…And Now Kobe Bryant Is On A Pedestal Because He ‘Played’ Basketball And Died

 

Have you any idea of the names of the people all around the world who died on Sunday? Of course not and the world does not know their names because they were not ex-NBA players or NFL players. They did not play pro-golf. They did not sing, rap or ‘playact’ in a movie.

I wrote a blog a while back titled, “My Thoughts On Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston And The Burden Of Fame!” and even though it was a hit, nothing has changed. We still put so-called celebrities on pedestals. And when they die, everyone and his mother, cousin, uncle, aunt and nephew is screeching and wailing about thoughts and prayers. We are ALL going to die! But it seems that only those who become a household word for merely shooting hoops for the NBA or who run a football across the field for an NFL team or who has a voice for singing or who can act in movies and become famous for doing so are ever thought of as more than what they are; mere mortals who are going to die just like the rest of us. None of us knows the hour, the minute or the second of the day that we are going to die. And the vast majority of us will die and be buried with little to no fanfare. No one outside of our circle of family, friends and acquaintances will even know that we perished and was buried. No one else will care and hell! Many times, hardly anyone cared. But because a man who made a name for himself by getting rich from shooting hoops, got into a helicopter with his daughter and several other people and decided to go ahead and fly in such bad weather conditions that it even kept LAPD air support from flying, it is time to get out the purple crepe, violins and swoon and wail over their demise.

Yes, it is a terrible shame that Kobe Bryant’s young daughter perished along with him and those others in that helicopter because the adults should have known better. Hell! The pilot should have refused to fly in those conditions, but, and I am taking a guess here, I can just about hear the conversation.

Helicopter pilot to Kobe Bryant: “Yeah boss, the weather conditions are not right for travel by this method and I would caution against travel at this time.”

Kobe Bryant to helicopter pilot: “I’ll give you $10,000 to get us to where we want to go.”

Helicopter pilot to Kobe Bryant: “Right Oh!”

Folks, you can’t take money with you. And it does not matter how much money you have because as you can see, it still did not keep that helicopter from crashing into a mountain in foggy weather.

But what I would like to know is this. If weather conditions were so bad that even LAPD air support could not fly, then why was Kobe Bryant’s helicopter given the okay to lift off? Oh that’s right. Money talks. The same rules in place that keep airplanes from taking off in bad weather should also pertain to helicopters; even those owned by the rich and famous because if that helicopter had gone down on someone’s house and not in a mountainous region, we would be hearing about even more deaths. We are already hearing about airplanes dumping fuel on top of people and parts falling from airplanes and so people who are on the ground are not safe from those who take to the skies. And if anyone on the ground had been hurt by Kobe Bryant’s private helicopter taking off in bad weather and crashing, well, too bad, so sad for them. Who were they? No one would care.

But let’s take a look at something. Kobe Bryant was rich and famous for playing pro-basketball. Basketball season runs from late October to early April. A professional basketball game in the national basketball association (nba) consists of four quarters of 12 minutes each, making the game last for 48 minutes. Wow! Almost six months of basketball at 48 minutes per game of dribbling and shooting hoops and a man becomes rich and famous and the world mourns when he dies. He dribbled a ball and shot hoops. He did not discover a cure for cancer or initiate world peace. Again, he dribbled a ball and shot hoops. This is what the masses are going nuts over; a man who dribbled balls and shot hoops. He did not rescue people from burning buildings. He did not separate conjoined twins and save both. He did not successfully perform a heart transplant. He did not cure AIDS, diabetes and Lupus. The man dribbled a basketball and shot hoops for 48 minutes on a basketball court and for that he became rich and famous and his name became a household word and so the world now mourns this man. For the love of !!!!!

Are there any sane people left on this planet? Are all of you brain dead idiots? The answer is most likely, “YES!” I have heard that ticket prices to the next Lakers game just shot through the roof all because a man who used to play for the Lakers was killed when his own helicopter crashed into mountains in bad weather.

A helicopter crash may have actually killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and those others on that helicopter, but what set that shit in motion was the arrogance of the rich in thinking that money cushions them even from weather conditions that would normally make any sensible person have serious doubts especially if they had a young child with them. If Kobe Bryant didn’t care if he flew in a helicopter in bad weather, he should have been concerned enough about his daughter to think of her safety and take a safer method of transportation to wherever they were going. If he had, the headlines for yesterday and today would lack at least nine names. From what I can see, riches and fame does not automatically equate with common sense and so the remains of nine people will be laid to rest. And we shall continue to put these people on pedestals even as they lack the sense god gave a goat because most of us are just as lacking in common sense as they were. More’s the pity in that we never learn.

Update! Just as I figured.

Helicopter in Kobe Bryant Crash Wasn’t Legal to Fly in Poor Visibility

Another factor is cost, some pilots said. “The customers don’t want to pay more, so they just go with one,” said David Zara, a commercial jet pilot who has flown regularly as a passenger in Sikorsky S-76s. “Legally, it can be flown with one pilot. Technically, it’s a very bad idea.”

The article is about the fact that this particular helicopter should not have been flying in that type of weather and especially with only one pilot onboard because other pilots have stated that in the event of bad weather, two pilots are needed.  The article also suggests that pilots don’t really need to have an instrument-based background because California is usually sunny and they can align themselves along a California freeway to guide them. Also, I don’t believe that cost would be a factor considering how rich Kobe Bryant was.  So in essence, that helicopter had no business in the sky that day. Oh well, maybe a lesson learned so that this doesn’t happen again.

