It is with a heavy heart that I bring the sad news of the home going of two dear friends of my wife Hattie and I. One was a Clown and the other was an Angel.
The Angel, Corrine Greene went home to be with the Lord on Saturday August 20th. Her home going service celebration was held on September 9, 2016 at the First Rock Baptist Church in S. E. DC.
Corrine was a native Washingtonian and a product of the DC Public School system, graduating from Armstrong High School and Morgan State College in Baltimore, Md. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Greene, Jr. Corrine is survived by her only child, Kathy who is the benefactor of her mother’s attributes, classy, caring, kind, loyal, and the smile of an Angel.
I met Corrine and Joe in the late 60s through my then fiancée, Hattie Thomas. In the late 50s Hattie would leave Orangeburg, SC and spend the summers with her Aunt Justine who lived on Jackson Street, NE, directly across the street from the Greens.
Joe and I had met before Hattie and Jackson Street. I often saw him having power-lunches at Che Maurice’s, Ed Murphy’s or Face’s. They were the restaurants of the in-crowd in Washington, DC.
In 1967 I met Corrine and Joe together for the first time. I will never forget, Hattie and I were leaving her Aunt’s house and I spotted one of my high school coaches standing on the front porch of the Greens. His name was Ray Hammond. He was one of my football coaches at Spingarn High School back in the day.
Coach Hammond was the brother of Corrine. He and I clashed in the early stages of my high school Odyssey. I thought I was the straw that stirred the drink and felt everything football, basketball and baseball was to come through me. He once told me, “Harold Bell you got to change your attitude or football is going to become a spectator sport for you.”
Coach Hammond eventually got me to see things his way and he became a great mentor.
Kathy and Hattie already had a special bond from Jackson Street, but that bond became even stronger when they connected again two years ago at the SE White House.
Hattie’s mother Elease had come down with dementia and she had become her mom’s caretaker. The two shared notes, Hattie’s mother was 95 years old when she went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2015. My mother-in-law “Mommy T” as she was known to family and friends, shared the same traits as Corrine Greene; she was a class act, caring, kind, loyal and had the smile of an Angel. Hattie T is the mirror of her mother.
The best way to sum up Corrine and Mommy T is “What you saw was what you got.” They often say ‘An apple does not fall far from the tree’, meet Kathy and Hattie.
Corrine and Mommy T’s first encounter in heaven, I would love to be a butterfly on an Angel’s wing. I bet Mommy T will be hosting “Tea for two” and somewhere during the conversation the two would look up and say, ‘Did you know my daughter?’
Fozie the Clown’s home going services were held in North Carolina on Saturday September 3, 2016. He was buried with his father who had preceded him in death two days before in Washington, DC.
Fozie aka Alphonso Pittman was an educator by trade in the DC Public Schools, he had a Masters Degree in education. Somewhere along the way he decided that the system was a joke when it came to educating our children.
He went from a three piece suit to a clown’s costume and discovered laughter was the best remedy for him to reach out to our children and make a difference.
His sleight of hand and magic tricks opened up avenues for thousands of children across the DC metropolitan region and beyond. The children and some teachers discovered that laughing could be a vehicle to learning.
Fozie was on to something, there was a recent report critical of the Prince Georges County school system from the director of Head Start at the Department of Health and Human Services. The department detailed what it called “deficiencies” by the school system to correct teacher behavior involving Head Start instructors who used humiliation and corporal punishment to discipline children as young as age 3.
The department cancelled a 6.3 million dollar contract. This action by the Department to punish hundreds of children and parents for the antics of a few, there is something wrong with this picture!
Parents and community activist have called for the resignations of the entire school board who are suppose to oversee the program, but came up a day late and 6.3 million dollars short.
The County Executive Rusherd Baker has refused to dismiss the school board. His refusing to take action against the school board begs the question, “When are our children First and who are the real clowns?”
Fozie was one of the most unselfish educators I have ever met—he didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk and really made children First. I was a witness.
My non-profit organization Kids In Trouble benefited from the good deeds, and support of Santa’s Helpers, like Fozie, Robin Sugar Williams, Don Baker, Zack, Philadelphia Jake, Slippery Jackson, Cornell, Nook, Black Danny, Dog Turner, who were every day people or knew how to act like them, none could hit a baseball out of the park, shoot a jump shot, or throw a football 75 yards in the air. But still they are the glue who held my community endeavors together. The common-denominator–what you saw was what you got!
This link is dedicated to Corrine, Fozie and those who are no longer with us and were never Too Tall to Stoop to Help a Child.
Note Worthy: There will be a Memorial Service for Fozie on Sunday from 12 noon until 1:00 pm at 129 Kennedy Street, NW, Washington, DC
Former MLB Manager Lou Piniella was once asked by one of his players, “What are the qualifications to be a sports reporter” Lou’s response was classic, ‘In America you just need a driver’s license.’ Meet Mark Gray!
His qualification to be a sports reporter is as follows according to his profile on Face book; He went to Walbrook High School(no city listed), lives in Baltimore, he is followed by 246 people and his parents integrated the Greensboro, NC public school system. I tried to GOOGLE him and could not find any history on him or anything that qualifies him to be a sports reporter.
I went to Google images and found his photo among dozens of others named “Mark Gray”. There was no information relating to his prowess as a Little League, play ground, elementary, middle, high school or college athlete! His only claim to fame is that his parents integrated the school system in Greensboro and his photo is among dozens of other Mark Grays when you Goggle Mark Gray. This leads me to believe he is an impostor as a sports reporter who uses his driver’s license to get into sports locker rooms. And this also makes me suspicious of him laying claim to his parents’ fame.
How often have we read stories about folks with a fetish to be photographed with celebrities, they show up on where there are Red Carpet celebrity events and can be seen in photos with celebrities—meet Mark Gray?
When he recently challenged Colin Kaepernick’s motives on Face Book for sitting out the National Anthem during an NFL exhibition game, it raised my antenna. When I responded to his motives for questioning Kaepernick’s motives and I called him “A so-called brother”, his response was like most guilty brothers when you catch them with their pants down and their asses showing, they get defensive.
He called me an angry black man who disses and calls out other brothers who forget who they are and where they come from! He was right I am guilty on all accounts, but his higher than me attitude begged the question, “Who and the hell is Mark Gray” to question me as it relates to my family, community and sports media history?
I will never forget while watching a segment of the television news magazine show 60 Minutes, the late Morley Safer the host was interviewing the great Arthur Mitchell the founder of the Dance Theater. The discussion centered around blacks with the financial means never reaching back to help their own. Mr. Mitchell’s response relating to the inquiry was highly emotional. Mr. Safer, asked Mr. Mitchell, “Are you angry that blacks fail to reach back to help their own?”
Mr. Mitchell never missed a beat with his response, he said, “You show me a black man or woman who is not angry as it relates to black folks in America, and I will show you a man and woman who need to see a psychiatrist!”
Unlike Mark Gray you can GOOGLE Harold K. Bell and Inside Sports and find a wealth of information relating to my march as it relates to Civil Rights, community and sports history.
My high school coach Dave Brown once heard me apologizing for tooting my own horn on Inside Sports. My next encounter with him, he reminded me to never apologize for tooting my own horn. He said, “For one to toot his own horn, he must first have a horn to toot.”
This toot goes out to Mark Gray. You are nothing but a wannabe and an impostor pretending to be something you are not. You are in over in your head. My first question is how many athletes have come through your sports talk show before their 15 minutes of fame and went on to the NBA and how many did you help to make an NFL roster before they could spell NFL?
Let me start my count, NBA: Dave Bing, Oden Polynice, Adrian Dantley, Adrian Branch, Grant Hill, John Thompson and Fatty Taylor. NFL: Bobby Gardner, Tim Baylor, Tony Paige, Cecil Turner, and Lamont Jordan.
How many media personalities before their 15 minutes of fame came through your radio show? Let me start my count, James Brown, Omar Tyree, Michael Wilbon, Kevin Tatum, Cathy Hughes, Donnie Simpson, Dave Aldridge, Kevin Blackistone, Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., Bill Rhoden, Butch Mcadams, Glen Harris, Michelle Wright and the first black female Bishop, Vasti McKenzie.
How many pioneering athletes came through your radio show before they became FIRST in their field of play? Let me start my count, John Thompson (GT), Doug Williams (NFL/MVP), Earl Lloyd (NBA), Darryl Hill (ACC and Naval Academy) and Olympic gymnast Jair Lynch.
How many boxing champions? Let me start with Sugar Ray Leonard. I remember when he didn’t have two-pennies to rub together before I became his mentor and made him a co-host on Inside Sports on Saturday afternoons. He went on to become not only a champion, but the first pro boxer to earn 100 million despite his agent Mike Trainor stealing millions. Mark ‘Too Sharp’ Johnson and Aaron Pryor are also on that list of champions who came through Inside Sports.
How many pro athletes are you responsible for being inducted into their sports hall of fame? Let me start my count, Willie Wood (NFL) and Earl Lloyd (NBA).
How many athletes have you been responsible for having their jail sentences reduced? Let me start with the Greatest, Jim Brown (NFL) out of privacy and respect I won’t reveal the others (see Jim Brown link below).
How many poems have been written about you as it relates to the black community? Let me count (3).
How many Christmas Toy Parties have you hosted for needy children? Let me count my parties (45) from 1968-2013 in the DMV befitting thousands of children.
How many children have you rescued off of the tracks with a subway train bearing down on them? In 2007 I saved a 15 year-old autistic girl at Potomac Ave. in NE DC.
How many times have you been honored at the White House for your work with inner-city children (1) and how many times have you been cited in the Congressional Record for work with at-risk children (4).
How many times has your sports talk show been picked the best in the DMV by the Washington Post, Washington Star, Washington Times, and Washingtonian Magazine.
I was the first sports talk show host (W-O-O-K Radio) to call the play by play for the DC Public High School Championship football game at RFK Stadium. My color man for the game was Dunbar High School All-American and the first black Ohio State QB, Cornelius Greene. I also served as the WR Coach for Head Coach Bob Headen, West vs East All-Star game.
I gave coach John Thompson, Jr. his first opportunity to promote Georgetown basketball on Inside Sports aired on W-O-O-K Radio every Monday his first year at the school. He went on to become the First black basketball coach to win a NCAA championship.
How many times has a sports columnist called you “The God Father of sports talk, the good kind” (the late Dick Heller of the Washington Times).
How many times have you been named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine? In fact, I was the First sports media personality so honored.
I was the first sports and marketing rep for Nike Shoes and Anheuser Busch beer in the Nation’s Capitol.
Your claim on Face Book of your parents integrating the Greensboro, North Carolina public school system also looks like a lie. I was in Greensboro on the weekend of August 31, 2016. I checked and found no evidence of anyone with the last name of Gray accomplishing such a feat!
My Family Tree shows the Tyler/Bells settled in DC in the early 1800s. My great-grandfather Alfred Johnson Tyler laid the first brick to build Mt. Airy Baptist Church in 1893. The church is located in the shadows of the Capitol at North Capitol and L Streets, NW. The Tyler House a senior citizen complex located two-blocks north of the church is named after my great-uncle, the Rev. Earl Tyler.
Mark Gray, I cannot wait to see what is in “Your Wallet” from my advantage point your life story looks like a bunch of lies.
Remember, a lie will change a thousand times but the truth never changes. For example; Your new updated information on Face Book proves you are trying to cover your tracks–too late!
You are just like so many of these so-called envy and jealous Negroes who don’t have a history and don’t want anyone else to have a history. We are always talking about what the white man is doing to us, we need to check out what we are doing to ourselves as a people.
I can honestly say, the white man has not done something to me that was not expected, but these dysfunction wanna-be somebody Negroes who think because they have two-dollars more than the beggar who stands outside of their door everyday begging for a dollar to eat, makes them smarter. I got news for them!
I am still in the trenches in the war-zones of our community fighting for our children against the enemy whom is not always the white man. I will never forget the wake-up call I got from my partner the great Jim Brown. We were sitting around one day just chilling out when the discussion moved to my dedication to our children. He said, “Harold remember children don’t vote.” His statement left me with an empty feeling that I have never forgotten. But it didn’t deter me from my mission of reaching back to help our children because there were those who reached back to help me when others had counted me out!
