B-More, Carmelo

It goes without saying that ‘Melo was way out of pocket by bombing on Mardy Collins like that. But, if you’re going to be ‘hood, be ‘hood. ‘Melo lost points in the NBA world and the commercial world with his actions in Saturday’s brawl. But he also lost points in the streets with his rapid retreat after landing his surprise blow. He was backpedalling Champ Baily.
‘Melo. You’re from the 410. I know, because it’s on your Jordans, which I have. You’re representing one of the toughest, most dangerous cities in the country and you’re pulling off a hit-and-run on national TV like that? If you were a character on the Wire, set in your hometown of Baltimore, they’d put you in a vacant for a stunt like that.
Melo was out of like, totally, for what he did. I do not support violence of any kind. But at least Stephen Jackson went full-fledge with his thuggery. Jermaine O’Neal didn’t half run after unleashing his haymakers.
Melo’s back-pedaling was almost as bad Ron Artest, who was angry and tough enough to run into the crowd during Brawl I, but not to take on Ben Wallace.
C’mon, Melo. Either B-More. Or B-More!

Marcus Thompson

  • Damon Pierson

    The Racial Divide

    The other night I am watching Sportscenter and Brad Van Pelt says stay tuned you don’t want to miss the Hockey game that broke out at a fight tonight. I wait for the highlight because I like to see a good fight outside the boxing ring. They come back from commercial and bam after a slight tussle I see right hand after right hand. Referees standing there not interrupting because it is part of the game??? How can this be in the modern day and age, in the civilized world that we live in that fighting can be part of the game? Earlier this summer same station but now a pitcher throws a fastball high and tight after another player just hit a home run. The felled batter gets ups and storms the mound, benches clear and then it is just part of the game. No major suspensions, 4 maybe 5 games at most and that is only for the instigators. No Brawl comments even though you have double the amount of players on the field than any basketball game.

    Then we have what happened in Madison Square Garden, maybe 6 on 6 because 1 guy from each team left the bench. It is deemed a brawl even though 80% of the people involved never threw a punch. So if you include the person who committed the initial foul, Nate Robinson, JR Smith, and Carmelo Anthony, you had 4 guys out of 24 actively and aggressively involved. The others are grabbing and pushing but not really doing any fighting. So why then, does this get so much coverage? If 4 guys were fighting in a baseball game it may not even make the headline in the broadcast. I have an idea and it is one that is not going to be liked but it is in my estimation the only answer to the question. Why do basketball fights get viewed in a more negative light than any other sport when it comes to fights? Why the bad wrap. I believe it is because the sport is predominantly African American and the perception that African Americans are thugs, aggressive and lean toward this type of behavior. These are old stereotypes steeped in years of systematic racism that is not gone be is very present in today’s sports world. I believe very strongly that this is a portion of the 2006/New Millennium racial divide. Different treatment for equal behavior, can someone give me another reason for the disparagement? Nobody wants to deal with it but this is the reality.

    Understand that fighting on the basketball court is as regular to an inner city youth as fighting on the ice is to a Hockey player, yet the predominantly white sport is allowed to continue with this type of behavior while the predominantly African American sport has more rules and regulations are geared toward making who the men in the NBA are into something that the league wants them to be. The dress code, the new zero tolerance rule all to attack the inherent things that make African American men who we are. We’ve seen some of this in Football with major restrictions on celebrations. But that is another story.

  • J

    I agree with you on the basic premise of your comment. I do think there is a racial undertone in the perception by a large number of fans and the media, stereotyping the NBA as a league plagued with hip-hop black thugs. In all sports only a very small percentage of players get into trouble on or off the court yet the majority are judged by the actions of a few. I do take issue though with the statement, “inherent things that make African American men”. As a fellow black man I find that as something that would add to the stereotypes. I don’t have cornrows, a bunch of tats or wear baggy clothes. None of that makes me black or is inherent to who I am. I’m personally in favor of the dress code because I do think NBA players serve as a role model for young black men. And as such young black men need to understand that perception matters sometimes more than reality.