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The Redskins, Leroy Jackson…And Jack Johnson

For those unfamiliar with sports history, Jack Johnson was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion around the turn of the last century. His life and experiences were chronicled in a movie – “The Great White Hope”.

Unable to find anyone who could defeat Johnson, he was jailed for his relationship with a white woman.

Now, allegations have surfaced that the Washington Redskins, an NFL Football team which was the last in the NFL to bring on black players, because of then owner George Preston Marshall’s racism – fired one of their first black payers for the same “crime”.

Now, to be honest – growing up in the Washington area, during the time before the Redskins recruited Bobby Mitchell – most black folks rooted for and followed the Baltimore Colts with Johnny Unitas, and running back Lenny Moore. while the team had several black players before Bobby Mitchell, it was the thrilling combination of Sonny Jurgensen’s long “bombs” to Mitchell which turned things around.

Leroy Jackson, Former NFL Player, Cut For Getting Caught With White Woman: Nephew

A relative of a former NFL player who was a pioneer for civil rights in sports made a bombshell allegation.

David Irons, the nephew of former Redskins running back Leroy Jackson told Yahoo Sports that his uncle was cut from the team “because they caught him in a hotel room with a white woman.”

“Can you believe that?” Irons said, “They cut him for something that’s so common today. It’s unreal.”

In the Yahoo Sports interview, Jackson seemed to confirm Irons’ claim.

When asked why he was cut, Jackson said, “I think it probably was about a woman… interracial things and not being able to hold onto the ball.”

Jackson made history for being one of the first black players to be drafted for the Washington Redskins. While other teams in the NFL integrated much earlier, the Redskins held out until 1962. Yahoo Sports points out that owner George Preston Marshall was dead-set against hiring any black players until the Kennedy’s administration pressured them to do so.

Jackson wasn’t the first black player drafted, but he was the first to actually play a game.

The NFL has a long history of racism that extends far beyond the Redskins. James Harris, the first black quarterback in the NFL, described the alienation and humiliation he suffered. In once instance, he told 60 Minutes, all of his fellow teammates were put up in a hotel– except for him. He stayed at a YMCA and was asked to clean the equipment.

Today, out of 32 teams, only nine havestarting quarterbacks who are black.

Former Redskins Running Back, Leroy Jackson

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Giant Negros

 

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The MuaveSkins?

Should have known this was going to be a major issue this year when one of my “proto-dates” launched into a tirade about never taking her to a Redskins Game…

That was before I told her I wasn’t the owner of Seasons Tickets even.

Sometimes “it is written” when relationships will be unexpectedly (at least to some folks) short.

Now I see Dan Snyder is again courting disaster – pulling failure, yet once again out of a hot hand…

Its in the Bag, Dan!

Top Republican Messaging Firm To Hold Football Focus Group About Whether Redskins Should Change Name

“It’s not what you say, it’s what they hear,” Luntz Global, the premier strategy shop run by Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz, boasts at the top of its web site. And Luntz Global is interested in figuring out what National Football League fans are hearing.

Luntz Global, which has worked on behalf of the NFL and other sports leagues during labor disputes in recent years, is conducting a football focus group in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 13, where it will pay participants $100 to share their opinions about the current state of America’s most popular professional sports league and the Washington Redskins, the NFL franchise embroiled in controversy and a federal trademark lawsuit involving its name.

An email survey meant to judge the interest and eligibility of potential participants includes multiple questions about the NFL generally, including how many games they watch and attend. It also asks about their “overall opinion of the NFL right now,” their “overall opinion of the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell,” and what they perceive as the “greatest problem or challenge facing the NFL today.”

Excuse me…But isn’t that like the same folks who told Romney…”Its in the bag?”

The Washington Red Tails is beginning to look like a great fall back position.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Tax Cuts for the Rich? Naaaaaaw! Sherrod Brown Gets to the Really Important Stuff!

At last, a Senator who understands whats important in America! If the Rethugs try and filibuster this one…

There won’t be any elected Rethugs come November.

Of course, those of us who are Redskins fans in the DC area are having a good week, with the dreaded Cowboys going down Sunday last in yet another of those Redskins/Cowboys last second finishes…

Sherrod Brown Urges NFL to End TV Blackout Policy Given Tough Economy

The NFL season got underway this past weekend, and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is worried that some fans hard hit by the faltering economy won’t be able to watch games in person or on TV. In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Brown urged the league to revisit it “blackout” policy that keeps games off local television stations when they are not sold out 72 hours in advance.

The Democrat had the interests of Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans in mind, the Hill newspaper reports, but those aren’t the only ones in danger of having home games blacked out on TV. According to a survey conducted by USA Today, at least 11 teams could have games kept off the air this season.

“During these difficult times, working families are struggling to make ends meet. Although appealing, attending a football game is simply cost prohibitive for too many Ohioans. The average price for an NFL game ticket is $77 – nearly ten times the hourly minimum wage,” Brown said in his letter.

He acknowledged “the need for the league to sell tickets and maintain an attractive television product” but said “the worst economic crisis in generations” should also be taken into consideration.

There’s been no word on an NFL response to the letter.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2010 in News

 

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Thank You, Eagles!

Now – If the Offensive line will only learn how to pass block, and Clinton Portis doesn’t take another year off…

And the ‘Skins find 2 more good receivers…

Joe Theismann: Redskins fans will support Donovan McNabb much better than Eagles fans

Former Washington QB Joe Theismann suggested Monday that Donovan McNabb will find an unusual element in the stadium when he dons the Redskins’ uniform in September: A supportive fan base.

Theismann, in comments on Sirius Mad Dog Radio, criticized fans in Philadelphia for what he said was poor treatment of McNabb “from the day he got drafted.”

Of McNabb’s treatment from Eagles fans, Theismann said:

“… nothing seemed to be good enough. You go to five NFC championship games, you go to a Super Bowl (in) large part because of his ability to play the position but yet nobody wanted to give him any kind of credit.”

In Washington, Theismann said McNabb will greet a fan base that welcomes and embraces him (although they once burned his Eagles uniform outside FedEx Field):

“(McNabb) will find that Opening Day in Washington, when he steps on that football field in front of those 89-90,000 fans, it’ll be like nothing he’s ever felt. It’ll be a warmth that he hasn’t been able to find in Philadelphia.”

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in News, The Post-Racial Life

 

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