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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 05:07 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hello, My name is Anthony E. Prior I have written a book called Faith On 40 Yards. I am eleven-year professional football player. I spent seven years with the NFL, three of those years with the New York Jets, and four years with the CFL. I am one of the few professional athletes willing to discuss the state of football that the general public never sees, one where racism is subtle, but prevalent. I was voted player representative to the Canadian Football League Players Association by my teammates during the 2003 season. I participated in the evaluation of potential recruits for the Calgary Stampeders.

"Faith on Forty Yards says what Lawrence Taylor wanted to say but couldnít. It says what Barry Sanders should of said but didnít and what many expected Robert Smith to say but wasnít voiced. Keyshawn Johnson tried to say it but he wasnít heard. This book expands on Warren Sappís description of the NFL ďas a slavery system.Ē I respect all these men for their contribution to the pro football industry. However, their silence has inspired me." The players that speak up usually get ostracized, labeled as troublemakers or diagnosed as a potential cancer to the team. You known what happens to cancer man! Surgery or chemotherapy! If you buck the system, youíre definitely are a prime candidate for re-education, better known in pro leagues as the trade.

Many black players say itís a slave system, but give us details, give us emotions, give us something to read to articulate, to share with friends, family and ultimately the world. There has been so much talk about the NFL being modern day slavery, but fast talk and useless words can't paint the picture. This book will take you through my career in which I have experienced hypocrisy either personally or through the eyes of my teammates. These experiences will heighten the consciousness of the thousands of young men in pursuit of an NFL career.

I believe in the near future, black players will unite and establish a strong voice within the NFL. It has been 102 years since Charles W. Follis took the field, making him the first black NFL player with the Shelby Athletic Club in 1902. We are still competing, not leading. If the slave of the 19th century was in the same arena as the 21st century black pro football player, who would be more influential? Please tell me what you think and if you have any advise for me on how to get my book to an agent or anything let me know Thanks

For further information on Anthony Prior please contact him at Jyd41ap@aol.com Please feel free to visit his website at www.stoneholdbooks.com. Thank you for your time.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 05:15 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Now, all you ladies who are about to jump in here...STAY BACK!! I found him and invited him over...HE'S MINE! Ya'll have ABM. Leave Anthony alone. He's a nice young man.

J/K Anthony, but prepare yourself for some serious debate, my brotha. LOL.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 05:25 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hold up Lawchic! You just got here yourself. And I welcomed you and errythang. Humph!
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 05:27 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey bring it on I ready Lawchic...hey did you check out my website? There's more on the book...
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 05:30 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, maybe I'll share him with you Crystal, but we have to protect him. He's still young and impressionable.

A. Don't worry. I'm going to check out the website. Check out mine. Maybe you want me to review your book.

www.suburbansista.blogspot.com
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 05:54 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome Anthony. Your book sounds interesting and timely. I know a lot of folks see the black quarterbacks and coaches we have now and think weíve made it. Itíll be interesting to get a behind the scenes look at whatís really happening. And I like what you say about showing young people that pro sports ainít all about the bling.

Good Luck!
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:01 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

nunh unh yall! Law and Crys, Im the one that gave a shout out and told the lurkers that we need some new meat er I mean MEN around here!

Psssssssst Hey A! ( we got somethin in common already our screennames start with the same letter) you aint on the "downlow" now is Ya?

tee hee!
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:01 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome Anthony!
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:09 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lawchic I check out your site it's really nice. I would like it if you would review my book. Email me at JYD41AP@aol.com and I will get a copy out to you.
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Hey A_womon, No I am not on the downlow....Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:13 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Didn't the late Curt Flood, a black baseball player on the St. Louis Cardinals make these same "slave system" charges against the game of baseball after they attempted to trade him against his will? I think he was the first player to buy out his contract and become a free agent after he took his owners to court. Anyway, I'm trying to muster up some empathy for ya, Anthony, but with the astronomical salaries being paid professional athletes I need some convincing. Here in Chicago, The Bulls have a black player who is being paid over $50,000 a game to loll around on inactive status, passing his hours away, stocking up on platinum jewlery. He is injury-prone and all attempts to trade him have been unsuccesful because of the huge salary clause another team would have to honor. Meanwhile the Bulls' white point guard is getting paid half of what this black player is being paid and this little critter is the best scorer on the team. Also this black guy played a total of 36 minutes last season and still drew a full salary. Not to worry. You will probably be encouraged to know that my views are pretty unpopular on this site because I tend to play the devil's advocate. But since you are speaking about the NFL, you may have a different slant, so state your case, babe. ( And, in keeping with the spirit of your reception here, even though I'm um - a little older than the others, I was just wondering - is your body all buffed and husky and agile and, um, you know, like that?

