Black sportscaster launches into Black Lives Matter

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Fox Sports 1 host Marcellus Wiley discusses the NBA’s move to paint Black Lives Matter on courts (Video screenshot)

Discussing a report that the NBA plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on courts and allow social justice messages on jerseys, a black co-host for a Fox Sports 1 show cautioned the league to make room for contrary opinions.

“I respect your space, I respect what you’re protesting for,” said Marecellus Wiley, co-host of “Speak for Yourself.”

“But will you respect others who don’t support that same protest?”

Wiley explained that there’s a free-speech component to embracing a particular message, wondering how much “space” is allowed for people who disagree with the objectives of the organization Black Lives Matter.

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He warned that identity politics “divides and polarizes.”

Wiley, 45, wondered how many people have taken the time to examine the mission statement of Black Lives Matters.

He objected to BLM’s aim of eradicating father-led, nuclear families and “white supremacy.”

“I’m a black man, whose been black and my life has mattered since 1974,” he said, noting BLM was founded only in 2013.

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“I’m proud of you, but I’ve been fighting this fight for me and for others a lot longer,” he said.

Wiley emphasized the importance of the family he grew up in and “the one I’m trying to create right now.”

His mission in life is to be a husband and a father, he said, which is why he can’t reconcile that with BLM’s objective to “dismantle the patriarchal practice” and “disrupt the Western-prescribe nuclear family requirement.”

Wiley cited statistics showing the failure of people who grow up in a single-parent home versus a two-parent home, confirming that failure was reflected in his friends.

He challenged the claim that “white supremacy” is a major problem in 2020, pointing out that he is on a TV show on a major network hosted by two black men.

“And that’s just one example,” Wiley said.

A graduate of Columbia University, Wiley played 10 seasons in the NFL for four teams.

In a January 2019 interview with WBUR in Boston, he talked about growing up in Compton and South Central Los Angeles in the 1980s.

“Before it became a song or an album — or before it became a movie — it was just life or death,” Wiley said of Compton.

“I had uncles who used to be gang members, and I saw how they were respected and feared in the streets. But then I saw them come in the house. And I saw the tears. And I saw the weakness,” he said.

“They didn’t know how this was going to end. And, unfortunately, two were murdered, and one committed suicide.”

See the Fox Sports 1 segment:

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