The Mo’Kelly Report


Where Michael Vick Meets OJ Simpson

Michael Vick

Forbes magazine recently released its list of “The Most Disliked People in Sports” a survey of 1,100 people age 13 or older who are active in sports as either a player, coach, manager, broadcaster, agent or owner.

Before we go further, let’s keep this honest.  It’s the “most-hated” poll.  It is what it is.  Don’t get tripped up and tricked by the euphemism of “dislike.”  These are athletes that evoke visceral responses, as is evidenced by their “strong dislike” quotients below.

The respondents had to be actively involved as to eliminate the multitude of those who might only know of Vick through his dog-fighting arrest and nothing more.  Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the full list with the percent of “Strong Dislike” in parentheses.

1.         Michael Vick (69%)

2.         Al Davis (66%)

3.         Ben Roethlisberger (57%)

4.         Tiger Woods (53%)

5.         Jerry Jones (53%)

6.         Mark McGwire (48%)

7.         Terrell Owens (47%)

8.         Alex Rodriguez (45%)

9.         Allen Iverson (45%)

10.       Gilbert Arenas (44%)

Today is only going to ask questions.  Some are rhetorical, others are interrogatives actually in search of an answer.  But today, it’s going to be more about questions than anything else.  This survey is supposed to be the answer to the question of “who is the most ‘disliked’ in professional sports?”  The list above is your answer.

Mo’Kelly could extrapolate out and write a scathing editorial on how troubling it is that even the “more informed” (i.e. sports enthusiasts) still have a disproportionate amount of contempt for Michael Vick than anyone else, but no…not today.  Mo’Kelly could theorize the implicit role of race in the perception of athletes, but no…not today.  Mo’Kelly only has questions, you the readers will have to provide the answers.

Ben Roethlisberger

  • How is it that Michael Vick is still the “most-disliked” in all of sports when he’s been a model citizen since he’s been out of jail for more than a year?
  • Why is it that Michael Vick tops this list and Ben Roethlisberger who has been accused of rape TWICE is nowhere close in percentage to Vick?
  • Should Mo’Kelly make the leap that killing my neighbor’s dog 3 years ago is somehow socially less acceptable than (allegedly) raping the same neighbor’s daughter 3 months ago?
  • Why is Terrell Owens as “disliked” as much Mark McGwire and more than Alex Rodriguez, when of the three, he’s the only one who didn’t cheat in his sport (or on his wife for that matter)?
  • Did these people somehow forget that Mark McGwire’s career was a fraud and he in essence “pleaded the 5th” before Congress?

    Terrell Owens...and the popcorn

  • Don’t these people know that being a fraud for your whole career like McGwire is probably worse than making a career of creative endzone celebrations like Owens…and the two shouldn’t be equated on any level…ever?
  • How did Gilbert Arenas make this list and not Plaxico Burress? (Is that because since he’s “in” jail, he’s not “in” sports…i.e. ineligible?)
  • If Michael Vick were never to have played in the NFL again, (despite not being eligible for the list), Mo’Kelly wonders if people would still dislike him as much…i.e. less jealousy/contempt?
  • Why is Tiger Woods so much more “disliked” than A-Rod when Tiger’s never been caught cheating in his sport and arguably equally as unfaithful as Alex Rodriguez?

    A-Rod and Madonna

  • Does that mean cheating on your wife with a married Madonna (and presumably plenty others) is somehow socially more acceptable than cheating on your wife with porn stars and cocktail waitresses?
  • Or let Mo’Kelly ask the same question slightly differently.  Why is cheating on your wife (as a superstar golfer) comparable in “dislike” to being accused of raping two women (as a superstar NFL quarterback) and more “reprehensible” than the superstar baseball player who cheated on his wife AND cheated in his sport?
  • Jerry Jones

    What did Jerry Jones do to deserve to be on this list?  Al Davis, I get it.  But Jerry Jones?

  • How many people tried to write in OJ Simpson’s name, even though he’s not eligible for this list?
  • Is Mo’Kelly the only one who wonders what “other” criteria was considered by the respondents…be it consciously or subconsciously?

Hmm…

The Mo’Kelly Report is an entertainment journal with a political slant; published weekly at The Huffington Post and www.eurweb.com.  It is meant to inform, infuse and incite meaningful discourse…as well as entertain. The Mo’Kelly Report is syndicated by Blogburst. For more Mo’Kelly, http://mokellyreport.wordpress.com.  Mo’Kelly can be reached at mrmokelly@gmail.com and he welcomes all commentary.

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The ‘Troublesome’ Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

If The Mo’Kelly Report has been anything over the years, it has been both consistent and fair.  For every story Mo’Kelly has written in derision of a John Mayer, Michael Richards or even Dog the Bounty Hunter, you will also find one equally critical of Gilbert Arenas/Plaxico Burress, the Duke Lacrosse accuser and Nas the rapper.