Mark Gray, one day you will learn, respect is earned and not given. You are a wannabe who will never be. You are the prototype of today’s ‘Player Hater.’
Those sports talk shows you are talking about hosting, I pioneered the formats. Every sports talk show seen and heard around the world is a COPY of The Original Inside Sports hosted by yours truly.
The Original Inside Sports was “Outta Compton” long before NWA. Note Worthy: I am the most popular and read blogger on blackmeninamerica.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfKQOH5_iiw / intro to black sports history 101 Jim Brown and others on Harold Bell
I am a 4th generation Washingtonian, youth advocate and a DC radio and television sports talk show pioneer. On Saturday August 20, 2016 I was the host of a one of a kind police and community relations forum held in Washington, DC. The forum was held at the world famous Ben’s Chili Bowl.
The restaurant is known world-wide for its famous chili half smokes, hot dogs and comedian Bill Cosby who help put the restaurant on the world map. The forum menu not only served up good food but good advice relating to the history of police departments and the black community.
I have been called the Godfather of sports talk and now people are calling me the Godfather of Police Community Relations. Life on the streets in the past 50 years I have seen the Good, the Bad and the Ugly when it comes to the police and the community.
I worked closely with the original Godfather, the late and former New York City Police Commissioner, Patrick Murphy. I met Mr. Murphy when he was the Director of the DC Police and Fire Departments and I was a Roving leader for the DC Department of Recreation (Youth Gang Task Force). He was hired in the late 60s by DC’s first black Mayor, Walter Washington.
The Police and Community Relations forum attracted law-enforcement officers from around the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) and as far away as Philadelphia and LA (Bernie Chavis and Ken Price respectively).
The lack of understanding of Black America’s history of police and community relations can be found at the doorsteps of Black Media. You cannot report it if you don’t know it.
It was 20 years ago 1996 when Minister Louis Farrakhan exposed the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) as “The Bad News Bears” of media. In summarizing his speech after the President of the organization asked him to take 10 minutes for his presentation—-he took 40 minutes instead.
In summarizing his blistering take-down of NABJ, he said, “The only thing black about you is your name”.
To be very honest Minister Farrakhan lost me during The First Million Man March here in DC. He lost me because of the appearance of fraud with the donations made by the participants, including me. I have yet to see the fruits of the monies collected. (see link below).
I remember NFL legend Jim Brown a Farrakhan friend and confidant sitting down with me to talk about the rumors swirling around as they related to the nation and Minister Farrakhan. His response, “The nation and the Minister have problems just like anyone else.” I let it go!
I have been an eye witness to the good works of the Nation of Islam in the black community. I have seen their great work of cleaning up my old DC NE neighborhood of Mayfair/Parkside of drugs and violence. They were rewarded by having the federal government cut off the funding for the program. The real reason; Minister Farrakhan being true to himself, speaking truth to power. People always want to hear the truth as long as it is about someone else–never about themselves.
Black media dropped the ball again at the forum. The only media invited to attend the forum was the Washington Afro- American, the DC editor, Ms. Latrina Antoine requested press credentials and was a no-show.
The only reason I granted her request was because my writing career started with the Afro-American newspaper as a free lancer. The late Ms. Frances Murphy the family matriarch was my mentor and encouraged me to write my first community/sports column for the Afro in 1974, but since her death the paper has been a day late and a dollar short (see link below).
Some of the most brutal police departments when it comes to African-Americans are found in Chicago, LA, NY City, Philly, Baltimore and Princes Georges County.
They are all in the Top Ten. Each has been under intense scrutiny by the FBI in the past several decades, but still many of us are standing or sitting around with our heads in the sand, especially, close to home. The leadership in Baltimore and Prince Georges County is a big part of the problem. Our dilemma, we are at war with the wrong people, AMERICAN people of color. The benefactors, ISIS, China and haters unknown!
In Maryland the lack of leadership starts with Governor Larry Hogan, PG County Executive Rushern Baker, the Police Chief, the State’s Attorney and Pimps in the Pulpit like John Jenkins.
In the final analysis, the black females in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and the Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby were the heroes as it relates to the recent riots in Baltimore and were responsible for saving black lives, because “Black Lives Mattered” to them.”
The Department of Justice’s report on the decades of corruption and brutality in the police department of Baltimore City proved they did not jump to conclusions in charging the six cops in the killing of Freddy Gray.
The Criminal Justice system and the black judge let the people of Baltimore down and not Ms. Blake or Ms. Rawlings. Did anyone, but me notice the timing of the release of the report? It was released days after all the accused cops were cleared by the court.
Rushern Baker it is said, has his eyes on the Governor’s Mansion despite the seemingly popularity of Governor Hogan. This is what you call a false/positive, meaning; “a test result (pregnancy) which incorrectly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is present”.
Governor Larry Hogan should be a false/positive when it comes to approval in the black community. He has traits of Donald Trump that are well hidden and Baker is not far behind him. They are what you would call, “two of a kind” in black and white.
For example, when the notorious PG County Executive Jack Johnson now serving time in jail for taking brides was thinking about running for re-election in 2006, one of Baker’s cronies approached me about supporting him in his bid to unseat Johnson.
But I had gotten word that Johnson had made Baker back down (gangster) and re-think his position, I knew then that he would be a go along to get along politician and his two terms as County Executive has proven me right.
The proof is always in the pudding; Baker was County Executive in 2013 when a prison guard pleaded guilty in Federal Court for covering up what was called a homicide by the state coroner’s office.
Nineteen year old Ronnie White an accused cop killer was found in his Upper Marlboro jail cell hanging by his neck KKK style. But the ruling was changed as a “Possible Homicide” by the State Police? Did anyone read how the State Police lab in New Jersey has been accused of falsifying thousands of drug test to show positive results when there was no test? There is no need to guess who the victims were and now serving time—people of color!
In Upper Marlboro a black jail guard Anthony McIntosh took the fall for the KKK style lynching. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges (lying about what took place on the night of the hanging).
A Federal Judge Alex Williams resided at the trial (former Kids In Trouble, Inc board member). Judge Williams was quoted saying, “Something does not smell right about this case”. He said, “I followed the federal guild lines in sentencing McIntosh to the maximum two-years.”
How could a black man as a County Executive in good conscience promote and reward the same officials who were a part of decades of police brutality, murder, cover-ups and corruption in the county promote them to a higher office? These were the same law-enforcement officials in 2008 conspired to hang the nineteen-year old Ronnie White by his neck without due process. This is also the shades of the KKK and Emmitt Till in Mississippi in 1955.
This jailhouse justice took place on the watch of a black Police Chief, Melvin High (a former DC Assistant Chief). The Prince Georges County Police Chief’s office kitchen was too hot and the Chief got out. The interference by County Executive Jack Johnson was over the top. He was trying to be the County Executive and Chief of Police all in one. Johnson as State’s Attorney was anti-police until he found a deadly rattle snake waiting to say “Good Morning” in his office before running for County Executive.
One of High’s trusted staffers, Barbara Hamm (Public Relations) said “enough is enough.” She resigned and headed back home to the peace and quiet of Tide Water Virginia. She now is the host of her own radio talk show and making sure folks are aware ‘That Black Lives Matter.’
Chief High was not far behind her, but he stayed around long enough to have the Ronnie White hanging attached to his watch. He retired and then un-retired and landed on his feet as the new sheriff in town in Prince Georges County—the cycle continues!
On Baker’s watch he has named a white Chief as head of Homeland Security, the chief’s assistant was named the new Chief and the partner of the assistant chief, is now the new Assistant Chief (who’s on first). I hate to be redundant, but I am going to quote Judge Alex Williams, ‘Something does not smell right about these in-house promotions’.
Instead of kissing ass, it looks like Baker has decided it is best to kiss the ring of political Godfather Mike Miller in the State Capitol of Annapolis. You can bet these were all Miller appointments.
Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. is the current president of the Maryland Senate. He has been a state senator representing the 27th District since 1975 and has served as president since January 1987.
Miller practically owns his hometown of Clinton, Maryland. According to my mentor the late State Senator Bucky Trotter, if you want to survive in Maryland politics, you have a choice of either, kissing Miller’s ass, ring or both. “The Good Old Boys” are still in charge.
Some white folks are racist and don’t know and sometimes you have to give them a free pass, but there is no excuse for black folks not knowing racism when they see or hear it.
The question was asked at the Ben’s Chili Bowl forum, “Why are there no white people here at the forum”?
I learned a long time ago “That every black face you see is not your brother and every white face you see is not your enemy.”
Invitations went out to white, Hispanic and black officials, for example; recently elected white Congressman Chris Von Hollen out polled the incompetent black Donna Edwards to represent the 8th Congressional District. During his run for the 8TH District seat I was corresponding with a young man by the name of Ely who was working in his media department.
I related to Ely that I was interested in supporting Mr. Van Hollen because there was mass dissatisfaction with Donna Edwards in the Suitland Community. I was in need of a bio on him. He e-mailed the bio the next day.
First, Ms. Edwards was indifferent and not accessible to our needs (she didn’t think Black Lives Mattered). I remember I tried to get her to open up an investigation into the unfair treatment of senior citizens in the nasty and filthy nursing homes in the state, she never returned a call. Her office staff was in over their heads. She was always running late or a no-show at too many community forums during her tenure. And many thought it was time for a change and I agreed.
Ely, the Von Hollen staffer followed the email up with a telephone call and did a great job in selling me on Mr. Van Hollen, but I was easy prey because I was sick of a do-nothing Donna Edwards, but as they often say, “Be careful for what you wish for”!
I wrote lionizing blogs on Black Men In America.com and on The Original Inside Sports supporting Von Hollen in the election.
I contacted his office two weeks before the forum to inquire about his participation. I asked for Ely, but was told that he was no longer on staff and I was referred to a young man by the name of Jonathan. He referred me to a young lady whose name escapes me, but she promised to get back to me. She never did.
Finally, I contacted a staffer by the name of Blain Nolan after several attempts of leaving voice mails with no response. I was beginning to wonder according to comedians Albert and Constello’s famous skit “Who was on first”? (see link below). That is how I felt after receiving the email response from his office below on Monday August 15, 2016
Good afternoon Harold,
Thank you for following up. Unfortunately, at this time the Congressman’s schedule does not allow for him to attend. If something should change this week I would be happy to let you know.
Director of Scheduling
Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen
1707 Longworth House Office Building
In conclusion, it looks like he is another Donna Edwards in the making—stay tune. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg
I send an Invitation to the white Governor Larry Hogan, No response. This was expected, because I had send a Priority Mail letter to him last year regarding “Cowboy Cops” in Prince Georges County. The letter was mailed in September of 2015 and with September 2016 fast approaching there still has been no response for a man who calls himself a leader of people. His plantation mentality still has him stuck in the 1920s and I guarantee, it will come back to bite him in his ass (see link below).
The white PG County Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski was also invited, the response I received from his office one day before the event, read as follows;
I apologize for the late response. Chief Stawinski is appreciative of the invitation for the Kids in Trouble, Inc. Breakfast Forum but due to prior commitments, he will not be able to attend. Please let us know if you should need anything in the future. Beverly
Beverly A. Coppock
Executive Administrative Aide
for Chief Henry P. Stawinski III
Prince George’s County Police Department
7600 Barlowe Road
Palmer Park, Maryland 20785 / 301 772-4740
No stand-in suggested
Invitation to white Commander Stuart Emerman of the 3rd District (Cardozo/Shaw).
From: “Stuart Emerman (MPD)”
Sent: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 12:45:15 PM
Subject: RE: INVITATION ONLY: POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS FORUM
Thank you for the invitation Mr. Bell, but unfortunately I will be on vacation that week and unable to attend. Thank you and be safe.
Commander Stuart Emerman
Metropolitan Police Department
Patrol Services Bureau
1620 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
My response, ‘Is there a second in command or community relations officer who could sit in your place? His follow-up response was;
“I will have to check the schedule to see which of my captains are on vacation, but normally on a Saturday we do not have a captain on the day work shift.”
Commander Stuart Emerman
Metropolitan Police Department
Patrol Services Bureau
1620 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Never got a follow-up response’, but several days before the forum a white officer working under his command was caught on video in walking distant of Ben’s Chili Bowl physically abusing a young black woman and never charged her with a crime.
