In this article the names do not matter. The scenarios of the struggles are what should be shared with the public.
Years ago, an Oakland Raider and his brother were returning to California, driving a fancy Cadillac. In a very small town in Texas, the young men were stopped. When the authorities checked their car, perhaps, they found something for which they could write a ticket or cite as a violation.
As the story goes, they went to jail for awhile. When they were checked in, their belongings were gathered and were stored for them.
Once the two young men were released, the former Oakland Raider wanted his Super Bowl ring. Well, the folks in authority in the small town did not return the ring.
On another occasion, the guys were traveling through another small town. They were stopped and harassed in the sixties because of the fancy car. Well, other stuff may have been going on, too; but the main thing that got them stopped was the fact that there were two African American men in a good looking, expensive car. Yes, they were dressed "jazzy" in a style of the seventies.
In this century, some folks call this profiling. Has progress been made in 2011?
Do you think that young, rich professional football players need to tone down in order to avoid legal challenges in some of the small, conservative towns in America?
These types of "dark" tales have happened to professional football players and others. The various NFL players are from different races, cultures and backgrounds.
You probably have a few "dark" tales you can share, too.
Well, it would be great for the 2011 season to start on time. So many of the energetic, strong and gifted NFL players just want to get on the field and play the game of football.
All we can say at this point is that the Oakland Raiders and others need to be patient, careful and focused on a plan for preparation during the 2011 lockout.
For goodness sake, let's hope there are no more "dark" tales coming against the Oakland Raiders.
Go Raiders! Use your energy doing something positive for someone in your community.