Question of the Day

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Jim Brown shared his thoughts on MJ and Kobe:

The way Brown sees it, many of today’s athletes are simply in it for the money and celebrity, refusing to accept responsibility for having a huge impact on the culture around them. And he’s not afraid of naming names. “Athletes need to represent more than that just getting a big contract and lots of endorsements,” he says. “Take Michael Jordan. To me, he’s full of bull. He’s hiding his true self. All he cares about is getting ahead, being popular and enjoying the wealth of this country. Same with Kobe Bryant. For them, it’s all about making money and doing all the commercials.” Brown expects more from today’s athletes. After all, he walked the walk. When Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and threatened with jail time for refusing to register for the draft during the Vietnam War, it was Brown and Boston Celtics star Bill Russell who led a contingent of black athletes who offered Ali their support. “Sports is detrimental to the development of culture if all you’re willing to do is enjoy the fruits of this country,” he says. “You’ve got to reinvest in the culture, not just exploit it. Today people just want non-combative heroes, who smile and say all the right things. That’s fine, but that doesn’t mean you have to play the fool and shake your butt just because you caught a pass for a touchdown.”

Although we have always loved MJ, and ‘no comment’ on Kobe, those two guys have been almost non-existent when it comes to real issues facing Black America.

The Question of the Day is: Are athletes like MJ and Kobe responsible for investing in a positive future for Black America solely based on the fact that they are successful athletes?

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  • the don

    1st

  • SpearChucker

    they look out for #1

  • CC

    Thats a dumb question, well i take it back they say no question is a dumb question

    ANYBODY who is BLACK should take responsibility for thier people and communities by investing and getting involved in thier communties. Any Asian person should do the same with other Asians and any White person should do the same with thier people. Then we all can co-exist substantially. MJ and Kobe and 99% of the actors, athletes, singers(beyonce) etc are just Sambos. The truth is the truth and the sooner you realize it the better.

    Im having a hard time figuring how Barack is suppose to unite people and Black people aren’t united within thier own Race.

    Jim Brown aint neva lied.

  • daniel

    what do you want them to do.

  • Cybberops

    They are absolutely responsible! Arizona was one of the last states to respect the MLK day…MJ, Magic and a host of other top paid/elite players continue to showcase their talents in AZ during this period and NOT ONE of them said a thing about how much of a BLACKEYE this was giving ALL Americans. So I have to agree with JB. Stand for something other than a check. OH yea, this goes for the Rappers/RB singers and the lot of celebrities!

  • Cybberops

    Daniel…doing NOTHING…means nobody cares. Is that the message we want to send? Just asking?

  • BK Livin Love Dig

    All these old negro ways of getting the point across does not cut it anymore.

  • Wait a Minute

    Of course it’s their responsibility. It kills me to see how few causes athletes with major money are supporting. They’re looking for a check written out to them instead of giving back. People (especially alot of black folks) these days don’t give a damn about their community or the welfare of the world they’re living in, as long as they have their white girl on their arm and money to spend, spend, spend.

    It’s all about giving back and not forgetting where you came from, but these guys will never learn. MJ included, but KOBE worst of all!

  • Clutch

    But why are we assuming the MJ and Kobe don’t give back? I know that MJ has a huge community center in Chicago that was designed for underpriviledged kids. Sur emore cna be done….but how do we know what these individuals do?

  • DMac

    They need to be advocates for ALL of America. Not just Black America.

    Poverty, Illiteracy, etc. They need to promote positivity and a stance against such things. If a white athlete like Drew Brees can make a difference in New Orleans, why can’t a black athlete reach out across inter-racial lines?

    (I would agree though that young, black america could benifit from strong black role models.)

  • CC

    I Have a Question:

    WHY do blacks seem to think that you can help anyone else but self first? THERE is nothing wrong or racist about uplifting SELF(meaning your people) first THEN helping other, can anyone PLEASE tell me a race that doesnt do that and think like that besides us? If you can help everybody but yourself that is self-hate, you cant help or do anything for anyone unless you can do for self 1st!

  • talley-b

    co-sign with DMac

  • BG

    To whom that allot is given, allot is expected….

    It comes with the job, being some sort of role model or at least giving back to your community. Although these guys are only human, they should take notes from Magic Johnson.

