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|Reds Wont Give Up Draft Pick To Sign Cruz - RealGM Wiretap The Cincinnati Reds aren't likely to sign free-agent Nelson Cruz.
"I would say no Mark Bavaro Giants Jersey ," Walt Jocketty said when asked about Cruz. "We don't want to give up the draft pick. I like the way our club is now."
Cruz is widely believed to be the top offensive player left on the market.
Harper Excited About Additions Move Back To Left Field - RealGM Wiretap
Bryce Harper is excited about the additions the Nationals have made this offseason.
Washington acquired Denard Span in one of their moves, which should move Harper back to left field as Span takes over in center.
Span's "going to be great for us in center field, at the top of the lineup giving us some speed," Harper said. "He gets on base a lot and that's going to be good for our whole lineup."
锘? The breaking news was a total surprise. Football fans who had tuned in to ESPN to see a preseason game between last years two Super Bowl teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, were immediately transfixed with the news that Michael Vick was the newest Philadelphia Eagle.
Vick, one of the most celebrated football stars in history and one of the wealthiest African Americans in professional sports, had become somewhat of a social pariah because of his involvement in a heinous dog fighting ring. After the allegations became public two years ago Lawrence Taylor Giants Jersey , Vick instantly went from one of Americas most beloved stars to probably its most hated.
Despite the fact that Vicks actions in the aforementioned dog fighting were indeed heinous, the punishment and the public fallout were extremely excessive. Many critics believed, and still believe, that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback should be barred from making a living in the National Football League permanently.
As a publisher of an online magazine, I marvel how technology has transformed the way in which the media communicates with its audience. What once was a one sided relationship, has become reciprocal, as readers of various publications and viewers and listeners of television and radio shows can voice their opinions just as easily as the manager of a media enterprise.
However, as an African American it shocks me to hear the anger that many non Black members of our great nation have when it comes to their opinions of wealthy African Americans. Practically all of the protestors against Vicks signing with the Eagles were White Phil McConkey Giants Jersey , and practically all of Vicks supporters were African American. The fact of the matter is the uproar over Vicks crime would not have resulted in such a harsh sentence if he was not one of many wealthy African Americans in the NFL with a football contract worth over $130 million at the time, in addition to his many endorsement deals.
Although we have come far as a nation when it comes to race relations, incidents always occur that lets us know that we have so far to go. When President Barack Obama was elected many believed we were in a post racial America. However, the threats and ridicule he has received from a certain bigoted segment of our population lets us know that many are not willing to accept powerful and wealthy African Americans.
Furthermore, many falsely believe if they do not utter racial epithets and say all of the political correct things in public, that somehow they are immune from expressing prejudice and racism. In actuality, many times our racist thoughts are subconscious, and deep down all of us our prejudice in some form or fashion. Subconsciously Carl Banks Jersey , what many Americans have a problem with is not that Vick tortured dogs, which he was totally wrong for, but that this African American male from the ghettoes of Virginia can come out of incarceration and become an instant millionaire by jotting his signature on the dotted lines.
Even for those of us who are not blessed with a million dollar contract, everyone from wealthy African Americans to poor White Americans, deserve an opportunity to right the wrongs in their life. No matter how severe the crime, we all need and deserve forgiveness, including Vick.
I know what Michael was accused and convicted of, and I dont like it at all Harry Carson Jersey , Eagles teammate Donovan McNabb wrote on his blog. I have had dogs all my life and consider myself a dog lover. I am in no way excusing Michael for what happened, but he was punished for his crime. He served his time and, at least I believe, he has learned from it. I believe Michael is a changed person, and that he deserves a chance at putting his life back together.
Nevertheless, the hatred that is aimed towards wealthy African Americans does not have to stem from criminal activity. After the shocking death of Michael Jackson, his family began receiving the type of media scrutiny that they once received at the height of their popularity.
Much attention was placed on Jacksons three young children and the details of the will that gave 40 percent of his earnings to his mother Katherine, 40 percent to his three children and 20 percent to charity. When CNNs Nancy Grace asked another legal expert on her show if Katherine could give her portion of the earnings to her children and husband Michael Strahan Jersey , Grace shook her head in disgust that all of the money would not go to his children.
I often wonder, if the fact that the skin of Jacksons kids is fair had anything to do with the medias concern for their welfare. If the three children had darker skin would news outlets such as CNN have been so concerned about their welfare and the allegations that their grandfather Joe had physically abused his own children?
Furthermore, would Grace had been so disgusted to think that Jacksons parents and siblings could inherit hundreds of millions of dollars if all parties involved had dark skin? Throughout the history of this country, many wealthy White Americans .