a VERY short time in the NBA…and is friends with David Stern. Why WOULDN’T he speak good about him?

  • Teezy

    His words are sooooo true. Just like C Murder (Master P brother) your brother takes $12,000 and turns it into millions and gets you out of the pj’s and you still trying to be in the streets! Now he locked up for the second time and will probably never get out. Just goes to show that money doesnt change your mentality. You have to want to change. Your not selling out, its called growing up and being a responsible adult. When your bank account balance has more than one comma in it then your in a powerful position. People in the hood always complain about gettin out but when they do they still bring that hood foolishness with them. Get it together folks. Stephan thanks for speaking up!

  • black america has no pride= DEAD

    POINT BLANK DO THE CRIME PAY THE TIME.. NO EXSCUSES FOR BLACKS OR WHITE RICH OR POOR.. WE ALL KNOW HOW THE US DOES THE RICH THOUGH…..

    ARENAS DID NOT EVEN ACT REMORSEFUL!!!!

    NO LET’S CALL IT HOW IT IS .. OUR BLACK CELEBS ARE SELLING OUR IMAGE SNAND CULTURE UP THE RIVER TO WHITE EXECS ON ALL LEVELS. THANK ALL OUR CELEBS FROM (TALIBAN BOOTY SHAKIN BEYONCE) TO ” FAKE JEHOVAJ JIGGA”. THEY ALL SHOW A LACK OF RESPECT ON ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS IT MAKES NO SENSE.

    BLACK PRIDE BEEN GONE OUT THE DOOR!!!!!!!!!!

    SHOW ME A BLACK CELEB WITH TALENT, BRAINS, HUMILITY, HUMANITY, AND REAL SELF PRIDE AND OF GOD!! OH OKAY!!!!!

    MEDIA DOES NOT TALK ABOUT THEM!!!!!!!!

  • http://bossip miss dior

    I like Stephen Smith, he doesn’t mince words, says what he means without BSing.

  • Cali

    Love Steven A. Smith! This is a REAL Blackman who is tired of the foolishness going on with these ghetto athletes!

  • YorkieLover

    I agreed with everything he said! But F that, I think Arenas should get kicked out the league altogether. Just because he’s a good guy doesn’t take away from that foolish and bafoonish act that he did. I didn’t even agree with giving Mike Vick a second chance. The NBA/NFL league is getting ghetto and thuggish.
    I agree with them and the colleges not recruiting dudes who had a bad past. I hope they continue this and do it more often.

  • jamdown

    I have so much respect for Steven, he so on point with his comments. I always try and stick up for my race but lately it’s becoming more and more difficult. when will we wake up and realize what kind of power we could poses if we would just stick together and love one another. As for Gilbert he deserves no mercy, I’m tired of these over payed athletes getting away with murder and making stupid decisions while the rest of slug it out in the real world and can barley keep are heads above water with bills. Also they never talk about the trickle down affect when we have to go to work and have to defend ourselves because asses like Gilbert do what they do.

  • Eye

    Bad behavior and bad parenting should not be tolerated in our community. Lock the parents up with their children. I am so sick of this cycle of stupidity!!! The problem is that people with some for of education and discipline know how to behave. The masses dont and you can’t tell them otherwise! People don’t care about shame anymore.

  • :-)

    Genocide is true, and it’s already been happening. You just need this f.ucked up basketball player to bring it to the surface. I believe suspenion is too weak for this loser. He should have been dropped, fired PERIOD. How can we end the Genocides? Education, financial support, more community service, mentors. Especially mentors….positive organized clubs.

  • notsomuch

    d. knott – It takes a lot of maturity to realize what you previously felt was wrong. I wish there were more like you.

  • learn to love yourself

    I saw that interview and I can say that he was completely telling the hoods truth

  • Gimmeabreak 78

    I’ve been saying the same thing for years. Whenever a sensible black person calls out another for outlandish behavior, invariably the response is to call the sensible black person a sell out, or self-hating, or worse yet, the ridiculous black person points to ignorant behavior within the white race to deflect attention away from his own madness. Another response is to blame the media or white oppression for the behavior instead of just taking responsibility for his own actions and doing better in the future.

    To be sure, Steven A. Smith usually irritates me with his commentaries, but on this one, he is dead on.

  • Watson

    If tattoos are really a problem, the NBA can ban new ones as part of their dress code policy. If it’s guns, Commissioner Stern can lobby Congress for stricter laws. But I’m suspicious if the owners try to use this incident in a self-serving “Shock Doctrine” pretext to limit salaries.

  • Re

    I’m not up on David Stern history like that, so I won’t speak on that segment…

    BUT WHOO Lord, what a very appropriate comment for such troubling times. I am on board with him 100% I wonder what this means for the future of the NBA and they way they cut deals and contracts to their players.

  • 2Cent

    I don’t think this could have been articulated any better! It’s time for black people to step up and be accountable for their actions and words. This nonsense is wholly unacceptable. Black people will be the first to jump on David Stern for simply doing what needs to be done…at some point you have to make an example of an idiot. EVERYTHING is not based on racism…we as black people have a lot of soul searching to do.

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