Welcome to the wide world of sports racism, where business execs and commissioners, to quote Kanye West, “only like green faces”.
Here is the quote that the out-of-touch the Septuagenarian Swiss native has drawn flak for:
“During a match you may say something to someone who’s not looking exactly like you, but at end of match it’s forgotten.”
…Yeah like how well did that work out for Zidane? Pretty sure it lead to a headbutt:
I mean that’s how you deal with racist assholes. I wish Big Z would show up at Blatter’s doorstep and give him a cranial crack. The guy represents the most diverse sport in the world (200 teams) and yet he thinks he can make amends by hugging a black guy.
The truth of the matter is that racism has no place anywhere in sports. Teams are built to be inclusive, to take the best aspects from a diverse set of individuals and translate it into brilliant displays of athletic prowess. We all bleed the same color, sweat the same color and sacrifice our personal beliefs for the greater good of the team. If you can’t show class on the field, you don’t deserve to be on it. You are role models. You too Sepp!
Then when you factor in his anti-gay statements in relation to the Qatar world cup, the corruption following the Russian and Qatari bids, the payoffs during last world cup, the lack of instant replay and his belittling of women’s world soccer, its obvious this guy has no business in FIFA or sport in general. Just like our favorite person, Mr. David Stern (click here for past post on Top 10 Reasons to Hate David Stern).
Why do you think the NBAPA Union Attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, said “owners are treating players like plantation workers”? Because racism is still alive, they just be concealing it (ok last Kanye line). The disconnect between fans/players and the front office has never been greater.
What what about the NCAA (click for previous post) and their pay to pimp mentality? They make 700 million a year in revenue, but where does that money go…
Into the hands of rich, old white men is the short answer, and these guys care only about one thing: cash money.
The irony of the Sepp Blatter incident is this: he believes players making racist comments should be immediately suspended. He’s actually been leading a campaign to remove racism from the game of football. Yet when he does it, he refuses to step down. I guess Sepp isn’t aware of the phrase “practice what you preach”. #OccupyBlatter