LeBron James: NFL owners hold ‘slave mentality’ toward players

 

Like they’re the only ones who do!

LeBron James claims that the NBA owners hold their slaves in higher esteem than NFL owners. The claim by James is that the NBA owners have no problem with their slaves displaying a minimal amount of ‘field slave’ mentality when something happens to get their goat up as was the case when George Zimmerman gunned down unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. James and the other Black players were allowed to go so far as to wear hoodies onto the basketball court, ostensibly in honor of what Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was murdered by Zimmerman. Wow! Talk about being allowed to show your outrage! That was quite a display of outrage and solidarity with the field slaves those NBA owners allowed their house slaves to put on. They displayed such an amazing amount of outrage, I mistook them for dead people. I was quite outdone, I was. I hope you’re good at spotting sarcasm.

In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.”

James made the authoritative statement with star NFL running back Todd Gurley in the room, along with friend and business associate Maverick Carter, and Ice Cube. James then went on to express gratitude for the level of freedom NBA players are allowed to express themselves and voice their concerns.

“Yessum massa suh! We iz so glad you’ze gwine let us deesplaaa sum sort uh onering ov one uh hour own hue got hisself kilt by anovuh membuh uh de Klan, massa suh! It beez so kine uh u too let us due dis thang. We preciate yo kindness suh! cause dee massas o dee NFL don’t beez allowen dey slaves tu due dis!” – LeBron James

Seriously?!! Because that is basically what James was saying. How is his comment below any different from the one above it?

“I’m so appreciative in our league for our commissioner,” LeBron went on. “He doesn’t mind us having…a real feeling and to be able to express it. It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out. As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely ok with it.” – LeBron James

He is REAL appreciative that his white massa allows him and the other Black players to express, in the most mild manner possible, their feelings as they pertain to racial injustice, police brutality and racism. Yes indeed, he loves the fact that his massa ALLOWS them to express themselves in a “very educational, non-violent way.” Adam, James’s massa, just demands respect of his slaves when they witness other slaves getting fucked up for no reason by other massas. As long as James continues to head onto that basketball court and do what massa pays him to do in order for massa to make money off his ass, he can, respectful like, protest for a couple of minutes PRE game, but when it’s game time, cut the bullshit because he’s cracking the whip. Like in why whitey pasty asses laud the hell out of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for his so-called ‘non-violent’ stance of peacefully protesting against a lack of Civil Rights, Jim Crow, racial profiling, police brutality, high-powered hoses, dogs, no voting privileges and the goddamn list of the like is endless.

One thing we will never, ever see and that is a holiday devoted to Malcolm X because Malcolm X was for none of that bullshit about non-violent, peaceful protesting because he knew what Dr. King knew, but Dr. King was too much of massa’s house slave to say that the only way the white man is going to sit up and take notice is if you cause the flow of money to his ass to dry up. He don’t understand shit else. That mean, mean green is all he knows because that means power and as long as he is the owner of us, he has got the power. Fuck his shit up and your ass is grass and LeBron James and every single last one of those players regardless of whether or not they play for the NBA or the NFL are well aware that there is a line they’d better not cross. Whitey pasty ass will yank that chain attached to their Black ass back in line so fast, every motherfucker’s head will be spinning. Go against massa and you’re on your own. Get some highfalutin’ ideas in your head and no more millions for you! And the next thing you know, you’re accused of sexually assaulting some piece of trashy, filthy, pasty-faced female of their species and the millions you did ‘earn’ will go to legal fees, or in other words, to yet another white massa and to her skank ass. Ask Bill Cosby who once fancied himself as head of NBC.

LeBron James cannot even blame hits upside his damn head for his stupidity and stupid he is, I don’t care how much his net worth is. If he can stand somewhere and publicly claim that his white massa is any better than the white massas that own those NFL players, then he really is dumb as fuck. And to ‘thank’ those who in his words are a “bunch of old white men,” for allowing him a bit of leeway when it comes to protesting serious shit going down is slave mentality on his part and yet he is so stupid, he can’t even see that. We are blind to our own slavery and that is a sad ass fact. Even those who are supposedly educated are still unaware they they are in fact, slaves. Nothing more, nothing less.

This just goes to show that the white man has done his job well. The slaves don’t even know they’re slaves. They look at other Black people and think they’re still under the boot of slavery when in reality, we ALL are. Nothing has changed. Just because some of us have chains that allow us to go further than others does not mean that we are free. Just because massa has allowed some of us to gain fame and fortune because of what we can do for him does not mean that we are free. Again, look at what happened to Bill Cosby. That man had enough money to enable him to think about buying NBC and where is he? Sitting his ass inside a prison cell for allegedly drugging in order to seduce what to me, looks like the most hideous monster to ever slither across this planet. And what’s more, at one point in time, he was grateful to his white massas for allowing him to obtain fame and fortune to the point where he threw us field slaves under the bus for allegedly “stealing pound cake.” He obviously thought his slave chains had been broken and he was free. Massa sure showed him! 

And so to ALL you house slaves out there, if you think that you are in a better position because massa seems to favor you, you’ve got another think coming. Because believe me, step out of line and massa will show you, quick, fast and in a goddamn hurry that your ass is just as meaningless as those of us who are considered massa’s field slaves. You’ve only got something he values more, but display a field slave mentality, rebel and attempt to fuck up massa’s ability to make more money off your ass than he does ours and you’ll find yourself just as fucked up as we are! Count on it!