Marcellus Wiley Criticizes Idea of NBA Painting 'Black Lives Matter' on Courts, Lays Out Problems with BLM

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FILE – In this April 11, 2003 file photo, San Diego Chargers defensive end Marcellus Wiley talks with reporters outside the team’s facility in San Diego. A lawsuit accusing NFL teams of illegally dispensing painkillers and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health was amended Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to add plaintiff Marcellus Wiley, a former Pro Bowl defender and current ESPN analyst. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

“Speak for Yourself” sports host and former NFL star Marcellus Wiley was asked about the the NBA’s plan to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts and he said he didn’t think it was a good idea.

His reasoning lays out some of the basic reasoning why people in media should not be supporting the group Black Lives Matter.

Wiley points out how identity politics divides and polarizes, “no matter how good the intentions.” “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” Wiley said. So true, bad ideas are rarely stated as “bad ideas” but as the noblest of intentions, otherwise no one would buy into them. Wiley explains how he looked into the BLM “mission statement” on their website and about how the family structure is so important not only in the family he grew up in but for the family he has now. Then he points to the part of the BLM mission statement that talks about disrupting the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.” Wiley then runs through a list of all the statistics for a basic truth that he’s known for years, that adverse effects when you have single parent families. He said he knew that before reading about it because of the friends he grew up with who came from such families and the things he saw them go through. Wiley then makes an incredibly salient point. That in 2020, the BLM isn’t focused on the problems of which he speaks, but on “white supremacy.”


Unfortunately not enough people are actually bothering to look at the BLM with a critical eye and really looking into what they are about. And he’s just talking about one negative aspect, not even getting into the anti-police, anti-capitalism, etc etc.

Unfortunately, few who have a platform like Wiley are brave enough or outspoken enough to say what he said and that’s a big part of the problem. Imagine having to call people brave for speaking basic truths. People are afraid to call out the issues with the group because of the power they are exerting on the narrative at the moment and people are afraid of being called racist. But there’s a big difference between the basic truth that yes, black lives matter and supporting the radical group with the name. Everyone with a platform should be pointing this out, looking at what they are really pushing.


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