No one has ever received a pass on the issues of race here, irrespective of their race.  When heaping praise and critique, there is no double-standard now and there won’t be in the future in this column.

Right is right and wrong is wrong.

Unfortunately, the reality is that we do not live in a post-racial society, despite the fact that Barack Obama lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  We do live in a post-legislated racism (i.e. post Jim Crow) society, but the issues of race persist.

Black farmers were recently awarded 1.25 billion (with a “b”) in a civil discrimination suit.  That is not a figment of my imagination.  The FBI is presently investigating the police beating of Pittsburgh teenage violinist Jordan Miles in January of this year.  If that weren’t enough, the organization 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement called on NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate racial profiling after “stop and frisk” statistics went through the roof…reflecting the disproportionate detainment of Blacks and Latinos.

Post-racial society?  Hardly.

But speaking of racial profiling, it’s the perfect entry point into the discussion of the newest member of the New York Jets, Antonio Cromartie…the troublesome Antonio Cromartie.  Cromartie came to the Jets by way of a trade with the San Diego Chargers.  Yes, that would be the same San Diego, home to the “Compton Cookout” controversy on the campus of UCSD.  Yes, that would be the same “Compton Cookout” where “educated” college students took to ridiculing the worst of Black stereotypes in “celebration” of Black History Month.

I know what some are you thing…”where is he going with this?”

Here’s where…

Antonio Cromartie signed a 5-year $12 million contract with the San Diego Chargers in 2006, 7.35 million of which was guaranteed.

Four years later, the New York Jets had to ADVANCE Cromartie $500,000 to enable him to address his “paternity issues.”

Yes, “paternity issues.”

Cromartie at age 25 has 7 children, by 6 different women across 5 states and is behind on child support by at least $25,000.  All of the children are age 6 or younger.   According to court records Cromartie has failed to appear in court on two different occasions regarding moving violations and his driver license status is in doubt.  Specifically, he tried to get a California license in 2006 (to replace his Florida one) but could not pass the written portion then and has not since.

But wait, there’s more…

Cromartie has been named in “at least” five paternity suits in the past three years alone, meaning the official tally of how many kids are his is legally still in doubt and may rise considerably.

Yes, “at least” five.  Could be six, could be eight, who knows?  But “at least” five.

Antonio Cromartie is 25, broke and the embodiment of many of the worst that Black stereotypes have to offer.

The question today is whether we as African-Americans should be more upset at the racist stereotypes being “celebrated” at a college frat party or at the behavior of those like Antonio Cromartie which feed into them?  This is not an either-or postulation, there’s room to be mightily offended by both.

Let’s remember, social capital is a finite resource and how we spend it on the issues of race invariably matters.  There’s room to attack both of these issues simultaneously, but I take particular exception to individuals like Antonio Cromartie.

Some 12 million Cromartie dollars later, we have at least 7 more children of color with neither an emotionally available father nor the financial support system in which to raise them.  That is shameful.

The “Compton Cookout” was hideously offensive to be sure…but this pains Mo’Kelly far worse.

Lil Wayne

Far, far worse.

Wide receiver and father Plaxico Burress…jail.  Star guard and unwed father (2 children) Gilbert Arenas…on his way to jail.  Rapper Lil Wayne, unwed father of 4 children (two born simultaneously to different women)…just finished tucking himself in…you got it, prison.  Black male pathology is in full swing.  It’s not funny and it’s not a figment of one’s imagination.  It’s true and we should recognize it for what it is.

It is unacceptable, that’s what it is.  There will be no “partridge in a pear tree jokes” today.

As sorry of an individual Antonio Cromartie must be to father 7 children with 6 women across 5 states, how sorry is our community to neither put a stop to individuals such as him or condemn the behavior with the same veracity we condemned the “Compton Cookout?”

Mo’Kelly doesn’t want to see African-Americans mocked on college campuses or having nooses dangled in derision.  At the same time, Mo’Kelly especially doesn’t want to see the likes of Antonio Cromartie breathe life into the worst of those same Black male stereotypes.

I don’t want to hear any excuses and I definitely don’t want any “explanations” as to why Cromartie gets a pass (no football pun intended) and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity doesn’t.

Neither should.

To have seven children (proven thus far) with 6 women across 5 states by age 25 isn’t funny, isn’t acceptable or explainable in any way.  For all the protests and outrage (rightfully) directed at UC San Diego and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, some should have been directed at Cromartie too.  I mean, it’s the same damn city.

The troublesome Antonio Cromartie…

Both have measurable and deleterious effects and must be addressed if we as a society are ever to overcome the issue of race.  We in the African-American community must approach the Antonio Cromarties of the world with the same righteous indignation we do a “Compton Cookout.”  Otherwise, in the not-so-distant future we will have bankrupted our social capital account and impugned our moral authority once and for all.