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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:15 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

LAWCHIC!!!

You're so pretty! You look like the women in my adoptive family. And they're some wonderful women!

I was adopted and raised by a Military family, you know. My father is Lt. Marvin Johnson and he worked at the Pentagon for many years.

In fact, when they were interrogating me about Osama Bin Laden (and kept me at that drafty Pentagon for 6 days straight), my father was the only one who could raise enough hell to get me out. Not even the powerful black politicians that I called had any pull.

Your face is so friendly and kind.

Nice web site, sister.




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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:16 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Anthony.

It's wonderful to have you on board.

Your book sounds very interesting and timely.

Good luck with it.



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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:27 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cynique: I know huh!
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:34 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cynique asked: ( And, in keeping with the spirit of your reception here, even though I'm um - a little older than the others, I was just wondering - is your body all buffed and husky and agile and, um, you know, like that?"

:::stage whisper::: Keep up, old girl. He posted his website and it has a photo gallery...
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:36 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you , Kola. Maybe you'll send me one of your new books to review when the time comes.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:43 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mr. Pryor. MMMMMMMHPH! You lookin MY-T tasty MR.Sir. mmmmmmmmmmhmmmmmmmm...sho is! Sho Sho Sho issssssss..... DEELishi OH SO..

what us ya ummmmmmm status??
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:49 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lawchic, I'll have them send you autographed copies of all the ones that have been published in the U.S. so far and when my autobiography drops, I'll send you that one too.

Look for them in a week or so.






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Cynique,
I appreciate your comments I thoroughly enjoyed my career and am thankful for what I have been blessed with in my lifetime. Money doesn't make the man, the man makes the money! Understand, I am not condemning the football industry, I am simply stating factual information of personal experiences and allowing the world to see a little bit of reality not all the fluff they are use to being fed. Some folks can't handle the truth but, I can look at the man in the mirror and know that I have spoken the truth.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:50 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow, he is cute.

And if only he knew how pretty and chesty and young you are, A_WOMON.

***hinting********






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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 06:53 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I gotta ask, lawchic. You can take a pass if you want to, but - do back the war in Iraq?
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But my mothering instinct warns you, A_WOMON.

Athletes are not the best men to be interested in.

I'll bet Anthony's got pussy all up under the bed and behind the curtains and in his clothes hamper...just pussy, pussy, pussy.

At his fingertips.

Or, he could be into gay boys.
Or exclusively into white girls. BET...as dark chocolate as he is.
Or he's married.

Well. THINGS A MOTHER WOULD SAY.

***chopping celery for the potato salad I'm making***





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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:06 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

E-mail me Kola and I'll send you my address. kimaray@bellsouth.net

Cynique: I have no problem in saying that I was not in favor of our invading Iraq. I never believed it was the threat that was alleged. The only problem is that we can't back out now. We have to swallow our pride, work with the U.N. and find a way to make this mess right.

Do I support our troops? Absolutely. I pray for their safe return and grieve the ones who never will.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:11 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kola, you is siiiiiiiiiick!!hahahah! But A say he aint on the DL. HHhahahhaha.

Don't get nervous A--I'm only teasin... ya...probly...maybeeeeeeeee.
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OK, Anthony. Your book sounds like it might be an interesting change of pace, something different from the usual fare out there in the black book market. Good Luck.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:17 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lawchic, I emailed you.

And Cynique...just out of spite and because of the situation in Sudan...I was originally FOR the war.

I love seeing Arab Muslim Imperialist nations bullied and crushed and fucked over by Imperialist might.

But....now, because ALL my friends are so adamantly opposed to it (and because I'm a liberal Democrat)...I now am against it.


HI A_womon!!

Love you, girl.


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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:19 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lawchic, I hear ya. BTW, cool web page.
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:20 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi kola! girl you a mess!
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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:27 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

well I have one woman in my life she has my heart totally. She is my rock, my friend and my lover. She is working with me on my book and she created the website for the book.
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And she's WHITE,

isn't she Anthony?


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Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 07:33 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brother has been in Canada for a while, hasn't he?? LOL

We're just kidding Anthony...don't run away just yet.
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Kola, most of us Democrats are not voting for Kerry, but agaist Bush. Bush and his evil cabal are dangerous to this country.
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p.s. she is black & a southern woman at that.
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Cynique: Thanks. I have very little skill in building web pages, so I took the easy way out and used a free blog.

