John Off His Rocker?
by Phil Valentine / January 17, 2000
of all, I want to make it crystal clear that I do not condone
nor do I agree with the recent comments made by Atlanta
Braves pitcher John Rocker. His characterization of a black
teammate as "a fat monkey" was probably the most
inflammatory comment he made in a recent Sports Illustrated
article yet the politically correct crowd hardly noticed.
They were too busy ranting and raving over his comments
about foreigners in New York. Here's the comment that sent
the PCers into a rage: "The biggest thing I don't like
about New York are the foreigners," Rocker said. "I'm
not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire
block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English.
Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians
and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell
did they get in this country?" Xenophobic? Probably.
Stupid? Definitely. But crazy?
Rocker's fate is decided, he's been sent on a couch trip.
The PCers were so stunned that someone could be so insensitive
toward foreigners that they figured he must be nuts so he
was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation by the baseball
commissioner. But professional sports is replete with bad
boys who do bad things. In 1996, James Harris, Minnesota
Vikings defensive end, pleaded guilty to third degree assault
for beating his wife. Montreal Expos pitcher Carlos Peres
was arrested in 1995 on rape charges in Atlanta. Most recently,
Denard Walker of the Tennessee Titans was arrested for beating
his girlfriend. She charged, and the bruises on her neck
would indicate, that he was trying to kill her. He pleaded
guilty to assault and the story was covered up for six months
then greeted by yawns from the PCers when it finally did
surface. The number of sports figures who have been busted
for drugs is too vast to enumerate here. And who can forget
Dennis Rodman. He butts the head of an official, kicks a
cameraman in the groin, shows up at games covered in tattoos
and green hair and makes an appearance in New York City
donning a wedding dress yet his sanity is never questioned!
Rocker's bosses have had their share of trouble. In May
of 1995, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was jailed briefly
and charged with simple battery after police broke up a
domestic dispute between Cox and his wife. Braves owner
Ted Turner made a provocative comment, among the many for
Captain Outrageous, that Christianity is a "religion
for losers," a comment which millions of church-goers
found offensive. Not one of the PCers ever suggested that
Turner or Cox was a candidate for the laughing academy.
Why? Because political correctness is, itself, discriminatory.
Only in its warped value system will you find the offense
of speaking your mind, as stupid as that speech may be,
to be more egregious than domestic violence, drug abuse
and assault. Only in the twisted minds of the politically
correct is it determined that the John Rockers of the world
are crazy and dangerous and must be ejected from professional
sports while the Denard Walkers and Dennis Rodmans are stable
and should be allowed to stay. The PCers have become the
sole arbiters of what is offensive and who is offended while
officials of professional sports stand dutifully by awaiting
their orders. We, as sports fans, have become willing accomplices
by not demanding that these issues be dealt with in proper
proportion to the offense.
old adage that actions speak louder than words is turned
on its head when reason is drowned out by the din of political
correctness. If you want to know the truth, the wrong person
is on the couch.