Wednesday, December 01, 2004

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor: He Got Shame

He Got Shame
J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

In the full court press to place blame for the Pacers-Pistons brawl,
Ron Artest is sacrificed. But who, really, is at fault? pay the bills for sports franchises – and all the salaries of players, coaches, and commissioners alike – and so as much as fans might be culpable in the Basketbrawl in Detroit, the NBA cannot afford to go there. Somebody must be sacrificed, and this time it was Ron Artest. Was he lynched? That is far too harsh a word for those of us old enough to remember was lynching was really about. Will he suffer greatly, or at all? Perhaps, but that is not the point. What has happened is that in the Ron Artest Affair we have watched history altered before our eyes, shaping public opinion, and then affecting the conclusion. Of all the things about this event, that should worry us most of all.

He Got Shame

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