Anthony: Where are you, baby?

See! Ya'll scared the man an' he dun got ghost on us. LOL.
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Uh-Oh...BAM! In your face, you playa haters!
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Anthony, please tell us that she was your high school or college sweetheart?
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Hey I don't scare that easily ...It's all good ....lol
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Well then !!!

I'll be sending you a wedding gift, Anthony.

And you're such a beautiful Iboni boy. I'm from Sudan, so you remind me of a Nubian.

Very healthy and royal looking.

That's so wonderfully pleasing to know that we'll have some more grandchildren that look like us--over here.

tima usrah (through fire comes the family)

Best wishes to you, young lion.





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No she is not my high school or college sweetheart. My older brother set us up on a date. My home is in California.
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SEE! A damn! couldn't you of at least waited til
TOMORROW ta bust a sistah's bubble? NOW what Ima "dream" about tonight? hahahahhaha!

For real though, I aint madATcha playah. Im glad you got a good sistah in ya corner!
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Kathleen and I live in California, too Anthony.

And Crystal.


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Kola_boof, your words really touch my heart thank you ... peace to you
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Just call me Kola, Anthony.

And be warned....we talk a lot of crap in here and argue politics and flirt sexually and act a damn fool.

MANY famous authors post on this board and also agents and other industry people, so it's a good place to have your name seen.







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Welll CREW....I guess we done broke him in.

LOL




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I'll check in on you folks later. My daughter just called from college...the car is on fire!! Yikes!!
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Damn, I missed all the fireworks up in here. A_Womon actually ASKED the brotha if he was on the downlow... that's too much.) LOL

Why am I always on the late freight?

Welcome, Anthony.
And congratulations on your book.
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Tragedy averted. Well, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is no more. But hey, that's what insurance is for. No worries. Just wanted to make sure our daughter was safe...which she is. Now, she's begging me to come pick her up for the weekend because she's car-less. They are so spoiled. What would they do without us?
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Lawchic... you left us for 62 minutes after telling us "the car is on fire" (one eyebrow raised, one eye narrowed) ;|

Glad your daughter is safe.

wheeeeww. exhaling now.

:-)
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Thank God your daughter is alright, Lawchic.





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Anthony,

Welcome to the wondrous world that is Thumper's Corner. I, along with everyone else here, look forward to meddling your knowledge, experiences and interests with our own.

It might inspire those who read this post to buy you book if we could get a general sense of what you are trying to say. Care to share with us a small 'teaser' from it?


Ladies,

HAHA!

Look at you. One rich, boof ex-NFL'er steps in the joint and all yawl start to twitchin' like crack addicts stranded in a Columbian cocoa field.

Any you wonder, Kola, why guys like Anthony have p@$$% hiding behind their beds?

Hehe!
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Lawchic,

I am happy to hear your kid is fine. :-)
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Yes, LC glad she's well!


Kathleen, now you know the worl' we livin in, a sistah gotsta cover AWWWWWLLLLLL areas when a prospective sangle HUNK of black charm roll up on the corner, showin alla dem muscles and spewin alla dem raw male phermones uh....oh hol'up. Oh yeah the man say he gotta woman, I forgot!

anyways, these days Kathleen, askin a brotha if he on the downlow gots to be question number ONE. The only question more important is, ah scuse me Have you been tested fa HIV and number three is, is you packin? I mean did you PACK some condoms IN ya pocket?
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Ditto.
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That "ditto" was to echo the well-wishes other posters offered in regard to your daughter, lawchic.
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So sorry. Didn't mean to distress. She didn't call me directly. I got a call from a friend telling me. So, I had to break to make sure. The fire dept. was still there when I got her on her roommates phone. Her cell phone was dead. Then I had to call the insurance co., etc.

I'm going to pick her up tomorrow (she's about an hour away). All is well. And thank you for all the concern. I feel like family (sigh).
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Lawchic,

You know you one of my baby girls. Give me a hug. And don't mind my hands. That's just how we hug each other where I come from.
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He comes from the same place COOKIE MONSTER comes from, Lawchic.

So bring your GLAD tie-up bags with you.




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Lawchic,

And, believe me, if there's anyone who knows about my skillz at eating 'cookies', it would be Kola.

Because I've got her 'crumbs' all over my beard.
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Anthony,

There are several things that bother me about Black pro athletes.

You disproportionally populate the league yet that rarely translate into any significant ownership and/or managerial control.

