Richard Sherman Gives Statement On Police Killings & Leaves

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon E. Curvey

As we know sports and politics and just being a African American or a person of color has mixed together the last month or so. As we know it has been thrown in the national spotlight by 49er QB and former guest on “Music Inner City TV (f) Sports Inner City TV”, Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick started to take a knee of kneel during the national anthem and his protest has spread like wildfire in America. I for one is happy to see this happen because the issue of race and racism is real and it is getting worse sorry to say with Donald Trump running for President of The United States. He has brought the issue of race out in the public eye with his crazy comments.

Guys like Boomer Esiason and Trent Dilfer and Shaquille O’Neal and Jerry Rice and others in the sports world have disagreed with Kaepernick’s stand to discuss the issue of police shootings of unarmed African Americans and people of color in the United States. Is this because these brothas do not want to get fired by the businesses who pay them to do commercials and marketing? I say yes.

But then there is guys like Shannon Sharpe and Stephen A. Smith and Doug Baldwin and sports icons Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown and others who support what Kaepernick has started. And also a brotha here in Seattle who we know is not afraid to speak his mind on issues of race, Richard Sherman. I am very very proud he is a member of our Seattle Seahawks.

The other day, Sherman who holds a weekly press conference with the media regarding the past Seahawks game and the next game, talked a little bit about the next game with the San Francisco 49ers (Kaepernick’s team), then he shocked everyone by making a statement about African American unarmed men being shot by police.

He made his statement about his team the Seahawks and some members of the team trying to bring awareness to the issue of police killings of unarmed African Americans though different protests around the NFL. Sherman refused to answer any questions about the upcoming game and instead made his statement. Sherman feels all the protests by various players around the league and even outside the league are being ignored.

Richard Sherman said “We need black fathers to be in the community to stay for their kids, but they’re being killed in the street for nothing. For putting their hands on their cars. And I think this is the unfortunate part, that’s the unfortunate place that we’re living in. And something needs to be done. And when a guy takes a knee, you can ignore it. You can say he’s not being patriotic, he’s not honoring the flag, I’m doing none of those things. I’m saying, straight up, this is wrong and we need to do something. So thanks you guys, have a blessed day.” And he then left.

Again I am so proud of Sherman. Here is a question, besides former Seattle Mariner Adam Jones, where are the Major League Baseball players who are African American voices? They are silent. Unlike the NFL players. Have not heard from NBA players yet. Training camps are starting next week and then pre-season games. Will NBA players take a knee etc? Rumors are some will.

The bottom line to me is this. I am happy for Sherman because maybe he is seeing what I have seen about the media here in this city. And that is the lack of diversity in sports media in this city on radio and tv. These situations that Sherman feels is being ignored is because of the lack of color and diversity in this market. So when issues of racism and race pops up, like it always does, you have folks “trying” to discuss a issue they know NOTHING about or as Sherman says, it will get ignored. This is the Seattle/Tacoma sports media.

This is why “Sports Inner City TV” and “Sports Inner City Online” www.sportsinnercity.com is badly needed. And my goal is to have as many brothas on the Seahawks (would say Mariners but only one African American on the team) and Huskies etc conduct interviews with us. Someone they can relate to and have a understanding with.

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Unfair Treatment Of Seattle Mariner Broadcaster Dave Sims

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon E. Curvey

This story has been building up and building up and now enough is enough in my opinion. It seems a lot of folks do not like the way Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims broadcasts games on TV/Radio. I am trying to figure out why?

Some FYI. Dave Sims is the only lead broadcaster who is African American in the three major sports, football, basketball and baseball. So in reality sorry to say he is under a microscope. I think Dave knows this. Because of this microscope, it seems cats want to jump on Twitter and put Dave on blast. It has got worse lately and I am not happy about it. Dave is one of the nicest fellas you can meet and is a role model.

Dave is a role model for young inner city kids who want to be in broadcasting when they get older. Heck their are not to many African American male role models on TV in the Seattle/Tacoma market. There is Warren Moon, Steve Pool, Essix Porter, Jesse Jones, Dave Sims and myself. That’s about it. This is sad. Seattle/Tacoma radio and TV market is a Top 15 market but for some reason their is not to many African American males on TV. Plenty of African American females, not males.