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Mo’Kelly’s KDIA Interview (AUDIO)

The Cole and B-Rich Show was kind enough to allow Mo’Kelly to stay for the entire program.  With that in mind, the audio has been separated into three parts, just in case you may not wish to hear the full 90 minutes.  The dialogue was rich, so you just might.

But this way, you have a better idea just how long the conversation lasted instead of listening to one long file.

Part One (27 mins.)

Part Two (21 mins.)

Part Three (38 mins.)

More on Cole & B-Rich HERE

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The Gun-Toting Black Athletes Affect All Black Males
01.18.2010, 2:11 PM
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Gilbert Arenas

Few debates in all of my years of editorial journalism have been this simple. For all the usual pushback Mo’Kelly would get in the discussion of guns within the African-American professional athlete community, the opposition is largely silent these days.

No surprise there.

With the death of boxing champion Vernon Forrest, murdered while chasing after a robber and his stolen Rolex; gun enthusiasts twisted the truth arguing that his social status and success made him the target. The truth of the matter was much less convoluted. Forrest’s gun only ensured his murder. If Forrest isn’t carrying a concealed weapon, he does not chase after armed robbers down a dark alley.

Barring any future unforeseen circumstances, Vernon Forrest would be alive and well today.

Last week, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in relation to bringing four guns to the Verizon Center. It is his second gun-related offense, meaning he’s had more than one opportunity to act with good sense.  While awaiting sentencing, Adidas dropped Arenas from his $40 million dollar endorsement deal and the Wizards are presently working to void his contract in full.

Guns just might have ended Arenas’ career, destroyed any level of marketability and most importantly may take away his freedom for an extended period of time.

Yes, guns have done a wonderful job protecting the life and livelihood of one Gilbert Arenas.

But wait, there’s more.

Marvin Harrison

Former NFL wide receiver Marvin Harrison is presently being investigated, under suspicion of murder. Depending on which reports you read, charges are on the way. Yes, guns have done a yeoman’s job in protecting athletes and their interests.

That’s not including former Tennessee basketball player Tyler Smith. Guns likely have ended his professional career before it even began.

Plaxico Burress anyone? Normally I would hope he reads this, but Mo’Kelly doesn’t think Plax will get to check his email from jail. Even if he does, he probably doesn’t want to hear from Mo’Kelly on this subject.

Usually there is one exception and they also say the exception proves the rule. As it stands, there is no exception here. Guns outside the home, obtained or transported illegally have not made athletes safer and its a specious argument that needs to end. Guns are ending the careers of African-American professional athletes, not protecting them. Mo’Kelly can’t find ONE example of how concealed weapons have protected the professional athlete carrying it.

Not ONE.

How many more must lose everything before we get the message?

Yes, “we.”

Given the prevalence and persistence of these issues amongst Black athletes and not White ones it must come down to a difference in choices. Black athletes are not “more” likely to be targeted than White ones, only seemingly more likely to make choices in which put their safety in doubt.

The worst part of all of this is that these athletes are willfully contributing to the negative stereotypes of Black men that the whole of our community must deal with incessantly. Gilbert Arenas puts Mo’Kelly in danger. Marvin Harrison puts Mo’Kelly in danger. Plaxico Burress puts Mo’Kelly in danger. Society treats Black men relative to incidents like these. Legislation is created in relation to incidents such as these.

Thank you guys for helping legitimize the stereotypes of Black men as being violent and felonious, irrespective of educational or financial status. Their collective criminality affects all Black males, not just the ones who willingly gave away their careers (and lives) for the sake of faux machismo.

Few debates in all of my years of editorial journalism have been this simple. For all the usual pushback Mo’Kelly would get in the discussion of guns within the African-American professional athlete community, the opposition is largely silent these days.

The truth of the matter is that there is no “other” side to this discussion. There is no opposition. It is a figment of one’s imagination. There is no good reason for professional athletes carrying concealed weapons when legal, private security exist as an affordable option. For all the entourages and worthless “associates” on athletes’ payrolls, it’s even more ridiculous why some African-American athletes can’t make the right decision. Affordability is simply not an intelligent excuse.

The desire to carry a concealed weapon is nothing more than misguided machismo wrapped in stupidity. The actions of Arenas, Burress, Harrison et al. don’t only endanger lives of those carrying the guns, but the collateral damage impacts the perception and safety of all Black men.

The Mo’Kelly Report is an entertainment journal with a political slant; published weekly at www.eurweb.com. It is meant to inform, infuse and incite meaningful discourse…as well as entertain. The Mo’Kelly Report is syndicated by Blogburst. For more Mo’Kelly, http://mokellyreport.wordpress.com.  Mo’Kelly can be reached at mrmokelly@gmail.com and he welcomes all commentary.

