The NBA’s new way of promoting vulgar jerks

Remember: after you do this trick, be sure to tell her you love her. But first, help her get back on her feet.

How can an intelligent, well-mannered sports fan not have reassessed himself from skeptical to cynical? How will it be possible to bring fans and customers back to a place they’ve never been?

Last week, I wrote here that ESPN, as a legitimate representative of the NBA Grizzlies’ fan base, proudly hosted a live chat with Memphis-based rapper Juicy J.

He didn’t appear to be a knowledgeable fan, so it was difficult not to conclude that his invitation was based on his hateful, boastful self-love and violent challenges, vulgar lyrics, including N-word references to black men, the unspeakably profane sexual degradation of young women. In other words, the usual garbage.

Juicy J was just the latest ESPN-blessed celebration of a rapper who promotes and perpetuates urban black America’s most destructive, criminal stereotypes.

Another rapper who has found favor on ESPN is the aptly named Young Thug, who isn’t much different from Juicy J in genre. Read for yourself. I suggest “Get the Fk Out of My Face” as a first stop.

Last week, ESPN’s favorite Atlanta resident Mr. Thug was arrested again, this time charged with a range of crimes from possessing a small arsenal of assault weapons and distributing drugs to committing armed crimes and participating in gang-sponsored crimes gangs street crime.

Back in Memphis, where the PA system for the Grizzlies and on-field cheerleaders, male and female, are now intoning a pep chant: “Whoop That Trick!” taken from a rap “song” sung by a guy who delightfully calls Al called Kapone.

According to the Urban Dictionary, “whoop that trick” is street slang for “What you do when your girlfriend steps out of line.” He basically slaps her when she behaves.” Charming. Your girlfriend is no better than “a trick” that needs a pimp’s slap in the face.

Yes Morant and Draymond Green
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Celebrating another sad, backward stereotype that should be eradicated. At a pro basketball game! Why? And why would black America choose to enjoy this in silence anywhere? Why do the Al Sharptons continue to ignore everything, including rivals’ regular shootings and stabbings of rappers?

Last week, Warriors stars Steph Curry and Draymond Green joined home fans on Friday’s Whoop That Trick. You could hear and see that they loved it. So where are the NBA and Players Association commitments to social and racial activism in the pursuit of positive change?

After the NBA was financially, politically and blatantly betrayed by the good-sounding (dis)organizational Black Lives Matter scam last season, what did Commissioner Adam Silver do with this one? Nothing so far.

He should be demanding — ordering — his removal from NBA games, in arenas and on national television.

And when fools complain, Silver should be proud! Or do Silver, the NBA, and the NBPA advocate domestic violence?

And last week, The Post’s Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis reported that NBA ticket prices have risen while attendance has fallen.

Thursday, another NFL arrest. Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, 2020 first-round draft picker Jerry Jeudy of Alabama, has been charged with evidence tampering, under the legal title of “domestic abuse enhancers” in Colorado, his alleged victim, the mother of his infant — although the mother has requested the charges be dismissed.

All of our sports are overwhelmed by rudeness, whether it’s between players or players versus nearby “fans”, whether at Yankee Stadium or the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

It now seems to be a weekly occurrence for pro tennis players to throw a vulgar fit aimed at the crowd or a courtside official. Last week at the Italian Open it was Canadian Denis Shapovalov who is ranked 16th in the world.

Rangers fans who crowd The Garden then chant “a-hole!” at on-game officials or visiting players are fueled by a rude mob attendance mentality. Or would they dare to be alone among thousands and roar coarse chants?

You stop cheering for your team, you mock and curse the visiting team. It’s tantamount to taking a group oath of loyalty, not that they would chant “a–hole!” at the family dinner table or just watching the game on TV. Or would they?

Why has evil gotten worse? Are those in leadership positions – starting with commissioners – afraid to lead? Do they avoid the risk of being judged by fools? Or are they good at what’s on their clock – way down?

Fielding bad teams brings NFL scheduling advantages

The NFL schedule on Thursday revealed what to expect: a totally unintentional return to Roger Goodell’s false claim that Jets and Giants PSL purchases “are good investments.”

Although the teams are at home in the nation’s largest televised market, both are scheduled to play home games primarily at 1 p.m. Sunday — what was once the most convenient, weather-appropriate and logical time for fans to start all NFL games.

This season’s Jets and Giants patrons have been “blessed” with this “gift” for one reason only:

Their teams aren’t expected to do any better than mediocre, so the NFL’s television networks, which buy their scheduling and start-time “flexible” authority from the NFL, don’t want any part of it for their better-rated late Sunday afternoon and prime-time television shows.

For example, eight of the Giants’ nine home games are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., while seven of the Jets’ eight home games are scheduled for 1:00 p.m

Or as Alice Kramden put it, when Ralph told her that if he were elected Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of Raccoon Lodge, they would both be entitled to a free burial at Raccoon Cemetery in Bismarck, ND, she replied, “I’m excited about that.” , I don’t know whether to live or die.”

Norman Liberal on ‘Mistakes’

Quote of the week was spoken by Greg Norman as he acknowledges that the latest new golf tour he is hosting is being funded by the Saudi government, a government accused of sanctioning politically expedient assassination:

“We all made mistakes”

Murder? Let’s see, have I ever committed murder? try to think hmm No, I can’t say I’ve ever murdered anyone, at least not since breakfast. You?

Norman’s “We’ve all made mistakes” reads no differently than Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney’s tweet: “We young. Everyone makes mistakes…” — in defense of Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III after he was charged with DUI vehicle murder and crashed into his victim’s car at a police-reported speed of 156 mph.

The PGA Tour has turned down requests from golfers to attend next month's Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational.
The PGA Tour has turned down requests from golfers to attend next month’s Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational.
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It’s all cheating. In a TV ad for NYRA Bets last week, horse punters were told, “We specialize in… growing your bankroll.” If that were the case – if the opposite were not the case – there would be no NYRA bets.

With the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL reportedly raking in millions of dollars in penalties annually, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how much, where the money is going, and who, if anyone, is paying taxes on the dough ? Or, if it’s for charity, who gets the write-offs?

I don’t know what’s going on inside, but I was sorry to see the islanders fire Barry Spite. I liked his stoic nature. I can’t help but wonder if the Islanders’ Arena completion was delayed – their first 13 games were played en route – and the COVID-hit roster made for too big a bridge.

In commercials starring Pete Alonso, the Mets hitter is identified as “Pete Alonso, Real CarShield Customer.” That means the original warranty on the old car or cars he drives has expired. Sure, why not? The NBA’s new way of promoting vulgar jerks


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