I am proud of Dave Sims. I consider him a friend. And in my opinion he is a great broadcaster. He does also calls football too. One thing he does and I am very happy about is when ever he can, he brings up the fact that young inner city African American kids are not playing baseball like back in the day. And he also talks about African American players of the past and also the lack of African Americans in MLB currently as players and managers.

Folks get on Twitter and say “Sims SUCKS”  and more. This morning on local sports radio KJR, Mitch Levy said “Last night I had the game on TV and listening on radio” That was a subtle blasting of Dave Sims. I caught what Mitch was saying. It was a dig at Dave Sims. Dave Mahler also on KJR made a subtle criticism of Sims.

One guy on Twitter (Steve Sandmayer) who blasted Sims is a guy who was formally a sports jock on KJR and another smaller sports station. This cat cannot hold a job in sports radio and now is doing a sports podcast. When he was on radio, in my opinion I thought he was terrible!! BUT he has the nerves to talk negative about Sims!! GIVE ME A BREAK READERS!! This person needs to stay quiet on another persons style over the air because he was terrible!!

All the Sims haters will not like it but Dave is not going anywhere. So I guess the hating of him will continue. I interviewed Sims recently via Skype from his hotel room in Arlington, Texas when the Mariners was in town to play the Rangers. We discussed his career and more including a health scare he had. The interview will air soon on “Music Inner City TV (f) “S.I.C -TV”/Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand/all west coast markets of Washington State-Oregon and California/go to “get local” and then “inner city tv”

The haters will continue to hate on Dave Sims but I am not one of them. Sorry to say 99% of the folks hating on Sims are not African American. Ummm I wonder why ladies and gentlemen?

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Garfield High Players Kneel During Anthem Here In Seattle

ARTICLE FROM theroot.com (Full story click here)

What a surprise to see a school here in Seattle make the national news. If you are from Seattle and grew up in the Central Area of Seattle, you already know about Garfield High School. It is known for it’s many titles in basketball and also for it’s nationally known jazz band along with the school I went to high school at Roosevelt High.

But Garfield High made the news for another reason the last few days. Because the entire football team took a knee during the national anthem before a game with West Seattle here in Seattle. Not just the players but the head coach and the rest of the coaches. Plus some of West Seattle players also took a knee during the anthem before the game. It was something the players on the Garfield Bulldogs wanted to do.

Of course the anthem protest was started by former guest (two times) on “Music Inner City TV/”Sports Inner City TV”, 49er QB Colin Kaepernick. He started the protest because of what he felt was unfair treatment of African Americans and people of color here in the United States. And it has spread big time all over the U.S. among football players in the pros and now high school sports. There has been protests in the soccer arena and more.

Of course you have uninformed guys like Tony La Russa who recently blasted Kaepernick and his protest. This is from a guy who if you Google his name and then look for his problems with African American baseball players he managed, you will see La Russa had a lot of problems with African Americans and has been called a racist more than once. Heck he is with a team now, the Arizona Diamondbacks that has a grand total of ONE African American player in former Mariner Rickie Weeks. So I think La Russa needs to chill and not say anymore on this topic.

You have others like Trent Dilfer and Boomer Esiason and more who have joined La Russa in speaking out against the anthem protest. And even….yes Donald Trump. On the other hand their are sports icons like Hall Of Fame members Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabber and entertainer and another icon Harry Belafonte and actress Kerry Washington and more are supporting what Kaepernick started.

Shout out to Garfield High School and Head Coach Joey Thomas for realizing at a young age that racism is alive and well in America. I deal with it EVERYDAY as a Adult School Crossing Guard with the Seattle Public Schools. I deal with the “slient” racism which is the worse kind. We will be doing more stories on this very interesting topic. Because it is not going away anytime soon.

Seahawks Win With Late Wilson To Baldwin TD

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

More Seattle Seahawks news coming at ya on “Sports Inner City TV” webcast that will include “In The Locker Room” of the Seattle Seahawks and more!

First of all I am happy as hell because FOOTBALL IS BACK!! And since I was not packing my stuff to head to Century Link to cover the game, I was parked in front of my big screen starting in the early morning on Sunday to get ready for the 10am games on NFL Red Zone.

Who ever thought of the NFL Red Zone, thanks for doing this for us football fans because the Red Zone is off the chain!! Going from one game to another game. And there was some great games on the 1st Sunday of the season. And one of the great games was here in Seattle.

