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Penalty: Illegal use of the hands – Kellen Winslow

By Don Comas – Follow on Twitter @joshuajacobbs

 The National Football League or NFL as we like to call it has some of the most amazing athletes in the world. They are some of the strongest men in the world, some able to bench press over 600 pounds. When we watch football on Sundays we are in awe at the speed, strength, and agility of these large mammoth individuals. Their arm span, jumping prowess, eye and hand coordination, can be compared to a few. We root for our home teams and curse the visiting team. If it’s a road game we will always be on our team’s side. Even if that team in particular is absolutely horrid. We as fans will always have the back of our favorite sports team.


Some see these athletes as a type of deity. People worship these guys and place them on such high pedestals that even the players themselves could never live up to the hype. Only a few have reached the expectations of the fans, owner, coach, and at times themselves, but when it happens they are folklore heroes. When a player has risen to these ranks he can almost do no wrong. However, there are times when a player is not invincible, and most of these times occur “off the field.”

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Many athletes have royally messed up but the general public has forgiven them. Other times, in the case of some like Aaron Hernandez formerly of the New England Patriots, we find it hard to forgive. Then, there are other times when football players just do some very dumb, idiotic, and bizarre things. Take for instance in recent news, New York Jets Tight End, Kellen Winslow who has just branded himself into a new type of trouble.


He has been initially charged with masturbating in a Target parking lot. This is his second illegal offense since November and he could face a slew of new charges. One would think, excessive use of the hands would be this crime. But according to a female witness discovered a person exposing his genitals and penis erect. She immediately called police and upon their arrival an officer found a suspect “moving around in circular motions.”

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The police walked towards the Cadillac Escalade and approached Winslow. He claims he was simply lost looking for a Boston Market. Upon survey, all officers on the scene said his genitals were not exposed. According to her account she pulled up right next to him and “noticed a male siting in the driver seat with his window open. As she exited her vehicle, she commented to him how cold it was. As she stood near the open driver side window …. She ( saw that he was exposed below the waist ) believed to be pleasuring himself.


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Upon further investigation police also found empty containers of “Funky Monkey”, plastic bags of synthetic marijuana, along with 2 open containers of Vaseline. This finding is rather interesting being that Winslow’s reps are stating this as anunfounded and ridiculous” charge. However, this is not Winslow’s first offense. Just last month he was found possessing another type of synthetic marijuana called, Fubinaca which if convicted he could face up to 5 years in prison. On December 23rd the police took the items from Winslow’s car and had it tested stating it was indeed “Mr. Happy” a synthetic form. He tested positive back in October for violating the NFL league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Winslow has previously stated he smokes the “legal synthetic marijuana” and that he purchases of the internet.

His representatives are working overtime trying to clean up his image and his reputation. A rep from EAG Sports Management, Denise White said, “There was absolutely nothing inappropriate that took place and if police would have investigated it further and charged Kellen, which they did not.” These embarrassing details will definitely put a hamper on his career. But his publicist insists, “Kellen pulled over to a parking lot to smoke what he thought at the time was a legal substance. He changed his clothes in his vehicle as to not smell like smoke when he returned home.”

The police have not and cannot charge Winslow with a crime because there are no witness’s. If anything happened at all, it is up to the woman to follow through with her complaint. According to New Jersey police, most people do not.

Thug baby? … What the **** is that?

By Don Comas

 Indeed we are reaching new times when society as a whole is simply applying a blind eye to the treatment of the youth. But in recent news a toddler from Omaha, Nebraska has made headlines for what has been titled, “Thuggish behavior.” Now I have heard quite a few explanations to describe a lot of things, but thug behavior from a toddler is foreign to me. Really? From a baby? Have we reached that point in society where now the Industrialized Prison Complex can breed prisoners from the womb? Or do we have children who are having children and then raising them as their friend versus a parent. In reality I shouldn’t be surprised on any level at this foolishness. The “ratchet” behavior and irresponsible living by a few will ultimately lead to incidents like these.

