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Wayne Allyn Root: A message for LeBron James 4 (1)

by Wayne Allyn Root

Pro sports in America are dying in front of our very eyes. This will be a story taught in business schools across America for decades to come. The story is about how to kill a multibillion-dollar empire overnight with just your big mouth.

It’s about killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

It’s about the massive disconnect between sports stars and their customers — the people who pay their grossly inflated and obscene salaries.

You are killing yourselves. It’s clearly suicide. Stop talking politics. You’re going to be playing in front of empty stands forever.

I warned you weeks ago your ratings would plummet — just as they did when Colin Kaepernick kneeled. I was right. NBA playoff ratings are down dramatically, falling 35 percent from 16 percent last year. But they’re down much worse from five years ago. Soon your ratings will plummet even further.

The more you scream about the Black Lives Matter movement and “social justice,” the more fans will tune out. Soon, your apparel and memorabilia will stop selling. You’ve made a tragic mistake and miscalculation.

Before I get to the reason pro athletes should keep politics away from their sports, let me ask LeBron James and his NBA pals a few very important questions.

LeBron, how come you never said a word, let alone threatened to end the season, over black-on-black violence in big cities across the USA? Thousands of black young men are dying on the streets of inner cities. Why don’t you care?

LeBron, how about Chicago? Why doesn’t it bother you that 50 to 100 innocent citizens are being shot there nearly every weekend? The victims are virtually 100 percent black. Why isn’t that worth a boycott?

LeBron, how about the innocent little black children murdered in gang shootings in big cities across America? It happens every day. Why doesn’t that bother you?

LeBron, how about the millions of black babies aborted? Why not cancel the NBA season for that? Why doesn’t that bother you?

LeBron, has any sports league EVER stopped playing or postponed playoff games for a hero cop murdered, or a hero soldier murdered? That’s not important to you?

LeBron, did you or your NBA pals stop playing to honor the black retired police captain in St. Louis killed by a thug during riots?

LeBron, did the NBA or any other sports league postpone games or threaten to end the season when a sniper murdered five Dallas cops in one day? Why didn’t that bother any pro athletes?

LeBron, did you or any pro athletes demand games be stopped for the little boy shot in the head and murdered two weeks ago? He happened to be white. The man accused of murdering him happens to be black. That has to be one of the most shocking crimes in recent American history. Who kills a smiling, happy 5-year-old on his bicycle, execution-style? But I never heard a peep from one NBA player. Why? You didn’t notice?

Is the execution of a 5-year-old less important to you than a white cop killing or wounding a black criminal who has a long criminal record and refuses to obey orders from a police officer? Really?

LeBron, isn’t it strange that neither you nor your NBA pals ever gave a damn about human rights violations in China? There are billions of dollars to be made looking the other way, while communist China abuses, arrests, tortures, and murders its own citizens. China is said to have concentration camps for Muslims. But you know that, right? Obviously, none of that is a problem for NBA players if billions of dollars are at stake.

Do you see where I’m going, LeBron? You and your pals in the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL seem a tad hypocritical. You don’t notice when cops are shot or killed. You don’t notice the black genocide going on in America’s cities. You don’t notice the young black children killed in gang shootings. Or the millions of aborted black babies.

You don’t seem to notice the black crime perpetrated upon white citizens. I think that’s important, too, don’t you? I think it’s fair game. I think we need a national discussion and debate. I think it’s a two-way street.

And I have the perfect idea for the NFL players thinking of forfeiting a game this season in “honor” of Jacob Blake, the career criminal accused of sexual assault, who fought officers and threatened to kill them with a knife. If that person is worth taking a stand over, then I think they should quit football. Become a full-time social justice warrior. It doesn’t pay $5 million to $10 million per year. You’ll make about $25,000 a year. How’s that sound? Are you willing to give up football to fight for social justice full time? I didn’t think so.

So, forgive me if all of your customers aren’t on your team on this one.

LeBron, my advice is simple: SHUT UP! You’re alienating your customers. You’re offending your customers — you know, the ones who pay the grossly inflated and obscene prices for game tickets, parking, food, and sports apparel.

Sports and politics don’t mix. We tune in to the games to get away from politics. Keep violating that rule and there will be no fans left to pay your grossly inflated and obscene salaries.

LeBron, pull back from the ledge. Because this is suicide.


Wayne Allyn Root is a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, nationally syndicated talk show host on USA Radio Network and the host of “The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Newsmax TV nightly at 8 p.m. ET.

