We don't do the sports thing too much on The ManChild Swagga blog (though I am a fanatic), but in light of the recent events with Plaxico Burress of The New York Giants, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith made this very poignant speech about the Black Athlete in America. Smitty was really mad here as he dug deep on this. Watch and discuss.
Shaun P comments: ...
Far too many black athletes value the limelight in lieu of basic common sense and humility. Plax wore a boatload of ice, and after being told one of his teammates were targeted by would be robbers, instead of leaving the ice home, he decided to wear all of it, flossing, out on the town in NYC. In addition he armed himself with a pistol, no holster and sweat pants. Not only did he place his own life and well being at risk (Sean Taylor died of a gunshot wound to the leg just a year ago), but he also endangered the well being of the other unsuspecting patrons enjoying the nightlife. In addition, he jammed his own team-mates up burdening them with having to do damage control while possibly tarnishing their own images and jeopardizing their own freedom and careers.
Its interesting how millionaire athletes dress, look and have a swag similar to millionaire rappers, and drug dealers. They all rock the same ice, sleep with the same gold-diggers, frequent the same night spots, and listen to the same music, albeit hip hop thuggery with little value for human life.
There's a psychological element of stupidity at play here. I guess that's why there are hundreds of thousands of ganstas locked in far away prisons, choosing stupidity over common sense. Plax may be joining 'em, but I doubt it.