The officer in question was seen picking up the young woman by her shirt collar and body slamming her against his police cruiser with her feet dangling off the ground. He looked to be over 6 feet tall and weighing in the neighborhood of 250 pounds. The young woman in question was barely 5 feet tall and weighing less than 100 pounds (see link below).
Is this the type of Police training being taught in the 3rd District by Commander Stuart Ermerman. Remember, this is a man, who quotes poet and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson with; “Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well”
I then invited white DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier, I received a timely response from Lt. David Augustine stating;
Thank you for this information. Unfortunately, Chief Lanier is unable to attend but she thinks this is an important dialogue to have. The Chief would like for Commander Taylor to attend on behalf of MPD. He serves as the Commanding Officer of the Sixth District and she thinks he would bring a lot to the table. I have included him on this email so the two of you may connect. The Chief thanks you for the invitation and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Commander Dave Taylor was an excellent choice for the forum and he did bring a lot to the table and hopefully, he took away a lot.
While we are playing “The Race Card” let me back-track and list the black officials who received an invitation who were no-shows with or without a response;
I extended invitation to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (I dropped the ball)
An invitation went out to black Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, we received email saying, there was a conflict in her schedule.
Thank you for inviting me to your Police Forum on
Saturday, August 20, 2016. I am pleased and honored by
your request, and would very much like to participate.
I regret that my schedule makes it impossible for me to
commit at this time due to a prior commitment. I
appreciate your kind invitation and hope that I will be able
to participate in the future.
Again, may I express my sincere regrets that my
schedule prevents my coming. Please also accept my very
best wishes for success.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
An Invitation went out to Ward 6 Councilman John Allen, but due to schedule conflict he was unable to attend, but his Constituent Service rep Ms. Naomi Mitchell sat in on the forum in his place and made a observation and contribution.
Invitation to black Montgomery County Executive Isacc Legett: Received a call from staffer saying there was a conflict in his schedule, but Human Resources staff member Luis Cardona would be in attendance.
Invitation to former member of Kids In Trouble Board of Directors, Federal Judge Alex Williams, Jr. No response
He was the sitting judge in the mysterious hanging of 19 year old Ronnie White in the Upper Marlboro jail in 2008 (still unsolved)
Invitation to First Baptist Church of Glen Arden, Pastor John Jenkins, No response
John Jenkins is one of the Game Players in the county who is killing black folks softly. He best can be described as a “Pimp in the Pulpit.” On several occasions I have sought his help in regards to me and my struggles and the community. In regards to me, he has reached out and back on occasion, but lives have been lost and are still being lost, because he puts power-based politics before life.
For example; this is the response I received from him after I had brought to his attention the problem of “Cowboy Cops in the county”.
Sent: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 1:09:44 AM
Subject: Fwd: URGENT OPEN LETTER: COW BOY COPS IN THE DMZ
Hi Pastor Jenkins,
I need your support on this important project that will hopefully save some lives (including mine) in our cities around this country where black men and boys’ blood is flowing in our streets because of “A War on Black Men” by police departments across this country.
Two months ago I wrote a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan relating to Cowboy Cops patrolling the streets here in PG County in cars of three harassing black men. After he failed to respond I wrote him an “Open Letter” that hopefully the world will see (see link below).
I asking you to forward the Open Letter on to family and friends here in PG and across the country asking them to call the Governor’s office at the two numbers found at the conclusion of the letter. They should ask him the question, why has there be no response to my letter of concern?
Pastor Jenkins, we no longer have to take to the streets to march, we can now do our marching with the new technology, internet, text, e-mail, etc. PG County is on the bubble of becoming a Ferguson, NY City, Phila, LA, Chicago, etc. We need to make the Governor aware that folks are watching him from all over America. This is a very dangerous stand I am taking, but our children’s blood is flowing in our streets, enough is enough! I am looking forward to your response. Thanks and God bless.
From: “John Jenkins”
Sent: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 7:40:24 AM
Subject: Re: URGENT OPEN LETTER: COW BOY COPS IN THE DMZ
I am aware and concerned about these incidents happening nationwide as well. I have approached the issue by dialoging closely and personally with the chief of the police department of Prince George’s County. I strongly believe that dialog and accountability is the best strategy to address this troubling challenge. I am also in close relationship with the county’s states attorney.
I agree with your assessment that we have new avenues to speak to injustice in our society. I am prayerful and hopeful that our efforts will address and change the injustices that our communities have been facing.
Note Worthy: I had previously tried to get him and others ministers who followed his lead to investigate the horrible conditions of nursing homes in the state, no response. My only living brother Earl a 14 year vet of the DC Police Department died in one August 1, 2014.
I e-mailed Pastor Jenkins’ response to 30 friends, family, church leaders, and community activist. Twenty-six responded and almost to a man and woman, agreed he was setting up his own Power-Base. They were not surprised by his response. The church is second behind him. His recent promo with TV 9’s Bruce Johnson was all about “Look at me” and many think that Johnson is on his payroll. Johnson was once known in the black community as “Dr. Death”, because when you saw him with a camera crew you knew someone was dead.
You would think a man of the cloth would take this suggestion and invite community activist and law-enforcement officers to First Baptist Church of Glen Arden for a pow-wow, but nine months later, nothing. Maybe he was having breakfast with the Chief and the State’s Attorney on Saturday out of sight.
Invitation to Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker, No response
Invitation to black Prince Georges County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks: Response,
Dear Mr. Bell,
Due to multiple scheduling conflicts, State’s Attorney Alsobrooks is unavailable to participate in Kids In Trouble, Inc. Police Community Relations and Justice Forum on August 20th. It’s critically important that such dialogue occur in our communities and I applaud your efforts.
Although the State’s Attorney is unable to participate at this forum, please consider us for future engagements.
Ola M. Hill
Community Affairs Liaison
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office
14735 Main Street, Suite M3403
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Note Worthy: No stand-in suggested and if she has partnered with John Jenkins of First Baptist Church of Glen Arden and her mentor is former State’s Attorney Glen Ivy, black folks in Prince Georges County are in Big trouble. See my column in the Washington Post’s “Close To Home” section in 2007 relating to how incompetent Ivy was as the State’s Attorney.
The Department of Justice’s recent findings as it related police corruption and brutality in the Baltimore Police Department came as no surprise to those of us who have devoted our lives to working in the “War Zones” of the inner-city.
The Police Community and Relations forum was more than about Chili half smokes, hot dogs or Bill Cosby. It was about saving lives in our community. The Chili Bowl has been on the front-lines on the U Street/aka Black Broadway corridor for the past 58 years.
The forum was definitely a wake-up call for the law-enforcement officers and community activist in attendance. They came from all different directions as close as Maryland, DC, Virginia, and as far away as Philadelphia and California (Bernie Chavis and Ken Price respectively). Many of them hung around to talk “Shop” long after the forum was over. I was impressed.
I cannot believe it when I hear people say how surprised they are with the unrest in the black community.
The Kerner Commission was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 to look into and discover why was race relations so bad in America?
The report’s findings; “We are headed in two different directions, two separate Americas, one black and one white—separate and unequal!”
We were forewarned. The benefactors from this unrest within will be our enemies, ISIS, China, Russian, etc.
As we watch this great country self-destruct, to understand why, we have to look no further then the CBS 60 Minute segment aired on Sunday August 21, 2016. The show was titled “Slave Ship.” Lonnie Bunch the Curator for the Nation Museum of Black History and Culture was the special guest.
It is estimated that over 12 million slaves were shipped from the port of Mozambique by the first slave owners, who where Portuguese followed by other slave owners the English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. The Portuguese did not have a GPS to lead them to the African Villages, it was other greedy Africans who led the white slave traders to those villages.
Does that sound Familiar?
In 2016 the new slave owners have names like the 1%, NRA, KKK/FOP, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX NEWS, ESPN, NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Republican and Democratic parties.
In 2016 their partners on the new Slave Ships are armed with GPS are as follows; Congressional Black Caucus, the Urban League, NAACP, the Black Church, NABJ and any other person of color who thinks they have made it in America–wake up everybody!
The most interesting part of the forum came when I tabled the questions; How can supporters of police departments who shoot and kill unarmed people of color say that 99% of police officers are good and hard working people and it is just the 1% that taints the department? No response. Or when I followed up with the early history of the department proving it was controlled by the KKK and the FOP is now the affiliate of the KKK.
The KKK established “The Thin Blue Line and Code of Silence” to protect white officers who brutalize people of color. The FOP never encouraged black membership, but we joined anyway to go along to get along.
When I followed-up with the question; How many people in this room can name a Fraternity Order of Police President in the history of the department whom has ever step forwarded in any platform and declared “That was a bad shooting!” The silence was deafening. You could have heard a mouse piss on cotton, the standing room audience went totally mute. Remember, the proof is always in the pudding!
“Never allow a man who has never been in your shoes to tell you how to walk”
When I read and see folks like Sheriff David Clark (Minnesota), the cop in Brooklyn and Peggy Hubbard taking a stand against the Black Lives Matter movement it saddens me. This is another case of black men and women who have no clue about their own history! Clark, Hubbard, the Brooklyn cop and others like them claim “Black Lives Don’t Matter”. I can only pray for them.
These are the kind of black folks that Russ Limbaugh, CNN, Fox News and the GOP prey on to spread the ignorance to our children who have no clue as it relates to Black History. And these idiots become their teachers in this important Game Called Life.
There is no one to tell them that their ancestors were Kings and Queens and not hoodlums and thugs like the ones that they see us portrayed as on the internet, in the nation’s newspapers and on national television.
I have been on both sides of the fence. 2015 marked 50 years I have been working in the war zones of DC, Maryland and Virginia with youth gangs and at-risk children (Kids In Trouble, Inc.). My two brothers were cops (U. S. Marshall and DC). My mentor was DC Superior Court Judge, Luke Moore. He was the first modern day U. S. Marshall in-charge appointed by the President of the United States of America. My dear and close friend Andrew Johnson was a top DC Homicide detective in the 60s and retired as supervisor with the DEA (we were teammates in high school and in the community). Former Detroit FBI Director Wayne Davis and I worked together in the streets of DC during the 1968 riots. This brother knew Black Lives Mattered before today’s organization, he tried to save DC Mayor Marion Barry, if he had listened “The Bitch would have never set him up”!
I have seen the GOOD, BAD and UGLY up close and personal. During the riots I worked side by side with DC cops and military personnel with only a DC police badge and God to protect me.
Deputy Chief Timon O’Byrant was only one of two black administrators in the DCPD in the 60s. He swore me in roll-call in what is now known as the 3rd District HQ. He thought that since I was a high profile personality in the community I might be able to save some child’s life. I was not a happy camper with a police badge, but could not say “No”. I knew he cared about the community and he had proved to me “That Black Lives Matter”.
My two brothers were good cops, but the cowards and bullies they worked with did not want “Good Cops” in their work place. They had to face the “Them against us mentality”. My brothers had to fight for their careers because of ‘The Thin Blue Line and the Code of Silence’. There were also a bunch of cowards from DC in the line of command who lacked balls to take a stand and went along to get along.
The CODE and LINE was established by members of the KKK who infiltrated the departments in the early years to protect and cover up the brutality committed by white policemen against black people across America.
The FOP is the modern day affiliate of the KKK. My question to all black men and women who oppose Black Lives Matter, when was the last time you heard a President of any FOP chapter admit in the murder of a black man and say ‘That was a bad shooting’? Never in the history of the department!
I am a native Washingtonian (4th Generation) now living in adjoining Prince Georges County, Maryland for the past 40 years. When it comes to police brutality PG County is one the most brutal police departments in the country ranking closely with LA and NY City. They were under FBI watch for decades.
I have yet to see a member of the PG County Police Department pull over and give a white person a ticket. The proof is in the pudding, on any given morning you can attend the Upper Marlboro Courthouse and take a seat in traffic court and there you will find 10 black faces to every one white face. I have yet to encounter a cop in DC or PG County make a group of whites sit on the ground in handcuffs and I am not one just sitting around watching the news.
A law-enforcement Alert; you were not DRAFTED into this job—you volunteered–the exact same message I passed on to my late brothers. I lost my younger brother Earl two years ago as a result of The Thin Blue Line and Code of Silence.
