Monday, January 15, 2018

Athletes Attacked

By Jeff Simpson

I am starting to see a trend and it all fits within the same Venn Diagram.

First, Scott Walker lets us know that he and his van stealing son, were very disappointed and angry that Ryan Braun lied about taking steroids.   The Governor, who has a "true" rating on the right leaning politifact of 13%, is upset that Ryan Braun lied to him. 

It is easy when your one strength is dividing people:

  to attack pro athletes, most of whom are minorities, to get people turned against them.   We all love playing baseball, why cant they just enjoy the fact that they make millions playing a game we wish we could......  

It is a page right out of the right wing playbook and now Tom Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, is playing that card with Sammy Sosa.   Ricketts recently let everyone know, that before Sosa would be welcome back to Cubland, there were conditions needing to be met. 

"Players from that era owe us a little bit of honesty," Ricketts said Saturday during the team's annual fan convention. "The only way to turn that page is to put everything on the table."
"I just think we need to put everything on the table and move forward, full stop," Ricketts said.
Sammy Sosa was one of the greatest former Cubs, who helped bring fan interest back to the game of baseball after the strike and who also took steroids.  Sosa, has been demonized and ostracized ever since and while the rich white men of the era (Bud Selig) are immortalized, the players who brought the game back to major profitability were thrown under the bus. 

Even though, Ricketts, had absolutely no ties to Cubs during the Sammy Sosa era, he is going to make Sosa come begging to him to get back in the clubs good graces.

Ricketts, has different categories of who he expects honesty from.   Ricketts was a major donor to the Scott Walker for President campaign (he knows how to pick a winner), then when Scott Walker blew through over $10 million dollars in three months, received 0.0% support in the Republican presidential primary and went home with his tail between his legs, transferred his support to The Donald.   That support equaled over one million dollars!

While Mr. Ricketts says he wants to keep the Cubs and Politics seperate, that is fine, but he can not seperate from his own hypocrisy. 

While Ricketts has never had to pay a penny to Sosa, he expects a "little honesty" from him before he is allowed to be associated with the team he just bought.

Ricketts has given over $1 million to The Donald, who tells approximately 5.5 lies a day, and has never once asked for a "little honesty" from him.

Maybe, Ricketts just believes that everyone should follow the rules and that there should be no exceptions, even if they are on your team. 

Unfortunately that is not the case either, because TD Ameritrade (the company his father founded and allowed him his life of privilege), has been fined numerous times for breaking the law.  I doubt that Ricketts has asked his dad for a "little honesty" before he was allowed in the park.

The reality is too many politicians know how to push buttons to make sure that you are looking over there and not at them.

It is also one of the specialties of their good friend - The Donald!

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” 

While professional athletes make it easy to attack, they are fair game of the Walkers/Ricketts mainly because of their race.  They want to make sure that they know their place in our society. 

Gladiators only..... 

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Rickets calling for truth strikes me as a bit odd. I was born into a Cubs fan family and spent my forlorn loyalties on them waiting for that World Series win. Then I read that Rickets was promoting the birther movement. I no longer follow MLB now. Rickets wouldnt know the truth if it bit him on his A$$.