The majority of NBA/NFL coaches are STILL white, even though Black make up 70 - 85% of the leagues rolls. I can't imagine that the NFL could be 80% Jewish and that NOT be reflected amongst it owners/coaches.

And how is it you NFL'er allow the owners to get away with not guarenteeing your contracts (which do exist in pro basketball, baseball and hockey) when you have the shortest most dangerous careers?

I think at some point the Warren Sapps and Keyshawn Johnsons are going to have to stop complaining and band together either to demand a higher cut of the take or have the guts to try to put together their own league.
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Eeeewww!! You sooo nasty. I'm going to bed. Nite.
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Lawchic,

Chicken!
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Good Morning, Here is a sample of one of the chapters in my Book that you asked for tell me what you think... I know you tell LOL

As I lie on my back I feel the grass against my neck, I hear my coaches and the other players talking and laughing.
I watch the quieter players, knowing that theyíre
wondering what the coaches really think of them. Iím supposed to be stretching, but Iím having a moment of recognition and heightened consciousness. I ask myself, ďWhy am I out here?
What am I trying to prove to these coaches and players?Ē The sweat runs down my face, over my ear, and down my neck. I sure would like to be in an air-conditioned building behind a
desk, telling people where to go, what to do, and when to do it.
Instead, Iím here on the football field. Itís the seventh day of
training camp.
During training camp, before the football season starts,
the weather is always hot and the mosquitoes bite like hell. The
pressure to perform can sometimes burn like fire if you let it.
At training camp, coaches and personnel evaluate new talent to
see if the new players have got what it takes to be a soldier on
the battlefield of play. Training camp is like playing war games:
the soldier who can stand the pressure and always have enough
enthusiasm and tenacity to withstand day in and day out and
perform under any circumstances, wins the crown and finds
himself on the team. He gets a numbered jersey that bears his
name but really, thatís all he has in the end, a name on a jersey.
The coaches and scouts double the roster for training
camp. Going into camp, you sell your soul and some of us even
burn bridges for this opportunity. You leave your family behind
and some of us even leave our unwed girlfriends with our kids,
thinking we have made it to the Promised Land. But when camp
is over, half of the players are jobless. Iíve been on that side of
the fence and Iíve seen players let that one bad experience alter
their whole life. For when training camp is over, football is over
for some players forever.
The sad thing about training camp is the relationships that
are broken. At training camp you share a room with a stranger.
You develop a bond with that person. You stay up all night long,
talking about life, love, women, and football. And then it dawns
on you that your roommate is the man youíre competing with.
He stands between you and your childhood dream of becoming
a pro football player. On the field he becomes your enemy even
though off the field heís your friend. You watch his every move
on the field as you practice and, when he slips up or makes a
mistake, in your mind you celebrate his misfortunes. You chalk
up one for yourself, because the player who makes the fewest
mistakes wins the crown and wears his name on the back of
his jersey. When it comes down to making the team and the
coaches having to choose, we only hope for ourselves that we
make the cut. Itís sad, but itís so true.
During one training camp, on a hot afternoon in August,
the coach seemed to lose track of time and, after practice was
over, he said to us, ďTomorrow Iím giving you guys the day off,
but remember this, men, your bodies belong to me.Ē After
hearing that I felt a little uneasy and perplexed as I walked
towards the locker room. I heard the wind in the trees speak to
me. I could hear the cry of my ancestors. I could feel the sway of
the slave ships. I may have been a little dehydrated at the time,
but a spirit had come upon me. I looked at my brothers around
me, sweating like slaves, fighting each other like animals on the
fields, disrespecting each other, all in the name of fame. Listen
and let me take you into my thoughts, and hear the spirit of
slavery that today is modern-day football.
People have written and said that black athletes are the
finest-tuned machines in the world. Many say we were created
by God to do things many of us canít do. I believe that black
athletes are just entertainers who get dirty outside. I know
we pose no threat to anybody. I feel like a king with no crown.
Iím just a product on the shelf. For every Anthony Prior on
the field, there are another 200 more around the corner. The
positions we hold as football players are short lived. Our bodies
are not our own when it comes to big contracts and fame. Thatís
why being a black athlete today I canít help but think back to
slavery. In my opinion slavery is one of the worst crimes done
to humanity and America still hasnít given us blacks an apology.
Thatís sad. I have no problem writing about what my eyes have
seen and my ears have heard. For one, Iím black, and Iíve been
involved in pro football for ten years. Iíve seen a lot and heard
a lot. Most important, I have the knowledge and experience to
back it all up.
To really get a good understanding of football and slavery,
letís go back to the slave ships, a time and place in history when
a mindset was created. The mindset of fearing your master
was set by beatings and torture, with hangings for slaves who
didnít obey and who refused to cooperate. Now they donít
beat us on the field; instead they just cut us and say, ďHe was
uncoachable,Ē or ďHe had a bad attitude.Ē History tells us these
stories. Iím just putting them in todayís context. Four hundred
years ago the slave ships told us that our bodies were not our
own, our lives would be forever changed, our families would be
separated, and see what lay before us. This attitude has been a
mindset towards blacks all over the world and has also been a
mindset in football at all levelsóhigh school, college, and the
pros. Itís most relevant in locker rooms, where the mentality of
some black athletes have made me laugh but has also driven me
into a silent rage.