I will bet you a dollar to a donut that 90% of today’s active cops have no clue to who Patrick Murphy was or Frank Serpico (I worked with Mr. Murphy in DC). Evidently, Sheriff Clark, Ms. Hubbard and the Brooklyn cop are not aware in 1968 the Kerner Report was established by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate unrest in America among blacks and whites—their findings, “We are headed for two Americas, one black and one white, separate and unequal”! This was almost 50 years ago we were given “A heads-up”.
My brothers and sisters who don’t think Black Lives Matter, you need to do your HOME WORK, because it is best to be thought a fool then to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt! Furthermore, members of our police departments are ranked No. 1 when it comes to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN AMERICA! Silence is sometimes golden–Wake Up Everybody.
In a recent published column NBA legend Michael Jordan stated “I can no longer stay silent as men of color are shot down in streets across American and cowards ambush police officers who sacrifice their lives everyday”. Evidently, Jordan’s conscience won out, his father was the victim of gun violence. His decision to cross The Thin Blue Line and break his Code of Silence is nothing new for the black athlete. He is finally catching up with today’s out spoken Cleveland Cavalier star Labron James. Jordan donated one-million dollars to the NAACP Defense Fund and another million to the newly found Police Institute. The donation to the NAACP maybe a waste of money, this has not been my wife Hattie father’s NAACP for decades (President Orangeburg,S.C. chapter), the Police Institute remains to be seen. The best way to describe Jordan’s donation “Safe bet”!
The names Jack Johnson, Jesse Owens, Paul Roberson, Jackie Robinson and the list goes on and on when it comes to athletes taking a stand. Jack Johnson was the first black heavyweight Champion of the world. He won the title in 1908 and he was free in every sense of the word. He thumped his nose at the KKK and openly dated white women. Olympic sprinter Jesse Owens won four Gold Medals in the 1936 Olympic Games in spite of the cry of white supremacy by Adolph Hitler. He single handedly crushed the myth in Berlin, Germany with Hitler watching in a private box. Paul Roberson is considered one of the greatest all-around athletes in American history. He starred in football at Rutgers University. He was also a star in both stage and film versions of the Emperor Jones and Show Boat, and established himself as a popular screen and singing superstar. Paul spoke out against racism and became a world activist and was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism created by Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. The harsh reality of racism took a toll on the great Jackie Robinson after he crossed the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947. In 2016 you need a “Search Warrant” to find an African-American in uniform and there are still no black owners.
The uproar caused by the five NFL St. Louis players supporting Michael Brown in Ferguson again was nothing new when it comes to the black athlete in modern day history. They were not re-inventing the wheel. In the late 50s NFL legendary running back Jim Brown founded the Black Economic Union to encourage black athletes to give back to the black community and establish their own businesses. He was the leading force of the black athlete’s involvement in support of Muhammad Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War. According to former NFL coach and Cleveland Brown front office administrator Mike Holmgren , Jim was nothing but a “Hustler!”
In the 1968 Olympic Games sprinters Tommy Smith and John Carlos won the Gold and Bronze medals respectively. But their actions during the award ceremonies made the world take notice. They both raised their hands with Black Gloves opposing racism in America. Dr. Harry Edwards of San Jose State is the author of The Revolt of the Black Athlete and was the architect of the 1968 Olympic Project for Human Rights. Smith and Carlos were student/athletes at San Jose State. They were both banished from the Olympic Games and until this day The Olympic Committee has yet to issue an apology for this wrong.
Dr. Edwards was once an outstanding athlete on the San Jose State track and field team. He has been a contributor to The Original Inside Sports for over four decades.
When former NBA great and ESPN analyst Charles Barkley’s interview on CNN went viral as it related to his opinion on black men in America/Michael Brown and Ferguson. I contacted Dr. Edwards to make sense of the uproar. I also spoke to Michael Wilbon of ESPN to get his take on his friend Barkley’s views on racism and black men in America. Wilbon has agreed that we can disagree!
He has written two books on Charles Barkley. He said “Harold I didn’t hear the interview but I will see Charles tomorrow and I will get a response!” I turned to ESPN’s PTI to watch Wilbon and his partner Tony Kornheiser, but during that segment of the show there was no mention of Kenny Smith’s Open Letter to Barkley chastising him for his stand so I moved on.
This was Dr. Harry Edwards’ take on Barkley and Wilbon: “I love Charles Barkley– as long as he is sitting on the sports desk at TNT trying to explain why the Clippers will never win a championship as long as their toughest, most consistently competitive player is a 6’1″ point guard. But when he begins to offer jaw-dropping ignorant and uninformed opinions on issues from Obama’s Syria/ISIS policy to the “criminal” predispositions and proclivities of the Black community, I find something more productive to do like taking out the garbage or cleaning up my lawn. And the saddest part of it all is that he apparently doesn’t realize that the networks and interviewers are just flat out CLOWNING HIM!!! It’s a “What crazy crap can we prompt Barkley to say. And all the better if it is an attack on Black people!”
The “guess what Charles Barkley said on CNN” is incentive enough for the networks to persist in presenting and promoting this clown show– long past the time when it is either funny or even remotely engaging. Now both Barkley and the interviewers look like clowns– and justifiably so.”
Forget Michael Wilbon – he is as sick and confused as Barkley. He is the guy who while sitting on a major cable network anchor desk said ” I call my Black friends “Nigger” all the time – and there is nothing wrong with that.” This is a sentiment that Barkley agrees with– until the White boy sitting next to them calls somebody “Nigger” and then they want him fired! So don’t hold your breath for Wilbon to exercise either the balls or the intellectual integrity to challenge Barkley on his bull shit.
Dr. Harry Edwards
Jeff Roorda business manager of a white St. Louis Police Association called for disciplinary action against the five NFL St. Louis players whose “Hands Up” gesture was an expression of their Freedom of Speech as they ran on to the field of play. He demanded that the players be punished and that the team issue an “public apology.” Roorda has a history of corruption as a St. Louis police officer.
In the meantime, the black Ethical Society of Police (220 members strong) said, “We completely supports the actions of the St. Louis Rams football players in which they showed support for the family of Michael Brown by entering the stadium with their hands up.”
I had the opportunity to listen to the videotaped debate between Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on Inside the NBA held on Thursday night. The topic, Kenny’s Open Letter to Barkley as it related to Michael Brown and Ferguson. I was further confused by Barkley’s response to Smith for adding the word “Slavery” to the dialogue in his Open Letter, but he found nothing wrong with his friend Michael Wilbon using the word ‘Nigger’ as his word of choice while addressing his everyday buddies? What ever happen to common sense?
My opinion, Kenny had every right to bring slavery into the conversation. There is an old saying “If you don’t know your history you are bound to repeat it.” It is evident to me that Barkley does not know his black history. Shaq O’Neal made a valid observation when he said, “I don’t believe all the evidence is in the Ferguson case” but he was smart enough to leave the debate in the hands of Smith and Barkley. Shaq is a big supporter of law enforcement.
Any objective person no matter the color of one’s skin could easily see that black folks in the town of Ferguson were set-up to fail—they were in a no win situation. Still burning and looting should not have been an option.
First, it does not take a Grand Jury 100 days to reach a decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson should be send to trial. Second, why would the Governor of the state of Missouri put 400 National Guardsmen on standby before the decision is handed down and why is the decision read at 9:00 pm? Why would a responsible leader put the town in danger by giving the looters an opportunity to seek and destroy under a cover of darkness? Where were the 400 National Guardsmen that the Governor put on alert once the burning and looting started—nowhere to be found? Why were there no arrest made on the first night of the looting and burning? Smells like a set-up to me. The same set-up I was an eye/witness to in DC in 1968 when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, TN.
I was working in the U Street corridor when the orders were send down to the police to only moderate the looting and burning on the first day. The next day there were wholesale arrest, much too late for many businesses and residents of the inner-city—they had lost everything! A piece of Black History Charles Barkley knows absolutely nothing about because of his hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil mentality.
Charles Barkley claims without the police many black communities would be like “The Wild, Wild West!” And his most ridiculous observation ‘I don’t think the death of Eric Garner was a homicide.”
Garner was the black man choked to death on a New York street corner while selling loose cigarettes. He died while six white cops wrestled him to the ground, one had an illegal choke hold barred by the NYPD. He said several times to his attackers, “I can’t breathe.” But no one was listening. The Grand Jury freed the white cop.
But there are still claims that body cameras are the solution to police brutality but when the crime was caught on camera the guilty cop still gets a free pass. Something is wrong with this picture!
I have spent 50 years working in the schools, streets, playgrounds and courts here in the DMV. I have seen the Good, Bad and the Ugly in law enforcement. There are some goods cops but they are outnumbered by the bad and ugly. The bad and ugly are usually the cowards who hide behind their guns and badges. In today’s world it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the thugs from the cops. Some people say, “They are one of the same.”
For some reason beyond me the Powers-To-Be can’t see the Big Picture when it comes to police brutality in this country. No amount of body cameras are going to solve the Ebola like disease of racism embedded in police departments throughout this country. “The Code of Silence and The Blue Wall” was established to protect crooked and corrupt cops are the real problems. Plus, the criminal justice system is overrun with judges who go along to get along with the corrupt cops (Baltimore). Until we can find a way to change the plantation mentality thinking of Charles Barkley and the “Us against Them” attitudes of cops around the country, we are going to continue going in circles while the Jim Browns, Al Sharptons and the Jesse Jacksons are allowed to keep hustling the black community pretending to keep hope alive while our children and men of color die in our streets.
THE THIN BLUE LINE AND CODE OF SILENCE RULES THE ROOST!
Robert Alfred Bell (U. S. Marshall 20 years) and Sgt. Earl k. Bell (DC Cop 14 years) were 4th generation Washingtonians and were raised in Mt. Airy Baptist Church in NW Washington, DC. Their Great-Grand Father Alfred Johnson Tyler laid the first brick to built the church in 1893.
The Tyler House built for low income senior residents is located two blocks north of the church and is named after their Great-Uncle, the Rev. Earl Tyler.
“Serpico” the movie was based on the non-fictional book by Peter Maas, the film follows about twelve years (1959-1971) in the life of Frank Serpico, a NYPD officer who wanted to do the best that he could as a policeman. Working as a uniform patrolman, Serpico completed every assignment.
He moves to plain clothes assignments, where he slowly uncovers cops doing drugs, taking paybacks and other criminal actions that fall under corruption. Serpico decides to tell others the truth about this, but other officers make it hard for him to tell the truth and threaten him with termination and other kinds of punishment.
The struggle leads to fights in his unit, problems in his personal relationships, a near death experience, and the final meeting with the Knapp Commission, which met to investigate police corruption between 1970 and 1972: it disbanded before the release of the film.
Frank Serpico’s struggle with corruption in the New York City Police Department brings mirrors a DC cop, his name, Sgt. Earl K. Bell.
The movie made its debut in 1973 and Earl K. Bell joined the DC Metropolitan Police Department in 1974.
If I did not know my brother I would swear he copied his style of policing from the movie, but I know better because he was raised by his heroes to be an independent thinker. His heroes were his mother Mattie Bell and grandmother and the family matriarch, Amy Tyler Bell affectionately known as “Grandma Bell.”
Earl and I were raised in a NE housing project call Parkside in the 40s and 50s by a single mom and a devoted grandmother. My older brother Robert was raised by Grandma Bell. Our father Alfred Bell was a “Dead Beat Dad” right out of the box. The singing group the Temptations described him best with their chart busting Number One hit “Poppy Was a Rolling Stone.”
Too long there has been a myth that a black woman needed a black man to properly raise black children—Mattie Bell and Grand Ma Bell proved that was a lie many decades ago.
The lessons of integrity and honesty taught by our mother Mattie and Grandma Bell would later surface during our adulthood, Earl as a U. S. Military Policeman and DC cop and Robert as a tire salesman and grocery store owner.
In Germany Earl led a group of black enlisted men in a boycott to downtown nightclubs that discriminated against blacks.
In the July 1969 July issue of Jet Magazine it chronicled his trials and tribulations in the military as he fought for his and other enlisted men’s civil and human rights. The story also insinuated that I was visiting the White House with Richard M. Nixon and playing footsy with the President while his little brother was fighting racism in the U. S. Army.
