"Most Powerful Pages On The Planet"
March 9, 2009
Volume 2 - No. 8
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
A Weekly Publication
Dallas Sports Talk, Commentaries Laced With Redneck Bias, Racial Undertones
Former Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens Victimized, but Represents What Good Black Men Do
Terrell Owens Meant More Than Football to Dallas Fans/Youth
DALLAS- The railroading of former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens out of Dallas brings to the surface a darker side of the Dallas Sports Talk scene.
Dallas Sports Talk and commentary is influenced and dominated mostly by biased White men with “chips” on their shoulders who are jealous and intimidated by the talents and skills of successful and good Black men.
Case in point, Randy Galloway of ESPN's 103.3 FM Galloway and Company (GAC) and the Star-Telegram; WFAA Channel 8 Sportscaster Dale Hanson; Norm Hitzges of Sport Radio AM 1310-The Ticket and ESPN Sportscaster Ed Werder by far are more responsible for Owen's departure from the Cowboys than Jerry Jones or any other one factor.
They used their microphones and television platforms to promote and project their own personal hatreds, biases, opinions, egos and attitudes about Owens on the public and set up a negative image and spin against Owens with venomous words.
The sad part about the Owens incident is their slanted and open disdain for Owens spewed and spilled over into every column, radio commentary and television opinions about him.
Their attacks on Owens fly right in the face of any Black man who works hard and is encouraged seeing the success of a Terrell Owens.
As a Black man, their words and attacks are no laughing matter. I find their comments mired in “racial” innuendo and racist stereotypes and I not only resent those descriptions and the wholesale “poaching” and “hunting”, but also the “verbal lynching” of a good Black man.
Good Black men don't appreciate attacks on other good Black men.
It is downright dirty and disrespectful to refer to or describe this successful Black man with a clean record as “bad”, “selfish”, “ a toxic spill”, “an idiot”, a “moron” and a “problem” and a “sucker” a team “wrecker” and other derogatory terms.
T.O.'s railroading out of Dallas was further exacerbated by Werder's barrage of yellow journalism stories and reports using leaks, “coward's comments, “inside sources” and unattributed quotes to create negative media reports and fan the flames at Valley Ranch between Owens, Quarterback Tony Romo and Tight End Jason Witten.
His biased reporting caused friction in the locker room and hurt his chances of working with Coach Wade Phillips and Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett.
It is typical of some sports writers in White America who do not understand the meaning of “Good Black Man.”
It goes farther than running a passing route or catching a touchdown pass.
These men are in the business of doing their best to keep upstanding Black men in sports in their place.
The tactics used on T. O. remind me of the same practices used during slavery to control slaves on the plantation by taking the high profile slave and using discipline to intimidate the masses.
(Run him down and the others will know their place and fall in step.)
These public commentators used their barrage of objections and opinions to break T.O.'s popularity and tear down his positive image in the Dallas community.
Despite what the Dallas Sports media wrote or said, Owens is kind and was respected by many of his teammates. He also did much for the Dallas and surrounding community.
Last December, he drew Hollywood celebrities to help raise money for 81 families for his Catch A Dream Foundation.
The Terrell Owens Catch A Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization created to help underprivileged families and children with the goal of helping eliminate the lack of basis daily needs from households by providing the necessary resources that children need.
Owens also hosted several football camps for youth in the Metroplex.
Owens was not perfect, but he is a role model and an example of a Black man who used his celebrity to promote positive examples to children and who represented his team on and off the field with decency and honor. He was an accomplished author, a manner able man raised with values and a diligent and solid work ethic.
Terrell Owen's record as an NFL citizen in impeccable. He never had run-ins with the law, no off field drug problems or suspensions for violating any of the NFL's rules.
He is an upstanding citizen, but despite the good things about Owens, all those idiot commentators could do is cloud the issue and focus on words and disrespectful phrases that painted him as some kind of village fool.
Dallas Sports Talk needs an enema and those personalities that continue to attack minorities and fail to acknowledge good work and solid community role models need to be flushed and released from their duties.
Galloway – Highly paid, Old White Dallas radio commentator, writer – Never Played in NFL
Hanson – Highly paid, Old White Dallas Television personality – Never Played in NFL
Hitzges – Highly paid, Old White Dallas Radio personality – Never Played in the NFL
Werder – Highly paid, opportunist NFL journalist – Never Played in the NFL.
Who are these men and what gives them the right to disrespect Black men?
These are men who have not earned no Super Bowl rings and men who never played a down in the NFL. They are not qualified to speak on Owens the man, NFL issues and certainly can never understand the challenge of living and being Black in America.
In his three years with the Cowboys, Owens caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games. He led the NFL with 13 touchdowns receiving in 2006, his first season in Dallas.
Owens did his job is Dallas and did it well demonstrating that he is one of the most prolific wide receivers in the National Football League. He Proved himself and owes no one an explanation.
Like it or not, he is a confident competitor and as a Black man and there is nothing wrong with that given the history in America.
Those facts were neither respected nor recognized by Galloway, Hitzges or Werder or Hanson and others like them.
All these men had a bone to pick and axes to grind with T.O. And sharpened and picked until it got him cut from the Cowboys.
What is even sadder is how owner Jerry Jones bowed to the pressure of these men, knowing full well that Owens did not deserve the insults and constant brow beating and thrashings by Galloway, Hitzges, Hanson or Werder.
Shame on all of you. Shame on Jones and the Dallas Cowboys organization.
This issue was much larger that Terrell Owens.
Things will never improve on any front in America as long as we have stubborn people who persist to run down and disrespect Black role models who are dedicated to investing and lifting up the community.
Each one of these men owes an apology to all Black men and the Black community for your disrespect, lack of sensitivity and negligence.