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Abm:

They ain't gonna band together. They are competing against each other. Why am I going to band together and see you get more money than me or get my job?

The whites have a lock on it because it is their ballgame, babe. They started it, they run it, they finance it, they decide who gets in and does what.
Am I, or anybody else, gonna start cutting grass around your house or working on the roof or the plumbing and going to start giving you orders?

Furthermore they are here today and gone tommorrow, one injury away from ending their careers. It is the reason why college students cant organize--because, if they do their job, in four years they are no longer college students.

I am delighted that they are getting as much money as they can--
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Not only that, isn't football a team sport? Players are getting paid huge salaries to subvert their individuality for the good of the group. It's about winning, not whining. Professional sports ain't no video game. It's a "bidness."
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Hey A,

I like your story! Have you got an editor,agent,or publisher? Is your book finished? where can I get a copy?

Back a few months ago, when I was going to post portions of my book as you did, people on this board advised me (some more nicely than others!) not to post it.

I wouldnt' post anymore if I were you. But thanks for the preview.

I hope it's a hit! :-)
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oh yeah A, just a heads up, don't think that just cuz this is a book club that everyone here is all sweet and stuff. Some people are waiting in the cut to rip your novels and your ego to shreds!
Not everyone here wants you to make it and are ready to cut you down before you even stand up, so I hope your skin is about 10 inches thick!
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Thanks for the heads up ... no agent yet but the book is finished. and you can get it off the website
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Good advice, a-womon. Now as I was saying... anybody who becomes a successful author in the dog-eat-dog world of publishing deserves all the praise and respect that comes their way!
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Anthony,

Thanks for providing a clip from your book. It provides a glimpse of the life of a NFLíer. Iím sure if enough people hear-tale of what you have in store for the reader, your book will soar off bookshelves everywhere.

But I agree with Cyniqueís view that it is a bit of stretch to equate being a slave with being a pro football player. Because as terrible as life may be in the NFL, each and every player - even the Black ones - can voluntarily Ďturn in his cleatsí at ANYTIME.

Slaves, however, usually had Ďlifetime contractsí. :-(


Chris,

Then they are fools and are effectively little different from field slaves who foolishly compete to see which can bail more of Massahís cotton.

Because in America, the REAL money is not in the salary...its is in equity. Because a paycheck will come then go. But ownership is eternal, "baby" (Check with the 5 - 10 generation rich foks like the Kennedys, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts about that.).

And just because Whites started the games donít mean that brothahs couldnít do the same. Because, really, THEY are the product.

There wouldnít be no $5 Billions TV/cable contracts, $Billion merchandising deals, $100M stadiums and sporting complex with the remarkable athletic talents of BLACK men. All thatís required is for brothahs to en masse DEMAND more.

Now. Will they do that? Will they claim a larger proportion of the fruit of their skill?

I doubt it.

And doubt it probably for the same reason you do and for the same reasons that we have discussed here and elsewhere ad infinitum: Black foks just donít want to work together!

So (no disrespect intended to your efforts Anthony), although I imagine Anthonyís book could become a best seller, I, alas, donít expect that it will inspire the changes that he, you and I might desire.


PS: And the reason you cite for prohibiting college athletes from organizing is neither legitimate nor fair. Why should how long/brief one remains employed by another bear upon whether they can unionize?

Face it: The collegiate powers-that-be are preempting college athletes from organizing because they fear being compelled to have to share more of their compensation (from multi-billion dollar TV/cable contracts) with the jocks than just free college tuition and room/board.


A_womon,

What was that you were saying about Anthony's "skin" having "10 inches"?

Hehe!
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Abm said: Black foks just donít want to work together!

How does this equate with Kathleen's sister's Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome? Are we still under the divide and conquer mentality? Are we still trying to keep the "big house" jobs for ourselves? Are we still suffering from the breakup of our families and not having anyone to watch our backs like families do? All and even more of the above?
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Crystal,

YEP!

