…unless you can cite an example where a white athlete was disparaged or discriminated against. The New York Post’s no. 1 defender of pale persons and most dilligent opponent of the biggest problem facing society today (ie. reverse racism), weighs in Monday AM on the Allen Iverson situation.
I’m tired of people with one-way vision and selective memories telling us that a racist sports world persists, based on the latest head count of black head coaches.
Maurice Cheeks, African-American, daily was undermined by the misdeeds – often criminal – of black players when he tried to coach the Trail Blazers. Now, Iverson has done it to him in Philly.
Cheeks, by now, might’ve been among the most revered coaches in the history of the NBA. The people who thus far have prevented any chance of that happening, while placing his coaching career in peril, aren’t white.
It’s a pity Phil didn’t take the time to directly quote one of these mysterious one-way visionaries. More often than not, I’ve seen the NBA held up as a shining example of what happens when the coaches are somewhat representative of the workforce. Likewise, the NFL has received far less criticism in recent years with the high profile success of Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith and
Denny Green others.
The coaching breakdown that seems most curious is Division 1-A collegiate football. If Phil doesn’t think there’s a racial component to the paucity of black head coaches in the NCAA, that’s entirely his (fucked) opinion. But Mushnick is the one that has chosen to “play the race card” by dragging the matter into the Iverson discussion, and he’s managed to completely confuse the issue. If Mo Cheeks had truly been undermined by A.I. in Philly, ownership would be showing the coach the door rather than cutting ties with their franchise player.
If Iverson is, in the parlance of Jim Mora Sr., a coach-killer, he’s just been working in the rich history of an Hall of Famer like Magic Johnson, whose determination and foresight created a huge career opportunity for caucasian coaching neophyte Pat Riley.