In an article in Yahoo sports one of the young man answered the question of loyalty this way. Chris Bosh thinks loyalty has no place in free agency. While a few agreed with him and even some were forced to admit that there is truth in his statement. They and the other outright haters couldn’t get their heads out of their asses long enough to breath fresh air, but sought to find anything to denigrate the young man. You can read the responses if you wish. However, a general conscientious should be  that the venom spewed by the fanatics on African athletes who are rich and happy, are misplaced and should be applied to the corporate welfare bums and the sugar daddies in government who continue to throw our stolen money (called taxes) at these nasty bitches and whores. We stand around looking dumb founded as each of our representatives put on leather chaps and frilly garments for the pleasure of being stroked repeatedly in an auto erotic orgasmic thrall of shared greed and vices. In the entertainment arena, no African athlete, even they ones who carry around their own gold embossed knee pads, can escape the dictates of billionaires who sees the commoner as nothing but cannon fodder and throw-a-way refuse.

Somewhere in the entire snotty nose braying, the concept of FREE agency appeared lost on almost everybody. It evokes the ruling from the land mark Dred Scot court case, where Roger B. Taney, the presiding judge offered this bit of gem, “The negro has no rights which the white man is bound to respect.” You see Dred Scot was trying to test the FREE agency market and got the same treatment as Lebron James and Chris Bosh. But the more things change, the more they staid the same.

 Oscar Robertson, sued to establish NBA free agency.

 In 1970, Robertson became part of one of the most important court cases in NBA history. The landmark Oscar Robertson suit, filed by the NBA’s Players Association against the league, stalled a proposed merger between the NBA and the American Basketball Association. The anti-trust suit, named after Robertson because he was president of the union at the time, challenged the merger as well as the legality of the college draft and the NBA’s reserve clause that prohibited free agency. Six years after the suit was filed, the NBA finally reached a settlement, the leagues merged and the draft remained intact.

But drafted players won the right to snub their prospective employers for a year and re-enter the draft. In addition, teams were no longer required to provide compensation when signing a free-agent player. This encouraged the signing of more free agents and eventually led to higher salaries for all players.

Athletes who have reaped the benefits of being a free agent owe a debt of gratitude to baseball star Curt Flood.

 The star center fielder fought a legal battle with baseball officials which paved the way to free agency for other athletes. Flood, whose career spanned from 1956-1971, played the majority of his career, 12 seasons, with the St. Louis Cardinals where he was an all-star center fielder. During his pro career, which included the Cincinati Reds (1956-57) and 13 games with the Washington Senators, Flood batted .293, stole 85 bases and appeared in three World Series which the Cardinals won in 1964 and 1967. In one span, he played in 226 consecutive games without committing an error and in 1966 went the entire season without making a misplay. He batted over 300 six times and won the Gold Glove for fielding excellence seven years in a row in the ’60s.

Although he had a great career, Flood’s legacy comes from his heroics off the field, where he became revered as a pioneer who stood up to fight a baseball system that he said “treated people like they were pieces of property.” His battle for freedom within major league baseball, which he ultimately lost at the Supreme Court in 1972, caused his stellar career to be cut short. But the impact of what Curt Flood did spanned beyond baseball in helping athletes in all pro sports to even the control level between players and owners.

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