I pray for all who are affected by the riots following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. The mere mention of race, these days, can inflame people's passions.
But everything in the media is not always what it seems.
Addressing a congregation in Ferguson on Sunday, Al Sharpton blasted the release by police of a video purportedly showing Brown robbing a store shortly before the unarmed Brown was shot and killed by a police officer, ABC news reported.
But there is opposition in all things, and Sharpton has taken a lot of heat lately for showing up in Ferguson, according to the Conservative Tribune.
Now former NBA player Gilbert Arenas has weighed in on Sharpton and the riots in Ferguson. Arenas is a three-time NBA All-Star, three-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2002–03 season. A fan favorite in the Washington area during his tenure, he was considered the top player.
But his stellar play on the court was marred by trouble off of it. Arenas was suspended for most of the 2009–10 season because of handgun violations. The NBA commissioner determined that the player's behavior made him "not currently fit to take the court." The gun incident was exacerbated by some of the players' actions that appeared to make light of the problem.
The now-deleted Instagram photo caption reads:
“FAMILiES of the victims pleaseeeeee stop asking #alsharpton to speak or ur behalf,you have a better chance having #caesar the monkey from #planetoftheapes to get justice for you..the stats also show AL (expletive) sharpton has not helped one situation he has protested at,he actually made it worst and because of him the jury goes the other way..(think about it) Jena six,trayvon and the list goes back way back..#AL ur like a #THOT in the club,lookn for attention.”
However, according to some critics, there is a a story behind the Sharpton/Arenas feud, and it's personal.
When Arenas was suspended, Sharpton criticized him. This angered the hoops star, who thought Sharpton didn't have all of the facts. Thus, some voices say, this is sort of a way of Arenas lashing back at the civil rights leader.
Critics of Arenas argue that the former NBA star is very wrong , partly due to the fact that Sharpton was called by the family to help represent them.
For example, in the clip below, Sharpton calls for peace, not violence ...
A post on Facebook added:
Sharpton is a beloved figure to most Black people because he speaks out against injustices inflicted on Black people. There has NEVER been a Black person who spoke out loudly against the inequality and mistreatment against Blacks that was widely accepted by Whites.
I wish the best to all familuies, community members, leaders, and children in Ferguson. May peace come soon and end these divisions.