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Monday, July 16, 2007

Khalif Barnes: A Submissive Soul

Last year, Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Khalif Barnes was arrested for a DUI. His arrest led him to open up and disclose the dynamics of the situation.

"Barnes was caught on police video calling Officer D. E. Cullen a "KKK devil who hates all colored people" and accusing him of targeting Jaguars players."

History would seem to prohibitively corroborate Barnes' statement.

But now, faced with the prospect of possibly being punished more substantially for the DUI because of his assessment of things, Barnes made this statement (from Zero Tolerance) as part of his plea bargain:

"The stress of the situation led me to say things which I do not believe. I want you to know that was out of character for me," Barnes said in a letter to(arresting officer) Cullen. "You were just trying to do your job that night, and I am sorry for the things I said to you. I know you have a hard job."

This brings to mind the Mel Gibson arrest in which he let loose on those of the Jewish persuasion. The sentiment was that, despite his apologies, Gibson really did feel that way. That being drunk led to his uninhibited commentary on Judaism. And he was not let off the hook.

Well, we would hope that the same would be applied to Mr. Barnes. It took exceptional courage for Mr. Barnes to come out and say those things directly to the police. And, now, to be coerced by the prosecution to have to recant his words is something that is beyond intolerable.

So, we hope that when people see Mr. Barnes on the field, they won't remember the empty and meaningless verbiage he submitted in his effort to gain leniency. We trust that everyone will think of his statements at the time of the arrest.

To do otherwise would be disrespectful.


Jarrett Carter said...

Not sure if its more submissive to recant racist speak or to foolishly throw away millions of dollars that could possibly go to help the community if you don't.

Just my humble opinion.

H.N.I.C. said...

Gotta love my UW Huskies. Dawgs keep it real.

ZEKE said...

actually, for once, you are right.

this joker should never be allowed to weasel out of his actions with this sorry apology.

hang 'em high!!!!

runninonmt said...

I'm confused (more so, anyway). So are you saying Mel was courageous to say that, but was wrong because he was being persecutory, and legimately so, whereas KB was courageous, but right, because his previous ancestors were the ones persecuted? Or you have information supporting KB's claims that the cop was part of the KKK?

A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice, you wiley devil, you.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice, you wiley devil, you. "

Sir, since when has a yes or no ever clarified one of our posts????

Andrew said...
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Andrew said...

I've always been one who says the type of person that emerges under stress is the real person.

Take that how you want.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I've always been one who says the type of person that emerges under stress is the real person."

Sir, to quote the great Scoop Jackson, "pressure breaks pipes and pressure makes diamonds".

tim.wendi said...

kiel1I am not quite sure how history supports what khalif said...Jimmy made racist remarks a few years ago and as we all know the actual truth was that he lied and he was guilty!! I live in Jax and cops DO NOT SEEK OUT PLAYERS!! Our players who have been arrested have been arrested because of there own doing!! Enough is Enough with the racism card! White, Black most of us do not care just start appreciating your gift as an athelete and the money you make!! If we started appreciating what we had no matter how small maybe we would not be where we are as a country!!