  • Billy Blog Thorton

    Mike and Kobe are too busy chasing behind their white women to give a sh!t about blacks and the community. It’s not until they get their own version of the “OJ” wake up call that they start to think about what it means to be black in this country and the responsibility they have as black celebrities. JB is on point. They and others like them are sell outs plain and simple. SMH

  • CC

    how they live thier lives is an example of what they do, its not hard to find out what MJ or KOBE are doing. Is there a such thing as the Black economy..No so your really don’t need to ask any further. opening up 1 or 2 or 3 community centers in your old neighborhood means very little when you have millions and could do this and much more accross all 50 states. There are people with NO MONEY who dedicate thier lives to the cause and give and do until they cant give anymore..and they were never millionairs to begin with. But money does not equate to the soul so its nothing new.

  • http://www.fightthesmears.com Black.Woman

    Jim Brown was on point. Some Black Male Americans stratify their manhood in sports, but not in academics, or other social issues such as absentee fatherhood, or men and women relationship issues. It is a surprise to so many people that Senator Barack Obama has made such a success in his career as a lawyer, and now as the Democratic Nominee because there are expectations of Black Male Americans to only succeed in music via rap, or sports-not politics. Barack Obama actually played basketball, and he could have went to a school and gotten into the NBA-but he didn’t do that-whereas Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant did-but we do not know if they have a bead on the situation with Black Male Americans’ plight of being overlooked for jobs that they are qualified for, or the fact that history from slavery is partly the reason some Black Men have hard time with the idea of being a father. Are athletes like MJ and Kobe responsible for investing in a positive future for Black America solely based on the fact that they are successful athletes?

    Yes.

  • Bella

    CHARITY STARTS AT HOME, THEN YOU BRANCH OUT HELP YOUR RACE, THEN HELP OTHERS. I LOVE ALL RACES, MY FAMILY FIRST, MY BLACK COMMUNITY SECOND AND I WOULD HELP EVER OTHER RACE, BUT IN THAT ORDER. UNTIL BLACKS START RESPECTING AND HELPING EACH OTHER,IT WILL CONTINUE. JIM BROWN IS TALKING REAL. BUT I REALLY WONDER, IF THEY PUT A HUNDRED MILLION IN HIS HANDS TODAY, WHAT WOULD HE DO FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY FIRST.

  • http://www.gettogethablog.com Get Togetha

    It would be too easy to jump on this bandwagon. Jim Brown may have a point but I’m more in the middle between personal responsibility and giving back responsibly. You can’t always have your hands open for a hand out and not help yourself.

    And like Clutch says..how do we know how much people are giving to others?

    Bottom line: Don’t wait and point the finger waiting for others to give you a handout. Things come your way when you help yourself.

  • SWAG-a-licious

    They are selfish and want to say…I am not a role model….

    If you don’t want to be a role model then keep your ugly a$$ off TV if you don’t want people in your business. Stop marketing your ish to black kids if you don’t want to be a role model…go to Japan and market Kimonos to the Japanese kids..

    No, they want to make urban commercials while they live the sub-urban lifestyle. JB has it right….most black athletes are very hypocritical…and let Wendy tell it most of them are gay.

  • Devon

    Most of these Black athletes truly don’t care. If the NBA, National Football League and the Black baseball players, combined resources into a single charity devoted to helping the poor Black communities, they could turn things around in a single generation. There are enough super rich Black people in America to do that today. Did you know that the PGA (golf) give more money to poor people and other charities than all the other sport franchises combined. Michael Jordon has always been selfish and stingy with his money. Nearly a decade ago he had a charity to help people but nearly 100% of the money from the charity was donated by sponsors who wanted to be associated with the brand name. When Michael was asked to contribute money to the cause guess what he did? He folded the charity and said see ya! Unbelivable! He would rather close it down than to part with any money.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tomboyswagg FallinPoet(Robin Thicke's "Dreamworld" is the sh*t)

    this is why we have to give Lebron James some credit… he has said he wants to become a billionaire, however he recently registered to vote, and he is trying to get more young ppl involved politically. he realizes a lot of young ppl look up to him, and this is something that has to be done.

  • SMDH

    Well I must admit that athletes as a role model is a double edged sword these days!! These athletes are not really wrapped too tight themselves.. Just look how many of them are in legal trouble themselves… We really don’t need HOW TO BE AN IGNORANT BALL PASSING N!GGER WITH MONEY to be the theme of our youth either…

  • jman75

    black people need to stop looking to someone else to help them out, look to yourself. stop thinking that someone owes you something because you are black. remember m.c. hammer gave back to “the community” and ya’ll called him a sellout because he wasn’t rapping about selling dope and slapping bi#%hes!

    look to yourself!!! 1 luv

  • Bella

    Oh yeah! KOBE IS A SNITCH AND WILL SELL THE BLACK COMMUNITY OUT FOR A PIECE OF SILVER, ASK SHAQ.

  • Lush-Us Lipps

    Jim Brown was on Point!!!!

    Speak the truth brotha!

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