Anti-Americanism: The Fruit of Socialism 0 (0)

Anti-Americanism: The Fruit of SocialismEach and every one of those NFL players has most likely benefitted from a taxpayer subsidized assistance in one form or another…

by Bill Lockwood

Anti-American sentiment continues to grow exponentially in America. It most recently started in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick, who complained of “racial injustice” in America and refused to honor the National Anthem by taking a knee during its playing. Coming to Kaepernick’s defense was then-President Obama, who falsely complained of racial injustices, from the Ferguson, MO Michael Brown debacle to Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, MD. Fortunately, President Trump takes a different stance than did Obama. Too late. The Un-American movement has now taken wings to fly, with the NFL leading the way.

It should be noted that this is not a First Amendment issue. As columnist Selwyn Duke correctly noted, “Private Entities such as NFL teams can and do enforce codes of conduct.” The NFL is, as all liberal causes are, hopelessly lost in hypocrisy.

As Politistick pointed out, the NFL forced Robert Griffin III to turn his “Know Jesus, Know Peace” t-shirt inside out because it violated their “code of conduct” regarding apparel. When the Dallas Cowboys wanted to honor police that were gunned down by a Marxist terrorist, they were disallowed by the NFL. But Kaepernick was allowed by the NFL to wear a Communist Castro-loving t-shirt and socks depicting police as pigs. Is this the USA or the USSR, NFL?, Politistick asked.

The Real Issue

The real problem, however, is socialism. America began down the totalitarian pathway during Franklin Roosevelt’s tenure. Socialism is normally considered to be a “political philosophy” but in reality is more of a “religious” concept. As Vergilius Ferm (Encyclopedia of Religion) explains,

American socialism is heir to the tradition of materialism and atheism. It relies on the growth of automatic perfection, not indeed by virtue of the given natural faculties of man, but as the product of causally inevitable economic changes. The result is parallel to that of the liberal utopia, a self-contained world of man, individualistic here, collectivist there, and redeemed from evil, once and for all, by the economic process, much as this requires men conscious of their opportunity. This is an overtly anti-Christian doctrine.”

Oscar Jaszi, the famed Hungarian social scientist and politician, noted that socialists insist that the “immorality of the established order is traceable NOT to the …nature of man, but to ‘corrupt institutions.’”  Therefore, socialism always seeks to transform the institutions of society because they are somehow “unjust.”

Because our government, led by socialist-leaning leaders since the 1930’s, declares that things are “not fair” for some, it takes in hand to “redistribute” monies and benefits. Socialism is thus born which begins by government theft of the working person to re-distribute to those deemed to be “in need.” This is the real injustice.

The National Football League

Back to the NFL. Most of the millionaire players in the NFL that are protesting are black. So what are “systemic” injustices that these players are protesting?

Is it the free healthcare which government forces others to finance? In almost every minority community there are free clinics funded by the American taxpayer.

Might they be protesting the SNAP Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps? By this program the U.S. Department of Agriculture forcibly re-distributes money from the middle class for the purpose of assisting the low-income to purchase food. These benefits cost $70 billion in fiscal 2016.

According to the Pew Research Center blacks are about twice as likely as whites to have used this benefit during their lives (31% v. 15%). Perhaps the NFL players are protesting this “systemic” injustice?

Might these players be protesting Government Assisted Public Housing, formerly known as “Section 8”? According to the government HUD website (huduser.gov),

Public housing serves black households at a rate substantially greater than their share of the renter population. Forty-eight percent of public housing households are black compared to only 19 percent of all renter households. Taking income into account does not alter this conclusion, since only 30 percent of households with incomes low enough to qualify for public housing are black.

Most likely every one of the NFL players protesting were educated in public schools. That means that the American taxpayer funded their entire education, from pre-school through High School. Included for many students is the “free and reduced” lunch program that is also funded by the local taxpayers. Colleges routinely grant huge scholarships to athletes who play on their football teams. These are funded by donors to the college as well as, once again, taxpayer money.

Perhaps the NFL protestors are angry about the quota system that remains in place for jobs and universities and graduate admissions because it is tilted in favor of minorities? A 2015 complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights alleges that for Asian-American students to gain admission into elite universities they have to have SAT scores 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students and 450 points higher than African-American students.

Just exactly which “racially unjust” program above is it that these players are protesting?

In 2013 it was reported that a new study out of George Washington University School of Public Health found that the number of births in the U.S. covered by Medicaid has reached nearly fifty percent as of 2010. An estimated 63 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid benefits in that year as federal and state budgets were spending close to $400 billion on the program each year. At the same time as middle-class taxpayers are being robbed to subsidize this program the streets are spilling over with violence and mayhem.

This only illustrates the primary point. In the name of assisting those in need, government welfare (aka theft and redistribution) actually breeds enormous amounts of ingratitude. This is a monstrous mentality that supposes everyone owes you something accompanied by an insatiable appetite to find an increasing number of “wrongs.”

Each and every one of those NFL players has most likely benefitted from a taxpayer subsidized assistance in one form or another sometime in their lives. A socialized people always bites the hand that feeds them; in this case “taking a knee” to spit on the American flag.