The officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been tried and convicted by Democrats, the media, and truth-be-damned activists before the case is resolved. It’s a mirror image of the Michael Brown shooting (the officer was cleared) in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd (the officer has yet to go to trial). The difference is this time, pro athletes, pampered and well-paid, joined the mob.
They should be ashamed of their behavior. They quit on the employers who pay their soaring salaries, and estranged themselves from their fans, who provide the dollars the owners use to compensate the players.
The facts about the Blake case do not show a group of white officers taking advantage of a crisis situation so they could shoot another black man. Reports indicate a starkly different story – the policemen were there to protect a woman, a black woman, we’re assuming, based on what we’ve learned, from Blake.
Here’s what is being reported:
- Police were called to the scene because Blake was violating a restraining order, says the union that represents Kenosha officers.
- The restraining order was in place due to allegations Blake had sexually assaulted a woman after breaking into her home.
- The criminal complaint also said Blake also stole the woman’s automobile and debit card.
- State investigators found a knife on the driver’s side of Blake’s vehicle, where he was shot.
- The union says he had the knife in his hand when he was arrested.
- A still image from a video taken before he was shot shows Blake with something in his left hand that could be a knife.
- Before the shooting, Blake resisted arrest, fought with officers, placed one in a headlock, and was tased twice, in an effort to use non-deadly force to prevent the escalation that occurred.
But the players couldn’t wait for the facts. The NBA postponed three Game 5s on Wednesday, because professional athletes refused to meet the obligations of their contracts. The league resumed play Saturday. Several MLB teams walked out Wednesday, as well. The National Hockey League canceled all of its Thursday and Friday playoff games because the league supported the players’ decision to not play, and at least three NFL teams canceled practices on Thursday.
On Tuesday, two days after Blake was shot, Los Angeles Laker LeBron James said “maybe” the officer who shot Blake “left the house saying that today is going to be the end for one of these black people. That’s what it feels like.”
James also said, “for black people right now, we think you’re hunting us.”
If that’s the case, it’s because the media and the Democrats have fueled the flames of divisiveness, looting, and riots. They could present the facts. But they won’t because it kills the false narrative that officers shooting black Americans is a common occurrence. If they’d report the truth – “There Is No Epidemic of Racist Police Shootings” – rather than letting a lie run wild, then maybe black Americans wouldn’t be afraid, as James says they are.
There’s a temptation to think the high fevers will eventually cool down, that American life and sports will return to the normal we knew before. We want to be optimistic, but we can’t bet on it. As sports journalist Clay Travis tweeted when the players quit on their fans and employers, “the NBA never said no to the players,” when they returned to play after the pandemic shutdown. “They okayed everything – political messages on jerseys, kneeling for the national anthem, political messages on the court itself – and it still wasn’t enough. And now their business doesn’t exist. Lesson: you can’t ever be woke enough.”
Rioters, revolutionaries, and malcontents always want more. They extract concessions, then once secured, make further demands. They can never be placated.
Average Americans are turned off by the players’ rush to be woke, as well as the glaring double standard. They know if they walk off their jobs to make a point not related to their work, they will likely be fired. They know if they protest while on the clock or during business hours they will at least be punished, if not relieved of their duties. Yet multimillionaires are celebrated for walking away from their commitments.
Travis was off a bit when he said the NBA players’ “business doesn’t exist.” They’re back on the court. But all major league players are in danger of wrecking their businesses and losing their paychecks that have two commas before the decimal point if they continue racing toward elevated wokeness.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board