The truth was his big brother was visiting the White House because during his youth he caddied at the Burning Tree Golf Club in Bethesda, Maryland on the weekends. It was there the Vice-President and his brother became mentor and mentee which led me to a Presidential appointment.
During our youth my brother Earl and I carried bags of food at the Safeway and I caddied on the weekends to help our mother make ends meet.
Our introduction to cops will never be forgotten. We watched while cops conducted weekend raids on our house in the wee hours of the morning. My welfare mother held card games and cut a dime on every dollar won. She also sold dinners and bootleg liquor to help make ends meet.
My brother Earl and I would sit on the steps and watch as the cops carried my mother out in handcuffs, the charge selling liquor and gambling without a license. We would sit there crying our eyes out, but she would look back and promise us “I will be back in time to get you to church in the morning” and she always was.
There were other encounters with the police. I remember there was a time when no food was in the house. Earl and I decided to travel to the other side of the tracks to the Safeway to earn enough money to buy some food. This was a weekday and there were few shoppers in the store. We decided to shoplift for our food and we left the store with lunch meats, hotdogs and cheese stuffed in our shorts and jackets.
Earl and I were about to cross the tracks to our housing project when a police car cut us off and two white cops threw us in the back seat of the car and sped off. They were calling us all kinds of niggers and the like. We thought someone had snitched on us and we were in big trouble caught red-handed with the stolen goods.
In the meantime, we were taking our new found meal and hiding it under the seat of the car. We arrived at the 14th Police Precinct District on Benning Road NE and were hustled and pushed into a room where there was a little old white lady who claimed she had been robbed by two niggers. Without hesitation she jumped straight up out of her seat and said “Those are not the niggers.” The word nigger never sounded so good!
The cops then took us to the back door and told us to stay out of trouble and to walk our black asses’ home. We walked about 50 yards and looked at each other and headed back to the police car and got our food from under the car seat. We laughed all the way home.
In 1958 we became homeless after our mother suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized. Earl was sent to Cedar Knoll (a reform school for juveniles) and I wandered the streets sleeping in park cars. I never missed a day of school because of my coach Dave Brown and a school of dedicated teachers led our Principal Dr. Purvis Williams.
One year later my older brother was on his way to college and Earl was released from custody of the juvenile court system. In 1959 coach Dave Brown convinced Winston-Salem State College coach Clarence Bighouse Gaines to give me a football and basketball scholarship.
In 1960 Earl hitched hiked all the way to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to watch his big brother play his second year of college football. I was a rising star under the critical eyes of “Bighouse”.
It was homecoming when Earl arrived on campus out of nowhere only to witness his big brother never get off the bench. Winston-Salem State beat Elizabeth City like they had stole something. He later discovered his brother’s smart mouth had him in “Bighouse’s Dog House.” He caught a ride back to DC with friends. Earl graduated from Spingarn in 1961 and the next thing anyone knew; he had made the smartest move of his life—he joined the U. S. Army.
Earl ended his Army career after 8 years plus and returned home to DC, but not before leaving his mark as a heavyweight boxing champion, table tennis champion, outstanding softball umpire and leader of a boycott of a downtown night club that discriminated against black enlisted men.
It became apparent the Army had no use for an outspoken black man who refused to walk with his back bent and head down.
In 1970 he told his brother that he was interested in a career as a DC Metropolitan Policeman. The brother had been working in the streets with youth gangs and at-risk children since 1965 (United Planning Organization and DC Recreation Department) had mixed emotions about his brother’s career choice, but reluctantly gave him his blessings.
The turn-around of his life was impressive. As a youth Earl was definitely a juvenile delinquent going to hell in a hurry. His crew included a petty thief by the name of Dave Bing who is now in the NBA Hall of Fame and was the Mayor of Detroit. His pursue of a career in law enforcement puzzled many of his former “Boys in the hood.” He suddenly would become ‘The Man’ on their turf with the power to lock them up.
Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Bill Raspberry picks up the story from here:
REJECT WINS APPEARL
July 18, 1970
Becoming a Washington policeman is not a new idea with Earl Bell. The 230-pound six-footer has been thinking about it for a long time.
But he almost didn’t make it.
“I’ve been interested in police work for years,” he said. “That’s really what I had in mind when I took those courses (at the University of Maryland’s overseas branch) in Germany.” The courses included criminology (in which he made an “A”), juvenile delinquency (“B”) and sociology and psychology (both “C”).
But until yesterday, Bell was wondering whether he would ever wear that policeman’s uniform.
He has a juvenile record. Bell who took his college courses as a solder, got out of the Army in December after 81/2 years. His idea was to return to his native Washington and join the police force.
I didn’t think I’d have any trouble,” he said. My Army record looks good; in fact, I have two good conduct citations. I don’t have any adult record at all; the only thing in my background that looks bad is my juvenile record and they’re not even supposed to take that into consideration.”
He is right on that score. Juveniles are not found guilty or innocent in the District. Rather, they are adjudicated to have been involved or not involved in offenses against the law, but as the DC Code points out:
An Adjudication is not deemed a conviction of crime ……(and) does not operate to disqualify a child in any future civil-service examination, appointment, or application for public service under either the government of the United States or of the District of Columbia.”
That seems pretty plain. But Jim Murray, the personnel director who has been one of the bright spots in the administration of Police Chief Jerry V. Wilson, thinks the framers of that law “probably didn’t have the police department in mind.”
He intimated that it is not particular unusual for police applicant to be denied an appointment on account of his juvenile record, in apparent contravention of the law.
Murray did say, however that Bell’s rejection was premature, the result of a mix-up. He explained it this way; Bell, who has been working as a correctional officer at the DC jail, passed both the written and physical examinations for the police force. His application then went to a sergeants’ review board for study, a routine step.
But the three-man sergeants’ panel, apparently re-acted to Bell’s juvenile record, refused to recommend him, and the case was forwarded —again routinely—-to Lt. Maurice Turner, chief of the recruiting section.
Turner said the next step should have been a conference between himself and Murray. Instead, “Some clerk in my office” sent Bell a form letter telling him that he had been rejected. A check mark appeared next to a paragraph that said: “Our character investigation reveals sufficient adverse material to disqualify you.”
The “adverse material” according to Bell, consists of two petty larceny charges and a disorderly conduct when he was 14 and charges of yoke robbery and assault on a police officer when he was 16.
“They say it is because one of the crimes involved a crime of violence, that’s the reason they disqualified me,” he said. “But the juvenile court judge ruled that I was ‘not involved’ in the robbery or the police assault. I was found ‘involved’ in the one of the petty larcenies and the disorderly conduct.”
What it boils down to, then, is that Bell was in danger or being denied appointment on the basic of a juvenile offense of which he was in essence, found innocent.
Fortunately, the case was brought to Murray’s personal attention and the “mix-up” has been straightened out. Bell will become a rookie officer next week, Murray said yesterday.
Still unresolved, however, is the question of turning down applicants—-because they have juvenile records. That’s one Murray might want to look into.
Footnote: If you believe Lt. Maurice Turner (later Chief) and Jim Murray’s version of this charade I have some property I would like to sell you located around the White House!
I never forget where I was and what I was doing on the morning when I got the news of the accident. My alarm had just gone off in my apartment in Prince Georges County, Maryland and the telephone rang. It was my nephew Kenny with the bad news that my brother had been in a bad accident on the way to work.
The accident took place 10 minutes from my resident off of the Suitland Parkway. My route to SE Community Hospital took me directly to Southern Avenue where the accident occurred. Southern Avenue crosses over the parkway. The bridge had ice on it and my brother’s car went airborne head on into a 16 wheel truck.
Earl’s car looked like a crushed can of soup I don’t know how they managed to cut him out of that car. When I arrived at the hospital I was told by the doctors it didn’t look good. Washington Post columnist Dorothy Gilliam picks up the story from there.
MONDAY APRIL 2, 1984
”I’m coming up on the rough side of the mountain,” declares a popular gospel song. That theme of the struggle and survival could well be the motto of a veteran Metropolitan Police Department sergeant named Earl K. Bell. His career has been punctuated by ups and downs:
First his superiors’ commendations, and then what he saw as their unofficial censure. “His only problem,” said one of his friends on the force, “he was too honest.”
But three weeks ago the vicissitudes of his career were put on hold—-perhaps forever. Sgt. Bell, 44, had a new fight: a struggle for his life. Driving to work March 14, his car hit an ice patch on the Southern Avenue and Suitland Parkway SE over pass bridge and his vehicle careened into a sixteen wheeler cargo truck traveling in the opposite direction. They cut him out of the car and rushed him to Greater SE Hospital. His entire chest was smashed, his legs were lifeless and he was suffering from internal bleeding with a clot on his brain. Surgeons operated for six hours and one called it the most traumatized case he had seen.
While Bell lay fighting for his life, the corridor outside his hospital was decked with so much brass that it looked like a top level meeting of the city’s police force. Police Chief Maurice Turner visited half times; Assistant Chief Marty Tapscott and Deputy Chief Rodell M. Catoe and dozens of police officers also came. They thronged the visitor’s lounge and brought food to Bell’s family.
“It was unbelievable,” said Bell’s Brother Harold, host of radio station WYCB’s ‘Inside Sports.’
“The people at the hospital were trying to figure out who he was. The top brass might not have always liked him but they respected him. It was a heck of a time to rally around. I appreciated it, but I said to one, where you when he needed you?”
Where was Bell’s superiors when he needed them seems to be a matter of interpretation. Bell’s friends feel he was penalized for not “playing the game.” Police officials disagree.
Bell started out in his own neighborhood in far North east then worked in upper northwest where he was promoted to sergeant. It was at 6001 Georgia Avenue (the Fourth District) that he got involved in a celebrated local case. In 1978, Bell was one of two officers who complained to their superiors that fellow officer Tommy C. Musgrove allegedly had beaten a man while he was in custody at the police station on a disorderly conduct charge. The man reported the alleged beating; a grand jury returned an indictment against the officers who was sentenced to a year in jail—only Musgrove served time the white officer never served a day.
In a retrial, however, Musgrove was found innocent. In the months that followed the deaths of several men in police custody have brought increased scrutiny to the use of force by police officers. But in 1978 the indictments and conviction of a city police officer as a result of brutality was unusual.
“Ever since that incident they turned Bell up one side and down the other,” said Goldie Johnson, President of the Metropolitan Washington Wives Association. “When he saw officers abusing citizens’ rights, he began to report it.”
Sgt. Irving Downs of the Sixth District recalls that Bell once blew the whistle on a group of officers assigned to apprehend stolen autos and bogus license tags who were harassing people by taking legitimate tags off cars.
“He didn’t go along with it…..he got the foot beat and was told to keep quiet but he wouldn’t. His principles was stronger than the job,” said downs.
Police spokesmen say they don’t know of Bell getting any assignment that was not one sergeant are normally required to perform. The spokesmen added that there are many police officers who stop bad things from happening.
Bell’s 14 years on the force have been marked by continued fighting for his beliefs. At the time of the accident, he had been transferred again after an alleged dispute with a lieutenant.
Doctors are guardedly optimistic about Bell’s recovery but whether he will ever return to police work is in question. His friends and family say the sergeant is still climbing up the rough side of the mountain. Only now, they add, he has broadened his motto to include another line from the song. It goes: “I’m holding onto God’s unchanging hand.”
Note Worthy: My brother Robert faced the same Code of Silence and Thin Blue Line as a U. S. Marshall, but unlike DC brass and homeboys Maurice Turner, Issac Fulwood and Marty Tapscott, former U. S. Marshall in Charge, Luke C. Moore had his back. I slept in the visitor’s lounge of the SE Community Hospital for two weeks straight until my brother Earl came out of the ICU. His wife and children seldom visited. He finally succumbed to his injuries August 2014 alone in a Bethesda Hospital.
FREDRICK DOUGLAS MEETS BEYONCE AND JESSE WILLIAMS!
“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” was presented in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852. It has come down to us as a classic in rhetoric, oratory and literature.
Douglass had moved to Rochester 1847 and almost immediately began publishing a weekly newspaper called The North Star. In 1852, he was invited by the local Anti-Slavery Society to address the “meaning” of America’s “Independence Day” as it applied specifically to black people. In attendance were between 500 and 600 mostly white people, each paying 12½ cents to hear him and he gave them their money’s worth and more.
