Plaxico Burress and Caster Semenya

21 Aug

Seems to be a slow news day so far, with everyone exhausted by the Town Hall loonie-toons. So following up on Usain Bolt’s amazing performance, a quick roundup, proving that the world of athletics can be just as crazy as politics.

First up – The case of Plaxico Burress –

Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress

Former New York Giant Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and agreed to a two-year prison term for accidentally shooting himself at a Manhattan nightclub.

Now, I gotta believe Plaxico’s case is some kind of first. I mean – how many black men have every been convicted…

For shooting themselves?

I mean – in some parts of this country the Police would probably give the guy a medal…

For saving them ammunition.

Fortunately for Plaxico, he was carrying his piece in a hip or side holster, instead of a belly holster. And yeah, this is one of those questions similar to a bespoke tailor asking you “On which side do you dress?”

The belly holster, favored by conservative gun crazies in that it keeps their two most treasured possessions in close proximity, has a drawback…

At my gun club it’s called a “Hillbilly Vasectomy”.

Indeed, not properly engaging the safety, or having the safety flip off while rubbing against your clothes can result in an accidental discharge while reaching for your change…

Ending the opportunity for premature discharge forever, and raising your voice an octave or two. That may indeed be an explanation why so many “he man” conservatives seem to have such high, whiny voices…

You ever wonder why cops wear their guns in hip holsters, instead of Western Style tucked at their belly under their belts…

Now you know.

But, Michael Vick got 23 months for shooting a dog…

Next  is the case of South African 800 Meter champion, Caster Semenya.

IS SHE a he? That is the question being asked at the world championships about South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

Caster Semenya at the World Games

Caster Semenya at the World Games

The 18-year-old 800m gold medal favorite has burst on to the world scene in recent months, with her appearance, including obvious facial hair, and muscular build igniting speculation about her gender.

Semenya announced her arrival at last month’s African junior titles, running 1min 56.72sec, which was more than seven seconds faster than her best the previous year.

There have been precedents in such cases, the most famous being that of Polish athletics great Stella Walsh (also known as Stanislawa Walasiewicz) who won Olympic gold in the 100 yards at the 1932 Olympics and silver in the same event in the 1936 Olympics here in Berlin.

However, after she was shot dead during an armed robbery in 1980, the subsequent autopsy revealed she possessed male genitalia, although she also had female characteristics as well.

South African Caster Semenya could keep her women’s 800 metres world title even if she fails a gender test, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spokesman Nick Davies said.

Davies said there was a distinction to be made over gender verification and being caught doping.

“Legally if you are found to be of a different sex to that declared that is not cheating,” said Davies.

“Doping is an attempt to defraud and is cheating. So it is not necessarily the case that she would be stripped of her medal. It is a very delicate matter.”

Delicate matter… Indeed.


Posted by on August 21, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life


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2 responses to “Plaxico Burress and Caster Semenya

  1. brotherbrown

    August 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Burress was unfortunately the kind of cat who needed a wake up call. He can thank Bernhard Hugo Goetz for his predicament.


    • btx3

      August 22, 2009 at 1:55 PM

      I think Plaxico wanted to burnish his street cred. Why is it linemen never seem to have this sort of problem?



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