Marcellus Wiley: NBA painting “Black Lives Matter” on courts when season resumes is “not a good idea”


ORLANDO, FLAccording to ESPN, the NBA is planning to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the court sidelines in three arenas to be used at the Walt Disney World resort when it picks up the 2019-2020 season in August. 

Players want “the fight for racial equality and social justice be a central part of the NBA’s return to play.”

In fact, many NBA players have expressed a desire not to return to league play at all, either due to COVID concerns or because resuming the season might detract from social justice issues. 

During a conference call in June with over 80 NBA players, organizer and Nets guard Kyrie Irving reportedly stated:

“I’m willing to give up everything I have for social reform.”

Not everyone agrees with courtside social justice messages having such prominence in the NBA, however.

Marcellus Wiley, former NFL player and cohost of Speak for Yourself at Fox Sports, on a recent broadcast,said:

“It’s not a good idea.”

Wiley expressed concerns about the potential for division the painted messages would create:

“We know what identity politics does.  It divides and it polarizes. 

“No matter how you want to look at it, that’s just the effect of it, no matter how great the intentions are.  And we all know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

He also pointed out that the mission statement of Black Lives Matter supports a family dynamic that has been statistically proven to be detrimental to family members.

He said:

“My family structure is so important and vital to me.  Not only the one I grew up in, but the one I’m trying to create right now.  Being a father and a husband, that’s my mission in life right now. 

“How do I reconcile that, what I just told you, with this [Black Lives Matter] mission statement that says, ‘We dismantle the patriarchal practice. 

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.’   When I know statistics, when I know my reality, forget statistics, I knew this before I went to Columbia and saw these same statistics that I’m going to read to you right now.”

He went on to cite several figures:

“Children from single-parent homes versus two-parent homes. The children from the single-parent homes — this was in 1995 I was reading this — five times more likely to commit suicide. Six times more likely to be in poverty. Nine times more likely to drop out of high school. Ten times more likely to abuse chemical substances. Fourteen times more likely to commit rape, 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home.

He continued:

“I knew that.  You know why I knew it?  Because a lot of my friends didn’t have family structures that were nuclear like mine, and they found themselves outside of their dreams and goals and aspirations. “

Law Enforcement Today has previously covered the portions of the Black Lives Matter mission statement that reject traditional two-parent families.

In the “What We Believe” section of their website, BLM affirms,

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another.”

Interestingly, this section of the website mentions “mothers” and “parents,” but not fathers.

Mr. Wiley is far from alone in his support for the presence of a nuclear family in black households, and his concern that fatherlessness is detrimental.

Talk radio host, author, and attorney Larry Elder listed “Lack of fathers in the home” as the top three “Biggest Problems Facing the Black Community.”

When Elder asked former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume whether white racism or the absence of black fathers was the bigger threat to blacks, Mfume responded:

“The absence of black fathers.”

Activist and Blexit founder Candace Owens has stated that “the biggest issue facing black America is father absence.”

Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University, wrote:

“The most devastating problems that black people face today have absolutely nothing to do with our history of slavery and discrimination. Chief among them is the breakdown of the black family, wherein 75 percent of blacks are born to single, often young, mothers. In some cities and neighborhoods, the percentage of out-of-wedlock births is over 80.”

According to Prager U, children who grow up without a father are:

  • 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  • 5 times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime
  •  20 times more likely to end up in prison.

Wiley indicated that he found the stance against the two parent household confusing, stating:

“So when I see that as a mission statement for Black Lives Matter, it makes me scratch my head.” 

It remains to be seen whether the public will find symbolic support for fatherless black households a positive contribution to NBA league play.

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While the NBA contemplates throwing divisiveness into the game with paint, the NFL has announced they’ll do it with song.

The same NFL that once banned pro-police stickers from NFL helmets isn’t just talking about adding in BLM stickers to helmets… now they’re taking things to a much greater extreme.

They’re reportedly planning to play the ‘Black National Anthem’ before every game in Week 1 of the NFL season.  Because that’s not racist or anything.

The news was first reported by The Undefeated, which is owned by ESPN.

That sources says that “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be played BEFORE “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

It will reportedly begin with the nationally televised first game of the season, which is on September 10, when the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, host the Houston Texans.

That’s not all – the song also reportedly will be played during the full slate of those Week 1 Sunday afternoon games, during Sunday Night Football and during the two ESPN Monday night games.

We’re also told the league is working collaboratively with players to ‘recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season’.

They’re considering adding names of ‘victims’ on helmet decals or jerseys patches, as well as ‘educational programs and storytelling’ (such as additional PSAs about the victims and their families).

What’s next – removing the American flag?  We’ve all seen the “social justice warriors” talking about how the American flag is apparently a sign of “oppression”.  So what is the end game?  Eliminate the National Anthem?  Eliminate the flag?  Enough already.

How about some background?

Standing for the Pledge of Allegiance and the signing on the National Anthem is something that has been around since 1893

It is believed to be a tradition that was started by General Rossell G O’Brien, a veteran of the Civil War.  Michigan Senator Julius Burrows, in a speech at West Point in 1891 stated he would “like to see every true American, soldier or citizen, when he hears the grand notes of National air (anthem), rise to his feet in patriotic recognition and uncover (remove hats).” 

Standing for this was a symbol of honoring your country and those that died and currently serve and ensure your freedom.

The NFL once had a stance that all players would respect the flag and national anthem which was played pregame for all games held during the season. 

At no time prior to 2016, no player, white black or otherwise ever dare not stand and show respect for the military during the playing of the national anthem.  However, in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick was benched, he had to stand out, and the only way he could was to become a symbol of something, regardless if that symbolism was based on something real or not.

In August of 2016, Kaepernick began sitting during the playing of the national anthem. 

When this did not get enough press, he took it another step and began kneeling during the anthem.  His reason? 

Social injustice, police brutality, something in which he can offer no facts or statistics on other than to say that he believes it exists. 

If you believe there is systemic racism in the United States at the hands of police, please look at the facts presented in the Washington Post database.  If you view the breakdown of the races killed by officers each year, without knowing the circumstances, overwhelming the answer is people who are white. 

To spite the spin the Washington Post tries to put on the facts, if there was a true systematic issue with racism in the United States with police killing minorities more so than any other race, than, no one can argue that the white population would be the highest number of those killed.  Yet, when you look at that figure, the white population are killed in vast majority more so than any other race.

Now, in 2020, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, came out last month stating that the NFL as a whole handled player kneeling incorrectly. 

Kneeling, started by Colin Kaepernick, a third string quarterback, was supposed to symbolize a protest against systematic racism and police brutality. 

At the time, the NFL and the owners strongly discouraged these acts which were viewed as some as unpatriotic.  However, now that they have ‘woke’ it appears that they need to do even more to ensure that they are standing against racism, regardless if it exists as explained by the mainstream media or not.

The National Anthem stands for all Americans, regardless of race or sex.  The anthem has nothing to do with a political party and is recognized as a symbol of what America should be. 

Instead of weakening the National Anthem, why can we not all, regardless of race, embrace it for what it should symbolize now?  That all men, women, and children are created equal, that we all should be proud of what the military and police have accomplished over the years in keeping our county safe, keeping our families safe. 


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