Frederick Douglas’s Independence Day Speech 1852.
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.”
– Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852
On this July 5, 2016 morning after, Beyonce and Jesse’s acts of defiance are a distant second and third when compared to Frederick Douglas, but never the less the recognition was deserved.
Beyonce Knowles and Jesse Williams are Black America’s latest and newest entertainment heroes.
She caught white America completely off guard with her Super Bowl performance in January 2016 when she honored Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. The problem, the 1% had no control because she didn’t ask for their permission.
Ditto: Jesse Williams won the Bet Humanitarian Award. He is an actor on Grey’s Anatomy television show. His acceptance speech was not scrutinized and edited by the white own Viacom before the fact.
Dr. Boyce Watkins’ Face Book post reads “Jesse Williams proves he is not scared of white folks”
I wonder why an intelligent man like Dr. Boyce Watkins makes it sound like Jesse Williams is the only black man who is not scared of white folks! Dr. Watkins is another one of those “Educated Fools” in our community who should be thought a fool and not open his mouth and remove all doubt.
It looks like he is watching too much Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Charles Barkley, and the other paid for hire clowns who perform for the major media outlets on America’s television screens.
Let us not forget Paul Roberson, Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, Michael Jackson, and Prince, they were not afraid of white folks and neither is Dick Gregory. But still in 2016 the VIACOM/BET Awards are still being exclusive instead of inclusive.
I stopped watching BET the popular awards show for black folks for the simple reason, they kept recycling the same old black folks every year. They made it seem like they were the only ones doing good things and making sacrifices in the black community of approximately 13 million people.
But I guess the bottom-line was “Star Power” which meant actors, athletes, musicians, and politicians were the only ones eligible for recognition.
The bottom-line is we still don’t own any major media outlets to control the image of black folks in America, could that be the reason why Dr. Watkins thinks the rest of us are scare of white folks?
For example; Washington, DC native Furman Marshall’s impact and contributions in Black America is second to no living actor, athlete, musician or politician.
His 50+ years of work in the inner-city of DC with youth gangs and at-risk children is legendary. Through the martial arts the benefactors from his good works can now be found in cities all over America. They are now, doctors, lawyers, politicians and professional athletes. The teacher taught and he taught well.
Mr. Marshall and his partner Phil Cunningham are the founders of the oldest black martial arts organization in the world, Simba Dajang. The organization has touched thousands of young people all over America.
Mr. Marshall later found Black Ski the oldest black ski organization in the world. Members learn to sky dive, scuba dive, mountain climbing and other death defying activities where black folks seldom if ever ventured.
As the history of the martial arts over the last half century is recorded and documented, the name of Furman Marshall has attained iconic status. A former Marine and Action Hall of Famer, Supreme Grand Master Furman Marshall is a 10th degree black belt, who along with Fulbright Scholar Phil Cunningham, founded Simba DoJang in 1963. A student of legendary Ki Whang Kim and Soo Wong Lee, Furman has either personally promoted or sanctioned over 1,000 black belts in 20 Simba affiliated schools.
Prior to his retirement from the ring at the youthful age of 65, he was a fierce competitor with the likes of Joe Lewis, television action actor Chuck Norris and Joe Hayes. Furman stood only 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 168 pounds, he won hundreds of trophies and his mentees have amassed thousand of tournament wins. In 1977, Black Belt Magazine published an article proclaiming “Simba DoJang of Washington, DC is the winningest Karate Studio in the World.” His students have competed in Afghanistan, Canada, Russia and Spain.
It is hard to believe that Simba began in a basement in an area riddled with crime, you name the crime and it was found in Ward 8 in Southeast( S.E.), D.C.. Furman is credited with not only saving countless youth from drugs, violence, death and jail, but he transformed entire communities. He empowered neighborhoods. Prior to 1980 over 5,000 students had trained in Simba along with 30 black belts.
Furman’s business model was unique. It was “not for profit” meaning it was free to all. Kids who wished to participate in tournaments were sponsored by the group, who pooled their resources. Tournament winnings were reinvested so others could participate in future events. He made sure that Simba’s primary mission was to serve underprivileged students in the inner-city.
In a recent interview he recalled a story written in Black Belt Magazine he said, “I teach in the ghetto where I prefer to stay because of the need to help young boys and girls stay out of trouble.” For the next 45 years under Furman’s leadership, Simba‘s schools would start in no-less than 10 inner-city recreation centers. The centers were located in the most crime ridden areas of the Nation’s Capital. The crimes of rape, murder, muggings and robbery were a part of the landscape.
Simba was not left unscathed, on several occasions Simba was challenged by the hoodlums and thugs of The Hood to co-exist in the same space. Intimidation and attempts at disrupting classes occurred. Furman bravely standing alone ‘invited the intruders to meet with him ‘Outside.’ What occurred afterwards is the substance of ‘Urban Legends.’ It is safe to say, no one interfered with Furman’s mission to teach the under-served again.
As Furman Marshall fought his way around the world to become a legendary martial arts icon, he gained that iconic status by meeting and beating other Black Belts along the highways and byways of the World. On one occasion he would encounter movie and television action star, Chuck Norris (Texas Ranger). The two would meet in the finals of one tournament with Furman coming away as the victor.
BET thanks for honoring Jesse Williams who’s timely acceptance speech pointed out the continued police brutality in the black community and how they continue to stand-down white folks while using black folks for target practice.
After Beyonce’s performance at the 2016 Super Bowl honoring Black History. The Fraternity Order of Police called her performance “Anti-Police” and called for a
nation wide boycott of her upcoming tour in the United States–too late. On June 12th on the first leg of her U. S. tour she sold out Hersey Park in Pennsylvania. After her BET performance she immediately left for Europe and a sold out Wimberly Stadium performance. The U. S. tour picks up again in October 2016.
Instead of worrying about groups like ISIS, the Fraternity Order of Police in America are more concerned about keeping black folks silent and in their place (dead or alive). Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech was a reminder that the most important game being played in Black America is not football, basketball or baseball, its the Game Called Life!
It is brothers like Grand Master Furman Marshall and other black men and women who are beyond the spotlight of national television and movie theaters who are keeping hope alive. They are the men and women who quietly paved the way for Beyonce and Jesse in the 21st century.
WE NEVER COULD HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT HIM———HE HAD OUR BACKS
Two weeks ago thousands of people visited the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Friday June 10, was the home-going services and celebration of the life of Muhammad Ali. All eyes were on the speakers and celebrities in attendance.
The celebrities included former President Bill Clinton, television broadcaster Bryant Gumble, comedian Billy Crystal, former Heavyweight Champions Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and actor Will Smith among others.
But the most important man in the champion’s life was paid little or no attention, his only brother and sibling Rahman aka Rudy. He had Ali’s back and was his brother’s confidant during the height of his boxing career. Muhammad Ali never could have made it without him and neither could I.
I am one of the benefactors of Rahman’s kindness and good deeds. I met Ali first on the campus of Howard University in 1967. He was holding court with hundreds of students on the steps of one of the administrations buildings. The topic would be his refusal to be drafted into the United States Army.
Shortly after the rally he said to no one in particular “I want to see DC” and I volunteered to be his tour guild. During the walk down the Georgia Avenue corridor we talked about my work with youth in the inner-city.
I reminded him that he had taken a courageous stand against The Powers-To-Be and he reminded me of the stands taken by Jack Johnson, Paul Roberson and Jackie Robinson. They had faced similar racist acts in America. Boxing never came into the conversation until we arrived at 7th & T Streets around the corner from the legendary Howard Theater.
Harvey Cooper known as DC’s oldest teenager because of his bubbling personality suddenly came of Sam K’s Record store with hands up challenging the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Ali didn’t miss a beat and joined in the act.
It was a great day for me, Harvey and the hundreds of students Ali met that day on the campus of Howard University. I cannot imagine how many students on the campus (some only in their minds)are now telling their children and grandchildren, the day they met Muhammad Ali.
Three years later in 1970 I would meet Rahman in Cleveland, Ohio.
DC Attorney Harry Barnett and the late Washington Star newspaper columnist J. D. Beathea would invite me to ride with them to Cleveland for a boxing exhibition for charity. A Children’s Hospital in the city was in financial straits and Muhammad Ali had agreed to help the city raise money to save the hospital.
The trip would enhance my career in sports talk radio and television beyond my wildest dreams.
I could hardly get my bearings when we walked into the hotel lobby and there stood Muhammad Ali holding court with the media. He looked over and saw me and yelled, “Harold Bell what are you doing this far away from home?”
The rest is community and sports media history.
It was here I met a man who would go on to become the most popular man in boxing, second only to Muhammad Ali—Don King. Stay tune that is another story.
When news reached me over two weeks ago of the passing of my friend, I was relieved because I knew he was in a better place. Three decades he fought the dreaded Parkinson disease but in the end the disease did what George Foreman, and Joe Frazier could not do, it counted him out!
I know his brother Rahman is really in a bad place right now, but he knows his brother loved him, despite the tough times and obstacles placed in his path to keep them apart in the twilight of their lives. Sometimes family can be a bitch and then you die—I have been there and done that!
The last time I saw The Greatest in person was at the Verizon Center in 2005. His daughter Laila was fighting on the undercard of Mike Tyson when he refused to come out of his corner for the 7th round against journeyman Kevin McBride.
I had no clue that the champion was even in the building until I accidentally bumped into Rahman heading toward the limo Ali was riding in. He grabbed me and pointed toward the limo and said, “Go stand over there, he wants to see you.”
The next thing I knew I, The Greatest was coming toward me with what looked like the entire Verizon Center crowd following him (Georgia Avenue corridor 1967).
In the meantime, I took some photos of out my brief case that I had planned to show to Laila his daughter. The photos were of Veronica, me and him at a DC Chamber of Commerce Dinner in 1974 at the Sheraton-Park Hotel.
Rahman brought him straight to me. It was rather awkward when I tried showing the photos to Veronica and the champ tried to sign them, but his hands were trembling so bad I backed off.
Rahman insisted that I let him sign the photos, because he was making every effort to autograph them for me.
I left the hectic scene thinking how thoughtful and kind he was to me despite his health problems. Evidently, he and Rahman had not forgotten who I was and what I meant too them.
As I look back I pray that The Greatest did not forget his only brother and sibling when his will is read. Rahman deserves better than what he has received because there were times when he had to carry the champion. I hope The Greatest remembered he was not heavy—he was Rahman’s brother!
It does not take a genius to count from zero to two or to understand pro sports and major media outlets are the last plantations in America.
For example; in 2016 the NHL has zero ownership, MBL has zero ownership, NFL has zero ownership, NBA has one black owner and many in the black community thinks he should be designated as “Other”. It is not about jobs in the black community it’s about ownership.
The NHL is led by a racist by the name of Gary Bettman and this is not based on he say, she say. I was up close and personal with Bettman (NBA Counselor), Ron Thorn (NBA VP) and Horace Balmer (Head of Security) at NBA headquarters in New York City in 1978.
In 1978 I was hired by Nike as a Sports and Marketing rep to cover the eastern region of the U. S. John Phillips was the Director of Basketball and Marketing for Nike Shoes. He asked me to join him in New York City to meet with the NBA brain trust of Bettman, Thorn and Balmer.
In 1977 Nike sponsored a trip to the Bahamas, the home of NBA star Mychal Thompson of the L. A. Lakers (son Clay Thompson). The trip was in conjunction with a charity All-Star Game with other members of the NBA that included Magic Johnson. The league balked at the 1978 game and John was called to New York City for the meeting.
The meeting got off to a cordial beginning with everyone smiling and shaking hands, but once the discussion started, Bettman claimed the game could not be played. When John asked the question why? Bettman’s response was, “Because we own the players!”
I jumped up from the table and said “I beg your pardon, are you saying the players are slaves”? All hell broke loose and the meeting had to be adjourned to a later time and place. We never met again and that is how I remember Bettman. He showed his true colors. It was then I understood why Irving Johnson was named “Magic” he disappeared like a puff of smoke leaving me and John Phillips holding the bag.