Though everyone is different, by/large, Black foks are jus' a big ol' messuh crabs in a barrel!

Rhetorical Question: Do you think Jews would allow OTHERS to own a league (NBA) to which they constitute nearly 90% of its performers (Blacks)?
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I, too, agree that "yes" is the answer to your question, Crystal. Meanwhile, Rappers Nellie and Jay-Z now own the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. So the rich are gettin richer and me and my poor self are drownin in credit card debt. Am I supposed to be worried about a bunch of pampered pro-athletes who are livin a life of fame and fortune? If they have a problem with the way things are, they should go out and get real jobs; ones that benefit humanity.
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Has anyone dealt with america pubishers... the emailed me
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Abm:

I like you better when you aren't so militant. Hey guys! Does he have an attitude or what? I like my Negroes smiling and happy. You knows dat--

But I digress.

Let us suppose I am the typical person who becomes a professional athlete. Though there are many who are of above average intelligence the opposite is correct.

Think of some guy who gets hit in the head for a living making these kinds of analyses. Or Lawrence Taylor at his wild, coke snortin best. Or OJ.

Leave the brothers alone. Half of them would be sticking somebody up if they weren't in sports and that's the bottom line. Would you like it better if they were slinging rocks? Pimping? Carjacking?

I know somebody is going to come in with Alan Page and for every Alan Page there is a hundred William Refrigerator Perrys.

Gawd I have known some college and professional atheletes white and black and mostly I couldn't bear being around them--nor could most human beings--actually.

The brothas want what 99% of all Americans want--fine house, big car, cigars and plenty of women. Maybe some jewelry and clothes thrown in.

You know all this trying to impose superhuman standards on black people (they are just human all too human) is another form of racism. All Jews are not rich. Or Einstein. All white people are not Donald Trump. All Chinese don't know ancient wisdom. All Japanese don't know karate.
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Abm:

Jews drive cars. How many Jewish car manufacturers are they? Jews use refrigerators. How many Jews make refrigerators? You got all Jewish communities. They gotta buy their gas and heating oil from non Jews. Do the Jews own the power companies? Jews eat. They eat only food grown by Jews? General Mills owned by Jews? Jews drink Budweiser. His August Busch a Jew?

The Jews dancing to the music, too baby. It just looks to you like they in control of their destiny--but look at where you are looking at it from.

All your ideas seem to make sense. So the players go to the owners and demand all these things. The owners say screw you we're having a lockout.

All the time you out, car payments are due. House notes are due. Children need to eat. And you are of course taking care of all this for the brothers with your lip.

Black folks gonna have to find they own thang. They gonna have to take that money they make there and invest it, or send their kids to college, or start other businesses in new areas that ain't been snapped up and sealed off yet--

For instance the reason for the Jewish dominance in Hollywood is because they got into it on the ground floor, when movie theaters were in storefronts and the industry was new. The men who started it made their money in furs, junk, rag picking, and the like. The white man didn't want it because it was nickels and dimes --Nickelodeon.

How many Jews in the railroads? Mining? Ship building? Agriculture.Cholly had that.

Contemplate all this on the tree of woe.
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Chris,

I guess I give the brothahs more credit than you do. I think if they're well-raised (which, admittedly, is a easier said than done these days) and exposed to the right kinds of influences at pivotal moments of their lives, they can make decisions that provide both individual and communal benefit.

And it's not about "superhuman standards".

It's about hiring equally competent Black attorney and/or agent, instead of a White and/or Jewish ones. It's about occasionally visiting high schools within the poor (Black) communities near to the $400M stadium you play at every other nite. It's about investing an infinitesimal portion of your wealth in small local Black mom/pop operations and HBC endowments.

And (yes, Kola) it is about dating and marrying Black women and birthing and raising Black children.

And any fool who's already been paid $10M over just a couple year who can't afford to sit-out a year to wrangle a better deal out of the NBA needs to be dropkicked up the @$$ with one Shaq's size 23 feet.


And you left out one very important element in your rebuttal of my Jewish comparison with Blacks: I asked if Jews were the MAJORITY of the talent pool within the NBA would they also own the teams.

You will NEVER convince me that if Jews were the majority of those scoring 30 points/game and hitting 50 home runs per year that Jews wouldn't also own in the Executive Skyboxes at those games.

Hymie don't play that, Tyrone!

So, yes, if Jews bought/built/drove most of the Accords, Honda was be an Israeli company.


And Jews also hold disproportionate interest/influence in media, medicine, law, banking, diamond trade and government.