The Seahawks hosted the Miami Dolphins at Century Link Field which is only 5 minutes from my apartment.

This was a tough game for the Seahawks. We already knew that the O line was a huge question mark. And we saw that question mark during the game. For the first 11 times Seattle had the ball, they punted six times. They also had a few turnovers. The Hawks ended up with only a few field goals. Seahawks fans for sure are not used to seeing their team score so little. We are used to seeing Russell Wilson running all over the field and throwing touchdowns and our running game racking up the yards game after game. But not this game.

A big scare happened in the 3rd quarter to QB Russell Wilson when he was sacked by Portland, Oregon’s own Ndamukong Suh. He suffered an ankle injury. After that injury he did not look to good. But he hung in their even though he was moving very lightly. It will be interesting to see if this injury will hang around for awhile.

Anyway in the 4th, and the Seahawks behind by 4 points, Wilson led the team on a 14 play, 75 yard drive. And the drive ended in a short 2 yard td pass to Doug Baldwin. Folks Baldwin is really turning into a really good player who has national press saying some very good things about him. That is great for Doug.

Hawks won 12-10 but of course this was not a easy win. And now it is on to next game on the road in Los Angeles and first home game for a NFL team on L.A. in two decades.This will not be a easy game.

Russell Wilson was 27-43 for 258 yards and one td and one int. Christine Michael was 15 for 66 yards and Thomas Rawls was12 for 32 yards. Doug Baldwin caught nine passes for 92 yards. And Jermaine Kearse caught five passes for 57 yards. KJ Wright led the Seahawks with 11 tackles. with three solo tackles. He played a great game as did Jeremy Lane who was all over the field.

So now it is back to practice to get ready for the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams always play the Seahawks very tough when they were the St. Louis Rams. By the way how do you think the fans in St. Louis will feel watching the Rams first regular season game in L.A? Of course we know the feeling because our Seattle Sonics left here for the dust town Oklahoma City in 2008. I will report on that next week.

Was Cam Newton Treated Unfairly? Hell Yes!!

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

It was sad what I watched this past Thursday in the first NFL game of the season between the teams that met in the Super Bowl, the champs Denver Broncos vs the Carolina Panthers in Denver.

Sad because of the mistreatment of NFL MVP QB Cam Newton. This cat took a beating by the Broncos. A beating to the head and the refs allowed it to happen. The question is why? Were the refs blind like the late great Ray Charles or another icon Stevie Wonder? What in the hell were the refs looking at? They did not see that Cam was getting blasted by helmet to helmet hits? What I saw was a outrage.

And I am reading today that the NFLPA and the NFL are going to review the handling of the hits on Newton. Well duh!! Hell yeah they need to review the hits because what I saw was totally out of line!! If you like Cam or not, you have to admit something wrong was going on.

Where in the HELL was the medical team’s response to the blatant hits on Newton? There was ZERO calls for the new Concussion Protocal in the NFL to help Cam.  Newton took about four helmet to helmet hits on Thursday night’s game in which the Panthers got beat 21-20 in a very exciting game. Newton took a vicious hit on the Panthers last series. Heck only one penalty was called.

Readers when Cam took took the big helmet to helmet hit, he laid on the damn ground hurt.  Nothing was done. The medical officials I guess looked at video and refs went over to Newton when he finally got up and in their opinion, he was OK. The NFL on this past Friday said the leagues concussion protocal was done right. In my opinion that was BS!! It was NOT handled right.

I can go on and on about the mistreatment of Cam Newton. Because readers as a sports fan, I was and still am real upset about how Newton was treated by the refs and the NFL in all the hits he took in the game. Plain as day. Helmet to helmet hits. Basically no calls. The refs said “Oh this is Cam Newton getting hit in the helmet, good for him. I am not going to call shit.” That is what happened.

Remember this is Cam Newton. The man who dances and wears Superman stuff and daps and does commercials and other things. I remember games last season when Cam hit hard and late and nothing was called. This is becoming a habit. Is this a “payback” by refs to say they were not going to call stuff on the showboat Cam Newton? I say YES! And this is very very wrong sports fans.

I do not care if you are a fan of the Seahawks for which I am or what ever. The lack of calls against Cam Newton was one of the worst things I have ever seen in sports and I hope I never see again.