- Muhammad Ali (Heavyweight Champ, (1942- )
Gone are the days where athletes were not afraid to speak out. Maybe today's athletes just aren't as courageous as those of yore. Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War. Ali was convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his heavyweight title. It is unlikely any of today's athletes would forego their best years to fight for principle. Most would rather make a lot of money and try and pork every skank they possibly can while their name is still in the headlines (see here, here, and here). Besides, other than trying to bang every slut they can, the only thing that really matters to today's athletes is paying the bills through very specific skills- none of which matter to the well-being of the world at large. So, you are right, Charles Barkley, you and the rest of the New World Order's best paid pets are not role models- not even close.
It is more than obvious athletes have been told in explicit terms why they are paid and what is and what isn't expected of them. What is not expected is to offer opinion on world events, ticket prices, or really anything except how they intend to help the ball club this year. Acting out like Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos did in the 1968 Olympics is out of the question. Instead, the New World Order corporate forces have substituted fake fund raisers like cancer "awareness" to give the illusion of charity and difference-making to the blind, deaf, and dumb masses. This gives the athlete the opportunity to wear pink and purple athletic gear in their support of what their boss told them to support. Larger issues like freeedom, slavery, and the ever-expanding war machine and police state are simply out of the question.
"Already, long ago from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out the military command, high civil office, legions- everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hope for just two things: bread and circuses."
-Juvenal (Roman Poet, 1st Century A.D.)
It is refreshing to finally see a person who competed hard on the playing field and who earned the cheers of the faithful step up with courage when it really matters. However, the answer to this tyranny won't be found waiting for someone to be a hero. The solution is for each person to fully assess their patronage and decide whether that particular institution deserves to be patronized. To wait for a hero is not only futile, it is what the oppressors want.