Why?

Because Jews are like roaches: Once one gets into your home, you may as well give him keys to your front door, cause he and every single one of his kin will be living with you FOREVER.
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Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 - 11:04 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tell it like it is, Chris!
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Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 - 11:51 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cynique,

We can always count on you to support and chime in with defeatist doctrine.

Thanks!
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Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2004 - 12:35 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's my role, Abm. I'm the other side of the coin. You never know which side will land face up when flipped by Fate, and to not realize this promises a rude awakening.
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Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2004 - 12:46 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris said: "I know somebody is going to come in with Alan Page and for every Alan Page there is a hundred William Refrigerator Perrys."

Heeeeyy, leave the fridge out of this. We have known each other from the cradle and still live in the same hometown...and he's still HUGE...lol
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Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2004 - 12:48 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ABM said: "It's about hiring equally competent Black attorney and/or agent, instead of a White and/or Jewish ones."

Would you believe about 90% of my clients are white? Black people still don't feel that they will get justice if they hire a black lawyer.

Oh, the hate...
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Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2004 - 02:25 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I believe it Lawchic.

That is so tragic.






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Cynique,

And BRAVO!. You do your "role" proud! :-)


Lawchic,

Yeah. To survive in business, I too have had to make tough choices about clients/employees that would appear to some to not always be especially faithful to the 'cause' of our people.

But we've got to believe our foks'll come around if we give'em a chance to. Cause if we don't, who will?
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Abm:

Is you a Jew? How do you know so much about their superhuman powers? You know, saying that if they were in the same spot we were in they would do better is Anti Semitic and Anti Black though subtly so.

Why do you think so many of them are in this country? They were getting dogged out in Eastern Europe. Why didn't they do so good there? They were 100% of their ghettoes? They were 100% of the lending businesses (the Christians would not get into lending because they considered it usury--the reason why Jews have such a leg up in finance) How do you know what Jews--a minority in this country, would do if they were 90% of anything? They started Las Vegas and the Italians ran them out of there. I guess you believe in the Jewish Conspiracy to Dominate the World and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion--

But we digress. You were talking about black athletes taking over professional football (again, talking about something you are looking at from the outside--and forgetting, while you were talking about bodies, it is about MONEY!

If Jews were 90% of the players but Da Goy had all the money they would be in the same situation the black athlete is in.

And that's the bottom line.
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Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2004 - 12:36 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris,

No. Reading. I disagree.

How do you define "many"? Only about 2% of US population is Jewish. They just APPEAR to have greater numbers because they wield disproportionate power/wealth/presence. Actually, the Jews were doing okay in Europe...until a charismatic guy named Adolph came along. And you can largely credit Hitler for the ghettoes. All you have to do is open your eyes and see what they'd DO...by observing what they have DONE. Jews still have a presence in Vegas, though I agree they've largely been muscled out by the mob. But they just moved/maintain their interests elsewhere. No. I just think they have a certain culture/philosophy that promote their doing for each other. There is nothing particularly sinister about it. Frankly, I wish we Blacks could/would do the same.

You started it...hehe! I'm saying if you provide a precious/value/rare resource, you should be able to better control how and by whom that resource it is owned/control. That's basic as third grade arithmetic.

I disagree. If Jews were 90% of players they would at the very least be 90% of the owners.

Indeed.
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Hello everyone thanks for your opinion and keep bringing it. I have very thick skin. Anytime you feel you have a message, it must be told.

We as people of the universe have been competing all of our lives. You would think football is a team sport, however its individual performance base. On TV they make you believe its a team game, but at the end of the season they give awards for individual performance, M.V.P players a single award for one man, yet he comes from a team. I've had a great pro career, 7 years in the NFL, 4 years CFL. I had a chance to keep playing this year, however my convictions out weighed my will to play. I am happy seeing brothers gettin paid but money shouldnít be measured in terms of Gold and Silver, houses & cars, rather decision making, that can sustain generations. The game can't be played without us, we are the record breakers, trendsetters, and we fuel the NFL industry.

When the Europeans colonized Africa they said as long as we surround the Africans with materialism we will take the real wealth, their natural resources. Today on the field our natural resources is our bodies, even America has our bodies in her prison institutions where over 1 million of us are housed like cattle. This keeps us at a certain level, as much money as the Federal Government makes on us in prison. It equates to the wealth of the black NFL players contracts combined.

