Jason Whitlock, the courageous African American commentator bucking the liberal media from his new post at Outkick The Coverage sports blog, has dared to challenge the here-to-fore unquestioned racist cop narrative of George Floyd's death. With civil unrest raging and media and athletes screaming about systemic racism and defunding police departments, Whitlock says newly released video undermines the raging storm.
After the London Daily Mail released Minneapolis police body cam video of Floyd's interaction with police, Whitlock predicted that because Floyd's behavior escalated a routine arrest into a possible abuse of force, it's not a race crime and it will be impossible to convict former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao of any crime.
From their "little communist country" in Orlando, NBA players, coaches and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "elected themselves the National Internal Affairs Department (NIAD) for American police," Whitlock asserted. He also asked if anyone will ask LeBron James, Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and Silver for their thoughts on the leaked Floyd footage? Will the media there in the bubble be allowed to ask questions about the video?
Whitlock recounted the video showing police struggling to get Floyd to comply with their orders. Early on, Floyd is in the driver's seat of a car when told by police to show his hands. When he finally does this, a police officer holsters his gun.
Floyd appears to be disoriented, desperate and non-compliant, and he complained that he couldn’t breathe while standing upright. He stated that his mother just died and he can’t sit in the back of the police car because he’s claustrophobic. "He repeatedly begs the officers not to shoot him. He worms the upper part of his body out of the police car and asks to lay on the ground," Whitlock wrote.
To Whitlock, the behavior of police officers "seems appropriate and restrained given Floyd’s level of resistance and bizarre conduct. The footage reasonably explains how and why Floyd wound up on the ground with multiple officers restraining him."
The video in no way justifies Officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Yet, "Nearly every word out of Floyd’s mouth was a desperate lie."
Since the tragic death of Floyd, America has wildly swung out of control with arson, looting and protests. The vitriol coming from sports has not helped the situation, either. Whitlock describes the present situation as the NBA, NFL and MLB draping themselves in Black Lives Matter symbols and viewing all negative encounters between black people and white people as examples of white supremacy:
"Life is far more complicated than the race-baiting that gets re-tweeted and liked over Twitter. What happened to George Floyd is more complicated than the substance-less assertion that Derek Chauvin acted out of racial animus. Chauvin abused his power. His defense lawyers will argue he was baited into abusing his power by Floyd.
"It’s the same excuse pro sports’ Three Stooges — Adam Silver, Roger Goodell and Rob Manfred — will make years from now when the mainstream media finally objectively evaluates this era of sports."
Whitlock stated: "The subversion of sports culture is directly tied to the subversion of American culture. Sports culture proved the strength of our melting pot, the power of a diverse meritocracy. Live sporting events shaped popular culture." There is no adequate replacement for the lost sports culture -- certainly not from academia, Hollywood or the smutty music industry.
Whitlock predicted that a second wave of Floyd-related riots will be more deadly and destructive than the first wave, which will ensue if Lane, Kueng, Thao and Chauvin are acquitted of all serious charges.
"When those riots happen, the Three Stooges, LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and all the other entitled millionaires will be locked in their gated bubbles watching poor people’s lives destroyed on CNN," Whitlock says. "No one will ever question them about the roles they played in stirring the racial outrage."