Retired NFL defensive end and host of “Speak For Yourself” on FOX Sports 1 Marcellus Wiley explains why he thinks it is a bad idea for the NBA to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the floor of basketball courts.
MARCELLUS WILEY: It’s not a good idea. I do want to give players credit for their flex to even get this to be more than an idea but something that is going to be in reality. I give the players that. There’s a problem when you start to go down this road of freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and how much social space is allowed for those who don’t support in that same space.
And that’s where I wonder where this is going to go in terms of identity politics. We know what identity politics does — it divides, and it polarizes. No matter how you want to look at it, that’s just the effect of it no matter how great the intentions are. We all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It’s an interesting play right here. I don’t know how many people really look into the mission statement of Black Lives Matter, but I did. And when you look into it, there’s a couple of things that jump out to me. And I’m a black man who has been black and my life has mattered since 1974. And this organization was founded in 2013 and I’m proud of you but I’ve been fighting this fight for me and for others a lot longer.
Two things: My family structure is so vitally important to me. Not only the one I grew up in but the one I am trying to create right now. Being a father and a husband, that’s my mission in life right now. How do I reconcile that with this, the mission statement that says, “We dismantle the patriarchal practice. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.”
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