In 2016 there are no “Major Media” outlets own by black folks (newspapers, radio and television). The 1% who control all the wealth can be found in their Ivory Towers and luxury box suites on any given Sunday in sports arenas throughout America enjoying combat between the lions and their slaves. If you have any doubts that the plantation mentality is a figment of my imagination, look no further then Washington, DC, the Nation’s Capitol—once called “Chocolate City”, there its taxation without representation!
According to ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith, Wilbon, is “One of the most respected sports journalist in America and a pioneer”??? Wilbon would have us to believe, that the reason behind this country’s racist charade are ‘Analytics’? Come on man!
For example; was it analytics that got winning coaches Tony Dungee, Mark Jackson and Lionel Hollins fired. Sonny Hill got kicked to the curb by CBS back in the day?
Remember, this is the same Michael Wilbon who as a sports columnist while at the Washington Post, claimed his sports editor George Solomon looked over his shoulder and told him what to write and what not to write. Why should we think anything has changed?
Remember, this is the same Michael Wilbon who volunteered and told me in the NBA Wizards’ press room, “ESPN wants me to appear on a segment of “Outside the Lines” to discuss the “N word,” but I have decided not to appear because the white host has no horse in the race”!
I was impressed, because he was finally taking a stand. He had been “A go along to get along Negro his entire media career.”
The following Sunday, who do I see sitting on the set of “Outside the Lines,” with the white host who had no horse in the race discussing the “N-word? Michael Wilbon.
Major media outlets like “The Undefeated,” are still trying to dictate to us who our heroes are and who they are not. Our heroes are definitely not “Go along to get along Negroes.”
Nine out of ten barber shops in the inner-city will say “No” to Michael Wilbon and his partner in deceit, Stephan A. Smith, because they speak with ‘Fork Tongues’.
I remember when Washington Post sports columnist Donald Huff wrote a column on me in the 70s as it related to my impact on sports talk radio. He went to the street corners, playgrounds, pool halls and barber shops in the Shaw/Cardozo to see how I rated. Glenn Harris a sports talk show host on WHUR Radio on the campus of Howard University, said, “The folks in the streets love Harold Bell, I can’t figure that one out yet!” The Common denominator—I am from the streets.
Several years ago Stephan A. Smith was participating in a panel discussion on racism in America for Essence Magazine. He flat out said, “I cannot talk about racism on my radio show because my white audiences who pay my salary don’t want to hear it.”
He spoke several months later at his alma mater Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. During his Commencement speech, he chastised the graduating class to stand for something and don’t just fall for anything! Now if that is not talking out of both sides of your mouth, I don’t know what is.
According to USA Today writer Jason Lisk, “Wilbon didn’t find any cross-examples of black people who embrace analytics. Since the article posted, others have pointed out that he didn’t ask them. It would require some analytical interest in finding the truth, but if you want to say that race matters when it comes to those small groups interested in analytics, you could maybe do a poll, and ask questions that isolate hardcore sports fans, race and income and age, and knowledge of certain stats. This piece is not persuasive at all that it matters. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t”. So who is to say, this is not something Wilbon made up?
I like USA Today writer Lisk’s assumption, “It would require some ANALYTICAL interest in finding the TRUTH”. I refer back to actor Jack Nicholson’s courtroom statement in the movie A Few Good Men, ‘Some folks cannot handle the TRUTH’—-meet Michael Wilbon.
ESPN just launched a new website titled “Undefeated” aimed at discussing and focusing on black issues in America. Man, give me a break!
Washington Post columnist and former radio talk show host Mike Wise on 107 FM in DC The Fan is a contributor and I find him more trustworthy then Wilbon when it comes to trying to get the story right as it relates to the black community.
They are the only two names that I recognize so far as contributors. I thought cheerleader Jason Whitlock was on board but I understand ESPN fired him before the site launch.
I was critical of Wise when he wrote for the Washington Post, but I also gave him credit when credit was due (same with Wilbon). Wise is not a bad guy but for some reason like most in sports media they become full of themselves.
For example in a Washington Post column in January 2013 he called out RG3 shortly after Rod Parker was fired from ESPN for asking “Is RG 3 a “Cornhead Brother?” Stephan A. Smith and Wilbon were so quiet you could hear a mouse piss on cotton (see summary of column below).
WASHINGTON POST SPORTS COLUMNIST MIKE WISE CLEARS ESPN’S ROB PARKER
On Sunday January 12, 2013 there was a column titled “Why won’t Washington Redskin QB RG lll talk about his team’s name?” The story appears in the Outlook section of the Washington Post. The commentary was written by Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise.
He was knowingly or unknowingly asking the same question former ESPN analyst Rob Parker was asking his colleagues on ESPN’s “First Take” and a national television audience on Wed December 12, 2012. Rob wanted to know if RG lll was a real brother or a Cornhead brother and if he was down with the cause (where was his loyalty)?
Wise said (summary), “The one person who could make Redskin owner Daniel Snyder come to his senses and realize it is time to stop demeaning Native Americans. But I fear that Griffin is not that guy, and not just because he’ll be focused for the next few months on physical therapy on his knee. No young, dynamic leader of an NFL team is that guy (or old dynamic leader). Pro players (or blacks in sports media at ESPN) who take on controversial social debates are gone, replaced by athletes (or sports media personalities similar to Stephen A. Smith) whose goal is not to offend-because that would mean fewer commercials, a loss of sponsors and, God forbid, a Q rating lower than Michael Jordan’s.”
The bottom-line as Wise pointed out in his column, there are no more Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Arthur Ashe, or Curt Floods “who were down with the causes!”
That was all Rob Parker was asking on ESPN’s “First Take.” The question if you re-call, ‘Is he a brother or a Cornhead brother and is he down with the cause?’ The answer according to Wise’s column is YES to both questions.
First, ESPN suspended Rob Parker for 30 days before waiting two weeks into his suspension before firing him.
Wise, I am sure can relate to Rob Parker’s fate at ESPN he was recently fired from his sports talk show at 107 FM “The Fan” in DC which I am sure he thought was unfair (welcome to the black side of town).
We must remember as we move forward (or backwards depending on where you are sitting) professional sports in America are still the highest form of exploitation. The plantation mentality is alive and well (a media press room is a close second).
Whether Mike Wise wanted to or not he cleared Rob Parker’s name with the blessings of the Washington Post! He revealed RG III’s real identity!
I have not forgotten when Wise invited me to be a guest on his radio talk show the “Fan” after my blog on the Bleacher Report titled “Will the Real John Thompson Stand Up For Jayson Whitlock” went viral with over 30, 000 hits in three days.
http://bleacherreport.com/users/121596-harold-bell / See Jason Whitlock loud and wrong on John Thompson
Wise and his cheer leading co-host tried to ambush me by defending John Thompson against my allegations of him being a corrupt college basketball coach and a worthless human being. The show burned up the air waves and former City Paper columnist Dave McKenna gave me high marks for sticking to my guns as it related to Thompson. I am always going to get high marks—you cannot go wrong when you tell the truth.
John Thompson, Jr. continues to be the worthless human being I said he was. Recently he refuses to allow his son Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III to be his own man. This past season Big John stormed into a press conference being conducted by his son. He demanded that his son stop answering questions and when he continue to answer the questions, he told him to “Shut the F—K up!”
It gets worst, last month Bob Grier once one of his best friends and assistant coach for the Georgetown basketball team died. Bob along with Sandy Freeman use to keep me off of John’s sorry ass on the DC NE playgrounds, he was as soft as cotton. Big John attended the funeral with his girlfriend and former mistress Mary Ann Finley (academic coach for the team). Finley was once engaged to marry Bob Grier until John stole her away and fired Bob.
James Wiggins was Big John’s “Bag Man.” Wiggins ran the Urban Coalition Summer Basketball League for Big John until the gate receipts came up missing.
He said, “I sat right next to him at Bob’s funeral and he would not even speak to me.” I forgot to tell Wiggins, ‘John was just being John, he wanted you to show him the money!’
In one of his e-mail responses, Wise said, “Harold you belong in the Hall of Fame, but you have probably pissed all the judges off!” Mike Wise, ‘You might be on to something!’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfKQOH5_iiw / the Original Inside Sports
The benefactors who came through Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports before their 15 minutes of fame speaks volumes; Dave Aldridge (TNT) James Brown (CBS) Dave Bing (NBA) Tim Baylor (NFL) Kevin Blackistone (ESPN) Jamie Foster Brown (Sister 2 Sister) Adrian Branch (NBA) Adrian Dantley (NBA) Larry Fitzgerald, Sr. (Minn. Spokesman) Bobby Gardner (NFL) Glenn Harris (WHUR) Darryl Hill (ACC) Jo Jo Hunter (NBA) Cathy Hughes (Radio and TV One) Dave Jacobs (Boxing) Jair Lynch (Olympian) Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxing) Tony Paige (NFL) Butch McAdams (Radio One) Vasti McKinzie (AME Church) Oden Polyniece (NBA) Aaron Pryor (Boxing) Bill Rhoden (NY Times) Chris Thomas (BET) John Thompson, Jr. (Georgetown) Cecil Turner (NFL) Omar Tyree (author) Michael Wilbon (ESPN) Michelle Wright (Radio One). Liabilities and benefactors after the fact; Jim Brown (NFL) Don King (Boxing) Earl Lloyd (NBA) Doug Williams (NFL) Willie Wood (NFL)
If Wilbon thinks because there is a black President, Barack Obama, one media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, and one NBA owner, Michael Jordan, if they are his best examples of black progress in America, he is dead wrong.
We just got through celebrating Brown vs Board of Education’s landmark decision on April 16, 1954 banishing school segregation in America. Would you believe sixty-two years later in Cleveland, Mississippi blacks are still not allowed to attend schools with whites. Alabama leads the nation (200+) when it comes to Civil Rights cases on the court docket. Racism is alive and well and thriving in America.
On May 27, 2016 Judge Debra M. Brown ordered the town of Cleveland, Mississippi to confront its segregated past, insisting the town had been violating children’s civil rights, and that it is the school district’s duty “to ensure that not one more student suffers under this burden.” Analytics had nothing to do with this kind of racism.
In 1954 my Spingarn high school basketball teammate Spotswood Bolling was the lead plaintiff for the DC Public Schools (Bolling vs DC Board of Education) and I lived through that landmark decision. I was a freshman student/athlete at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC in 1960 when students from North Carolina A and T University kicked off the first ever sit-in at the segregated Woolworth lunch counter stores. The sit-ins spread 30 miles up the road to Winston-Salem and me and student/athletes Al Mayor (DC), Luther Wiley (Lynchburg, Va.) and Barney Hood (Decatur, Illinois) against the wishes of our coach, Clarence ‘Bighouse’ Gaines join the boycott. The historical March on Washington in 1963 led by the Rev. Martin Luther King I was there.
In 1968 I was standing on the corner of 9th and U Streets aka Black Broadway when riots broke out after the shooting death of Rev. Martin Luther King in Memphis. I was working for the DC recreation Department as a Roving Leader (Youth Gang Task Force). On that April 4th bright sun shiny day, my co-worker Green Bay Packer safety, Willie Wood was standing with me. During the riots Willie and I were joined on the U Street corridor by Luke C. Moore, the first black modern day U. S. Marshall in-charge in America, appointed by the President of the United States. The three of us walked arm in arm in the streets while buildings burned around us.
The web site claims, “The Undefeated is the premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. We enlighten and entertain with innovative storytelling, original reporting and provocative commentary.” My question, how can you be ORIGINAL when there is no-one on staff ORIGINAL when comes to black history? They can only tell stories from he say, she say, there is nothing ORIGINAL about that! The Undefeated will be similar to The Bleacher Report (own by CBS), it will be about control—been there and done that.
For example; there can never be an ORIGINAL INSIDE SPORTS, copied but never duplicated!
How many of us remember when our parents had to decide when it was the proper time and age to teach us about the Birds and the Bees? Today our kids can teach us about the Birds and the Bees and everything else they can GOOGLE on the internet, AKA The Undefeated.
In 2016 we have to teach them about the Cops and the Thugs, who sometimes are one of the same. Police shootings of unarmed black men in America are off the charts.
I have spent five decades working in the DC streets with youth gangs and at-risk children. I have seen the Good, Bad and Ugly of law-enforcement up close and personal.