Money in our society rest on private property, profit, and power. The NFL has done a-lot of good things for black men; they have given us a tip of an iceberg. Understand we didn't come hear on the Love boat, we came hear on the Slave ships build by Europeans, white and black history is different in this American experiment. The most precious natural resources today in black America is our bodies, until we start making the decisions to sustain our future, we will still be exploited the same way our ancestors were. The highest price of a slave in the 18th Century went for 1,100 dollars, thatís a big jump in value. In life we all have a choice to choose our future, whether to play football or not. The NFL and America are cut from the same cloth. A player can sign a contract on Monday and get fired on Tuesday. They can dispose of us any chance they get but if we choose to walk away from a contract we suffer career suicide. What happen to a slave who ran from the plantation? He was killed. They just black list us now, but every black human is black listed, there is so much to be said about my 11-year career. Ask yourself why did Warren Sapp a player making 7 million dollars a year call the NFL a "slavery system. The public went off, how could a slave make seven million dollars a year. What made him say this? Who are we to say money makes us free. Harriet Tubman said if I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves I could have freed thousands more.


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Anthony,

Are you still playing for the NFL? If so, do you think your book will have a positive or negative influence on your career? I'm sure there are many things you think need to change within the structure of the NFL. However, what is the single, biggest change that you feel would make the greatest difference in how the majority of black athletes feel regarding the racism/discrimination they encounter?



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MOONSIGN,I LIKE YOUR QUESTION,I RETIRED FROM FOOTBALL THIS YEAR.MY BOOK HAS GOTTEN POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FEEDBACK,THE MORE OPINIONS THE STRONGER MY CONVICTIONS COME TO BE TRUE.THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN THE NFL WILL COME WHEN A HAND FULL OF RETIRED PLAYER PULL TOGEATHER WITH OTHER INVESTORS AND PURCHASE AN NFL FRANCHISE,AN INDUSTRY WHERE WE BLACK MEN HAVE TOOK TO A BILLION DOLLAR PLUS MARKET.UNTIL THEN OUR FUTURE WILL BE IN THE HANDS OF THE MAN,EVEN OUR CHILDRENS FUTURE WILL BE UP FOR GRABS,IN THIS COUNTRY,IT CAN BE DONE,BUT MANY BELIEVE THE REAL REVOLUTIONARIES ARE IN PRISON,AND TODAY WE HAVE TO MANY UNCLE TOMS,SPEAKING AND REPRESENTING US IN THE WRONG WAY,APRIOR7 WWW.STONEHOLDBOOKS.COM
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Anthony,

Of course the Black male body is being exploited. But show me something that is forcing Sapp to "slave" away at making $7 million bucks per annum. See, to me, the problem with your slave analogy is that can choose to be a pro athlete, which is NOT congruent with being a slave.

If you brothah were REALLY interested in score a better deal for each other, you would band together and demand an equity interest in the sport, including all of itís stadium revenues, merchandising, concessions/parking, naming rights, etc.

But I suspect youíll not do that because you donít want to bear the responsibility ownership.


Moonsigns,

The answer to your question is for Black men stop selling themselves and each other out for pennies on the dollar.
Example: The NFL is nearly 80% Black yet only 4 or 5 of its 30 head coaches are Black (and it has only been recent that there have been THAT many Black coaches). To me, thatís the PLAYERS fault. Because if the players were really socially conscious/responsible, they would demand more representation at the leadership level.
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abm,i like your point of view,you have a good intellect for debate,we have a choice to do what we wish in this society,however an NFL contract is not a tool to measure success niether is money.your correct when you say the responsibility is on the players to level the playing field socially as well economically.football players and slaves are build like machines,i reference the willie lynch theory in my book,america and the NFL are cut from the same cloth,when a nation deprives a race of people socially and economically,what happens is society imposes certain fundamental charateristics that without athletics we cant make it,even some parents exploit there own children,making them bow down to coaches at a young age,uplifting him as hes jesus himself,players are conditioned to be quiet.
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Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2004 - 12:19 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Aprior,

Thanks for the compliment.

But I donít really know anything that even remotely equates to what you have witnessed/experienced.

I by no means intend to belittle/disparage pro athletes, especially you brothahs. other female company

And think an NFL contract and money are at least in part indictive of some degree of personal success. Those just should be considered the final chapter in oneís pursuit of self-actualization.

Rather. I think the problems that you Black athletes suffer in pro sports are but a microcosm of weakness throughout the broader Black community. If we all had more solidarity and acquired/utilized what was necessary to effectively compete for control, guys like you could be prepped to make decisions that benefit both you individually and our communities.

But until WE ALL get out act together, guys like you will continue to be, per your wording, "slaves".

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