Thursday, October 27, 2005Goin' Fishing..
"We were looking at things, like you don't see many minority athletes in our program."
This is a good statement. Here's a man, representing the finest of the finest, saying we need to diversify our athletic team. He's saying we need more minorities, more blacks, more asians, more people of samoan descent. We need to better represent all the things that are great about America. Right?
"It just seems to be that way, that Afro-American kids can run very, very well. That doesn't mean that Caucasian kids and other descents can't run, but it's very obvious to me they run extremely well."
Ok, here's where good intentions go bad. The media asked him to elaborate and he could've in a different way. He could've said we need more competition on the practice field or followed that whole diversity thing. Sure it wouldn't have been honest, but who really tells the truth in college football?
In the end, I'm going to throw Fisher a line here. What he said wasn't too bright, but I've heard worse. Actually Paul Hornung's comments were far worst because he said that Notre Dame has to lower standards to get more black players in. Fisher didn't go there and I'd suggest he avoid media press conferences for a few weeks.
Meanwhile out in New Mexico, Hal Mumme has just flipped out, proving that his good ol boy roots still haven't fallen far from the tree.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a grievance against New Mexico State head football coach Hal Mumme, alleging he discriminated against a now-released Muslim player by repeatedly questioning him about al-Qaida.
And going further...
[Former Aggies running back Muammar] Ali's father, Mustafa Ali, said in a telephone call from California that Ali learned he was being released through a message an assistant coach left on his cell phone. His father said he has been denied meetings with coaches.
The grievance, written by ACLU staff attorney George Bach of Albuquerque, said Mumme questioned Ali repeatedly in July about "Islam and specifically its ties to al-Qaida," the terrorist organization headed by Osama bin Laden.
My first question is simple: Is Hal Mumme fucking retarded? There's no way a caoch can be this ignorant is there? He starts questioning him about al-Qaida? Are you kidding me.
Terrorism is no joke and it's no place for a football coach to go snooping around. If he's Islam and in America...chances are the FBI knows who he is and will talk to him when they feel it's necessary. Hal's job is to be the football coach, not some secret government interrogator. And if he held him in a locked room and asked these questions...that's false imprisonment.
This is so obviously religious discrimination that it's not even funny. Not only should Ali be compensated for the scholarship money he lost and be given a grievance by the NCAA to immediately transfer to another program but NMSU needs to be honest and thorough in their investigation and report any possible misgivings to the NCAA...
And if there are too many misgivings, they might want to tell Mumme to take a hike and apply for a job in the CIA since he's obviously qualified.