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Gilbert Arenas Suspended Indefinitely by NBA (Damn Right!)
01.06.2010, 1:44 PM
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Agent Zero is DONEFrom ESPN.com

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NEW YORK — NBA commissioner David Stern has indefinitely suspended Gilbert Arenas, saying the Washington Wizards guard is “not currently fit to take the court” for a game.

(Mo’Kelly – BRAVO David, BRAVO)

Stern says in a statement Wednesday that Arenas’ actions will “ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse.”

Because Arenas violated NBA rules by bringing guns into Washington’s locker room, Stern decided to punish Arenas now. He said the suspension begins immediately.

Stern says he originally planned to wait for the criminal investigation to be completed before taking action, and directed the Wizards to do the same.

Every game Arenas ends up missing during the suspension will cost him $147,208.

The suspension comes after multiple media reports over the weekend said that a dispute over a gambling debt led to a conflict between Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Multiple sources told ESPN.com that an argument commenced during a card game on the team’s overnight flight back to Washington from Phoenix on Dec. 19 and escalated into a heated exchange between Arenas and Crittenton. The Wizards had Dec. 20 off, but sources say hostilities between the two resumed Dec. 21 in the locker room on a practice day.

Sources say that Arenas, in response to what was said on the flight, placed the three guns on a chair near Crittenton’s locker stall and invited him to pick one before practice on Dec. 21. Sources said that Crittenton subsequently let Arenas know that he had his own gun.

The Washington Post reported in Sunday’s editions that Arenas, according to sources, was expecting Crittenton to see the guns on his chair as a joke based on the earlier back-and-forth on the plane, during which Crittenton allegedly said that he would shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired knee. But Crittenton, according to Post, reacted angrily and tossed one of the guns to the floor, saying he had his own.

In his statement, Arenas confirmed that the guns were brought out at the Dec. 21 practice.

“As I have said before, I had kept the four unloaded handguns in my house in Virginia but then moved them over to my locker at the Verizon Center to keep them away from my young kids,” the statement read. “I brought them without any ammunition into the District of Columbia, mistakenly believing that the recent change in the D.C. gun laws allowed a person to store unloaded guns in the District. On Monday, December 21st, I took the unloaded guns out in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate.

Full story HERE

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Gilbert Arenas Guns – UNLICENSED (You Idiot!)

This from TMZ

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NBA star Gilbert Arenas didn’t have a license to possess the guns he stored in his locker in D.C…. law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We’re told there were four guns in Arenas’ locker that were turned over to police, including a gold-plated Desert Eagle — a gigantic handgun.

Arenas could be charged for “CPWL”– carrying a pistol without a license.

As we previously reported, Arenas could also face assault charges stemming from the alleged gun-toting standoff with a teammate on Xmas Eve.

D.C. cops plan to bring in Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders today for questioning. GM Ernie Grunfeld will be brought in later this week.

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Gilbert Arenas Releases ‘Gun Apology’ Statement

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with law enforcement officials today. As the person who caused this trouble in the first place, I thought it was my duty to be the first witness to come forward and meet with the prosecutors and detectives. I told my attorney I wanted to get in for an interview as soon as we could arrange it, and that was today.

I told the detectives and prosecutors the whole story about my storing the unloaded guns at the Verizon Center and what I was intending to do when I took them out of my locker on December 21st.

As I have said before, I had kept the four unloaded handguns in my house in Virginia, but then moved them over to my locker at the Verizon Center to keep them away from my young kids. I brought them without any ammunition into the District of Columbia, mistakenly believing that the recent change in the DC gun laws allowed a person to store unloaded guns in the District.

On Monday, December 21st, I took the unloaded guns out in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. Contrary to some press accounts, I never threatened or assaulted anyone with the guns and never pointed them at anyone.

Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong. I should not have brought the guns to DC in the first place, and I now realize that there’s no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns — even if unloaded.

I am very sorry for the effect that my serious lapse in judgment has had on my team, my teammates, the National Basketball Association and its fans. I want to apologize to everybody for letting them down with my conduct, and I promise to do better in the future.

I also want to thank the detectives and prosecutors on the case for the professionalism and courtesy they showed me during the interview today. I stand ready to continue to give my full cooperation to them and to the League as they investigate this incident.”

The Mo’Kelly Report is an entertainment journal with a political slant; published weekly at www.eurweb.com. It is meant to inform, infuse and incite meaningful discourse…as well as entertain. The Mo’Kelly Report is syndicated by Blogburst. For more Mo’Kelly, http://mokellyreport.wordpress.com.  Mo’Kelly can be reached at mrmokelly@gmail.com and he welcomes all commentary.

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