Russell Simmons attends HBO’s Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party held at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles
*Russell Simmons and Jennifer Hudson have joined a group of celebrities and other activists lobbying for President Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan stops slaughtering dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji.
Also backing the effort are J-Hud’s fellow Oscar winners Sean Penn, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron as well as TV stars Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner, and many others.
The Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” chronicled the dolphin roundup in Taiji and helped spark protests over the annual hunt and ensuing slaughter. Japanese law allows a hunting season for dolphins, and fishermen defend it as a tradition.
*There’s more to the story about Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito than insiders are willing to reveal.
Most people who know the inside story say Miami Dolphins coaches knew Incognito was hazing Martin and possibly encouraged it to toughen up Martin and other new recruits.
Most players and coaches who defend Incognito probably do so because of his on-the-field contributions, because who can look at his off-the-field actions alone and endorse him with his history of derogatory behavior that went back as far as thirteen years when he played college football?
This dude is just plain rude, probably because he was allowed to get away with it. And when a Miami TV news crew interviewed him recently, Incognito said something to the effect that he just had to weather this storm that soon would pass. He has yet to apologize or even acknowledge any wrong doing.
I’m sure we all have been in situations where – whether it was a new job or a social setting - we found ourselves in new territory where cursing, racist remarks or sexist jokes were the norm. And we had to go along to get along until we were forced to either assimilate or rebel. People in different sub-settings operate under different rules of engagement. And those rules might allow for some behavior that would otherwise be unacceptable. That’s probably why some black people call each other the N-word but won’t accept non black people calling them the same.
Walking into the locker room as a high draft pick and met with behavior he apparently was not used to, Martin might have felt he had no choice but to accept it. Afterall, as a football player making it to the NFL probably was his ultimate goal that he wasn’t going to let pass him by because of some loud mouth bully who had the support of other players and seemingly the coaching staff. So he dealt with it for as long as he could.
But to whom much is given much is required. Could it be the price of making millions of dollars for a black man in the NFL (at least as a Miami Dolphin) is you might be expected to put up with racist bullies on testosterone overload? And even if every player on the Dolphins team accepted Incognito’s name calling as just another day at the office, if Martin felt harassed by him it’s not for anyone else to validate or invalidate his feelings.
Martin was bigger than Incognito and probably could have physically defended himself had it come to that. But maybe Martin is smarter than we have given him credit for. Sometimes the best defense is evidence. That and to give someone like Incognito enough rope to hang himself and possibly some of the people in authority who knew about it but didn’t stop it.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. For comments, questions or speaking inquiries email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Smh. We get upset with our kids for sure, but ex-Miami Dolphins’ Mark Duper took it to a whole ‘nother level recently, knocking his 17-year old son, Marcus out…twice, during several altercations in the family home.
Of course he has been arrested.
Duper has been quoted as saying that the issue in his household was a “family matter,” and added, “This is not an open book. I have to deal with this within my family.”
Marcus’ mother passed away a few years ago.
The battle was actually witnessed by Dolphins’ defensive end Hugh Green who said that Marcus had actually started the fight “thinking he could beat his father.” Green reportedly stopped by Duper’s home with his own 18-year-old son after attending a charity golfing event.
According to police records, Duper discovered that Marcus had sent his ex-girlfriend a menacing text message, which he reportedly denied, and soon after, the fight broke out. According to The Florida Times-Union, the Jacksonville police report details how Duper allegedly “punched his son in the face one time because he wouldn’t listen to him about picking up his hat.”
Duper scored 59 touchdowns with the Dolphins. He was named to three Pro Bowls and became a two-time All-Pro selection; but his glory came to an end when he was charged with buying cocaine with an intent to sell it back in 1995. He was acquitted.
Regarding the altercation with his son, he made bail, $5,000, and was released.
*Alright, there’s some holes in the stories told between Evelyn Lozada and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.
The two agree that they were arguing in the football star’s car after Lozada found a Walgreen’s receipt for a pack of condoms.
However, each side has a different tale.
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The new wife claimed that her soon to be ex-husband head butted her after she discovered the evidence. He yelled out “I don’t give a (bleep)! I don’t give a (bleep) about my career.
But Chad claims the opposite, saying she head butted him,
His story could almost be believable since Lozada is known for her short fuse.
While the police spend time sorting that out, the reality television star has decided to press charges against her husband. She even signed an affidavit saying so.
Hmmm … interesting.