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Time will only tell if we can escape this repetitive process of mental, social, and psychological warfare. But community after community, project after project, person after person, child after child, they do not see themselves as a part of the future. They feel somewhat separated from a certain class of citizen. This must change in order to prevent further damage to the power of our people. It has been said there is power within the people that unbeknownst to them resides in their intellectual accomplishments.


The toddler is African American and his antics were posted on YouTube by the Omaha Police Officers Association. In the video the child can be seen leveling off an assault of verbal expletives, and using middle finger gestures towards the camera. Throwing tantrums and yelling and screaming, knocking over chairs and at one point even telling one of the adults to, “Shut up, B*tch.” Also in the video one can be heard on several occasions leading the toddler on to say more. The Police Association posted the video on their Official Website with the caption, “the cycle of violence and thuggery.”

Shortly after the posting they decided to remove the child from the home. Some have seen this as excessive force especially since no crime has been commit outside of idiocy. But the Omaha Police Department feels differently. Sgt. John Wells, the president of the Association made a statement, “That is why when we talk about the culture, the criminal culture, that this is to try to break the cycle and deal with the culture of  violence and the culture of gang activity.”



However, other police brass, Omaha, Nebraska’s city police chief, ACLU ( American Civil Liberites Union ) believe that this only acts as another antagonizing act to display negative images of African Americans. In many circles they have a valid point. If the Omaha Police Association were so concerned with the welfare of the child there is no reason to posturize his behavior on YouTube. If they were truly concerned with the destination of the child’s future, why separate him from his family without conducting a full investigation in to who the parents are.

Wells also stated, “The focus here isn’t on any particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troubling behavior towards this child. This behavior is going to potentia3lly lead this child down a path that is completely in healthy.” This brings an interesting twist to their motives. On the website where they posted the video the Association entitled the clip came from a “local thug’s public Facebook page” I see no honor in the motives to preserve the child’s personal welfare. What I see is a systematic experiment in trying to take down whom they perceive a drug dealer. Sgt. Wells also believes one of the adults in the video although not seen, is heard stating the name of a local gang organization.

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Activist in the area have all begun to voice their opinions upon the treatment of the video and of the child. A local freedom group called, Black Men United, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska are two who have started to make waves. Willie Hamilton, president of the BMU, said, “the union crossed the line”

The stated, “We have an obligation to share it and continue to educate the law abiding public about the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in.” If they feel obligated to help the child, there is no need to display him on YouTube. There are plenty of other children of other races in the area who may be doing worse, and although not on video, should be given the same treatment. This may not be racially motivated, but it certainly wasn’t clean of societal stereotypes. The ACLU has now filed an excessive force law suit against the Omaha Police Department on behalf of the family. “Officers should be working to build a culture where anyone feels comfortable calling law enforcement, ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Becki Brenner said in a written statement.

In reality this whole situation delivers another great disservice to the African American community. The child, family, and the whole fabric of their lives will be changed. It may once again serve as a moniker that displays African Americans as savages or uncontrollable. Using the video as a platform to say you are helping improve a situation, but you aren’t doing anything to help the rest of that same community, is both hypocritical and irresponsible. Putting this child on display on YouTube and then taking him from his parents is not helping to rehabilitate the situation. It only exemplifies how the police in Omaha, as well as other parts of the United States, ultimately feel about the Black community.

 The city’s police chief voiced his disapproval of the post and would act accordingly to get to the bottom of the matter. But for most, his words rang on death ears. Hamilton, president of the BMU stated, “it was too little, too late.” Hamilton expressed that he only spoke up because of the bad press against the Omaha police department.

But let’s really look into the community. We have to find a way to reach our youth. We are losing them by the thousands. We are riddled with our young black men in prison or dead. Resulting in households where no father is around. At one point in history, slave babies were fed to alligators. Now we are feeding each other death upon arrival. When will it stop? We have to take control of our rightful position in society as a functioning and aware society of people. We hold the key to preserving the foundations of our greatness.


Article credits:

CNN report, “Thug Toddler”, Howard Koplowitz

Howard Koplowitz – ‘Thug Baby’ Video: Watch uncensored Footage of Omaha Toddler