I am not anti-cop; two of my three brothers were law-enforcement officers encouraged by me to join the force to try to make a difference. I am anti-bully cop. There are some good cops, but they are overrun by the bullies and cowards on the force controlled by the KKK known as the Fraternity Order of Police.
The KKK infiltrated police departments all over this country in the 1800s with strict orders to keep “Niggers in their place by any means necessary”! Some now sit in courtrooms in robes all over America, several in black face. The fix is on in Baltimore!
In 2016 those KKK members now run the Fraternity Order of Police and are Chief of Police in departments all over this country. The 1800s’ mentality is alive and well.
When was the last time you heard a President of the Fraternity Order of Police admit, “That was a bad shooting”? Let me tell you when—never.
All shootings “Are Good” as long as the victim is black.
Now the Fraternity Order of Police want to boycott Beyounce’s Concert in Philadelphia claiming she is anti-cop. The reason; her Super Bowl performance celebrating Malcomb X and the Black Panthers. The real problem, she didn’t ask for their permission—they had no control. The Undefeated, I bet was found on the same mentality.
My brothers Earl (DC Cop) and Alfred (U. S. Marshall) experienced “The Thin Blue Line and Code of Silence” while trying to be Good Cops.
The first modern day U. S. Marshall in Charge and DC Superior Court Judge, the late Luke C. Moore stepped in to save Alfred’s job and a black DC Assistant Chief Isaac Fullwood sold my brother Earl out by honoring and condoning the Code of Silence and Thin Blue Line. Earl turned in a white and black cop who targeted and brutally abused black prisoners only in their cells on the weekends.
The problem, there are too many making excuses as it relates to how dangerous it is for policemen on the streets of America. We forget this is an occupation that they signed up for—they had a choice and were not drafted into the job.
On the flip said of the coin—we were born black and had no choice. As long as the 1% control the politicians and they force us to live in these Section 8 Housing/Ghettos all over America with no-way out, black on black murder will continue to spiral out of control.
Our problem, we don’t know our history and when you don’t know your history you are bound to repeat it.
How can we claim progress or success when we leave our brothers and sisters behind in Mississippi and Alabama or in any inner-city neighborhood? We travel to Third World countries to help them solve their problems before solving our very own!
I understand I am a tough act to follow in sports talk radio and in the community; The Original Inside Sports was Outside the Lines before ESPN and Real Sports on HBO. The Original Inside Sports cared long before the NBA, NHL, MLB and the NFL when it comes to community service.
NFL Films (CBS) videotaped the first ever NFL promo for national television at the Kids In Trouble Hillcrest Children’s Center Saturday Program in DC in 1972. Washington NFL players RB Larry Brown and LB Harold McLinton were shown teaching inner-city children water safety. Dave Bing (NBA) and Willie Wood (NFL) were the first pro athletes to give back to the community (via Kids In Trouble, Inc.)
How many sports talk show host are responsible for successfully campaigning and getting pro athletes into the Hall of Fame? Meet Willie Wood, he was one of the greatest defensive back to ever play in the NFL and Earl Lloyd was the first black to play in the NBA, they both were ignored despite their contributions. Willie was finally inducted in 1989 (via Dick Heller) and Earl in 2003 (via Red Auerbach) thanks to my media blitz campaigns for them.
Ask me how many athletes have I gotten out of jail using my political contacts and media outlets; the first was DC’s playground basketball legend, Spingarn High School’s Bernard Levi, the next was a man considered to be the greatest NFL player of all-time, Jim Brown (NFL Captain of Domestic Abuse) and Jo Jo Hunter rated in my top 5 when you mention DC playground basketball legends (Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Willie Jones, Adrian Dantley and Jo Jo Hunter). Jo Jo is a former confidant and salesman for: James Brown (CBS), Eddie Jordan (NBA) and the list goes on and on—stay tune.
I am the only man on the planet who has broken bread with two of the most controversial personalities in American History, President Richard M. Nixon and the Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
This new websites like “The Undefeated” is another ploy to use black folks like Wilbon, Smith and Whitlock. They keep falling for just anything and not standing for something. The Undefeated and similar websites will be the blind leading the blind. There is nothing analytical about racism in America.
Note Worthy: Horace Balmer died last year and my sincere condolences go out to his family. I remember at the NBA All-Star game in Houston in the 80s and NBA legend Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe was without a ticket to get in, but too proud to let anyone know. I told Horace of Earl’s problem and he got him in through a side door. Horace was a good guy away from the NBA office (RIP).
As family and friends prepare for the home going services for a son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, athlete, and pioneer, we will be remember Kevin Tatum as a MAN who stood for something and didn’t fall for just anything.
Kevin Tatum led by example as the point guard on the City Championship 1969 McKinley Tech High School basketball team in Washington, DC and as sportswriter for three decades. He covered sports for newspapers in St. Louis, DC and in Philadelphia. It was never easy, it never is, when you are honest and a man of integrity in today’s dog eat dog media circus.
Kevin discovered as I did, folks always want to hear the truth as long as it is about someone else, but never about themselves.
After college Kevin sport’s writing career started out in St. Louis, but after a short stay there he came home to work in his “Dream Job” the sports department of the Washington Star newspaper, but that was also short-lived. The paper filed for bankruptcy in 1981. He applied for a job in the sports department of the Washington Post without any success. This was really a blessing in disguise, the paper already had on board the just arrived Michael Wilbon, Dave Dupree and a couple of other go-along-to -get along Negroes. Kevin never fit the profile required to work for the Washington Post.
We had several conversations about his future in the business as he mailed out his resumes to newspapers around the country looking for his next job. His next assignment would carry him to the City of Brotherly Love. I discovered by chance through his late uncle Craig that he had landed in Philly. I immediately called Sonny Hill (Mr. Basketball in Philadelphia) and Philadelphia Inquirer sports writer Elmer Smith asking them to keep an eye on him. He was highly respected by his peers despite assignments by his editors to keep him away from the juicy assignments of covering basketball mainstays like Penn State, Temple, La Salle, Villanova and the NBA.
Despite the assignments to the high school and Division II basketball beats, he made sure their stories were accurately told and went eyeball to eyeball with editors who tried to put a different spin on his stories.
The media in all forms is one of the most insecure professions known to mankind, especially for blacks. The reason, the opportunities are far, few and in-between. Black folks will step on each other, stab you in the back trying to get that ONE opening.
I applaud Kevin for being able to last in this cut-throat business for three-decades and leaving on his own terms–without the label of “Designated Tom!”
Radio talk show host Sonny Hill remembers Kevin as a brother who was a frequent guest on his Sunday morning talk show “The Living Room” heard on WIP All Sports Radio in Philly. He said, “Kevin walked with his shoulders back and his head held high. There were a lot of trials and tribulations, but he manage to weather all the storms.”
Former basketball All-Met at Eastern High School in DC and Villanova basketball standout Bernie Chavis says, “I didn’t know Kevin, but I read his columns in the Inquirer. He was an excellent writer and all I heard was good things about him in the community.”
The overseer of the Washington sports department was my old friend George Solomon. He ran a Gestapo type sports department, according to highly respected veteran high school sports reporter and native Washingtonian, Donald Huff. George often looked over the shoulders of his reporters which was not a bad idea sometimes, but he too often looked over the shoulders of his columnist who were suppose to have some independence over the written word in their columns.
George allowed me to write several free-lance columns for the sports department and I have written several “Opinion” columns for the Editorial Page. I have seen the Good, Bad and Ugly of the Washington Post. In the 70s and 80s I was in and out of the Washington Post sports department so often folks thought I worked there.
George Solomon and his writers were frequent guest on Inside Sports.
I will never forget how Michael Wilbon cried on my shoulder in the Green Room of the Howard University TV station before we were scheduled to be a guest on the Kojo Knamdi Show. His complaint, George often looked over his shoulder and changed his columns to his dismay.
My advice, “You are a talented writer and I am sure you could find a better position with your credentials. Why not send your resume to the NY Times or LA Times?”
Famous last words, shortly after that advice, Wilbon would become a star columnist, a ESPN television co-host with Tony CORN-HISNER. This is one guy who should get down on his knees every night and thank God he was born Jewish and white (no talent).
Wilbon has co-authored books with NBA Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley, played golf with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. He is a millionaire and has been elected to several media halls of fame. Here it is 40 years later, the question to myself should be, “What did I know and when did I know it?” It looks like George knew best or did he?
Let me make one thing perfectly clear, I love Wilbon like a little brother and when my younger brothers the late Sgt. Earl “Bull” Bell and my younger brother Puddin aka Billy, Tyrik, or William, stepped out of line as grown men, I stepped to them! It is no different with those who came through Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports before their 15 minutes of fame.
My next question, what price did Wilbon pay for all those accolades? He had a heart attack that almost took him out of here and lost a lot of credit and trust in the community, especially, when he went on National television saying, “It’s okay to use the N word among family and friends!” This was after telling me in the Wizards (NBA) media press room, “I have been asked to be a part of the discussion on the N word on “ESPN’s Out Side the Lines but I am not going to participate because the white host has no horse in the race.” The next Sunday I turn on the TV and who do I see sitting in on that same discussion saying, ‘Its okay to use the N word?’
Kevin Tatum would never have gone back on his word because of the pride he had in himself of being black and proud. He was a product of a home that thrived on integrity and honesty.
In a recent e-mail I said, I would jump over a one-hundred, Michael Wilbons, Stephen A. Smiths, and Kevin Blackistones to get to one Kevin Tatum. There is no common denominator as it relates to Kevin, Wilbon, Stephen A and Blackistone, accept all four were sports writers and black to some extend.
Remember, Kevin was an outstanding impact athlete in high school and on the playgrounds of DC. Wilbon, Stephen A. and Blackistone could not play dead while in high school or college. Stephen A. claimed he played for Bighouse Gaines at Winston-Salem State my al-mater. In a conversation with Coach Gaines during homecoming several years before he died, he said, “Stephen A. Smith never got off the bench”–I rest my case!
In the meantime, for those of us who knew the real Kevin Tatum should not be alarmed by the story that appeared in his old newspaper the Philadelphia Inquirer obituary reporting his passing. The story claimed he plagiarized a story he had written during his tenure??? The obituary was written by some sports department go-fer by the name of Sofiya Ballin whose boss is evidently the one who tried to set Kevin up from the very beginning.
D. C. have no fear, Garry “G” Cobb is here. Garry is a classic case of a former NFL star who transitioned successfully to a radio and television career. Garry played linebacker in the National Football League for 11 years. He spent 6 seasons with the Detroit Lions, where he was a team captain for three years and led them to the playoffs in two of those years. Garry then played three years along side Hall-Of-Fame player Reggie White as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished his career with two years in Dallas playing for head coaches Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson. Some of Garry teammates in Dallas were Hall-Of-Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin. As an outside linebacker in Buddy Ryan’s vaunted 46 Defense, Garry had his best day as a pro when he registered 4 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in a single game against the Atlanta Falcons and was named the Sports Illustrated NFL Defensive Player Of The Week. He held the Eagles single game sack until Clyde Simmons surpassed him with a 4.5 sack game. Garry was traded by the Lions to the Eagles in 1985 for one of the Birds All-Time greats Wilbert Montgomery. Cobb played on some outstanding defenses while playing for the Lions. He led NFL linebackers in interceptions with five during one of his years in Detroit. Garry also led the Cowboys with 7 1/2 sacks during one of his two seasons in Dallas. After his football career, Garry became a popular sports radio talk show host on Sports radio 610-WIP in 1991. He became known as G. Cobb and has developed quite a following among sports fans and especially Eagles fans in the area. In addition, Garry was a sports anchor and reporter on CBS-3 television in Philadelphia for eight years.
This is what Garry wrote on his blog page SPORTS 24×7.com in May of 2012 relating to the false accusation by the writer on the Dead Spin blog site. He said, “We have learned this week that the plagerism accusation against Kevin Tatum that was posted by Dead Spin in November, which had Tatum stealing a blog regarding Villanova basketball and claiming the information enclosed as his own, was at the very least a miscommunication between Tatum and his immediate supervisor” (see link below for complete story).
When Kevin was contacted about this story, he said “No comment I have moved on!” I am sure that is exactly what he would want family and friends here in DC to do—move on. Rest in peace little brother.