'Thought police,' not pitcher, pose threat, says ex-radio host

January 12, 2000|By Gregory Kane

VLADIMIR Ilyich -- aka Bud -- Selig, premier of the Stalinist Republic of Major League Baseball, has decreed that Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker undergo psychological evaluation before the commissioner decides whether he will discipline Rocker for his perceived sins.

To briefly rehash, Rocker made comments to Sports Illustrated magazine in which he offended America's gay lobby, minority lobby and our ever-expanding "won't learn English even if you put a gun to our heads" lobby.

"Mr. Rocker's recent remarks to a national magazine were reprehensible and completely inexcusable," Selig piously intoned in an article by Sun reporter Peter Schmuck. Rocker's remarks, to Selig and the horde of self-righteous critics who have reacted as if Rocker had strangled the baby Jesus, apparently are not mere opinions but indicate some mental disorder.

You have to figure Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Ho Chi Minh and the entire pantheon of 20th-century Communist leaders must be somewhere smiling. Comrade Selig's treatment of Rocker smacks of the old commie practice of sending dissidents and others with minds of their own to "re-education camps." Stalinism has achieved through stealth what it couldn't achieve militarily: an insidious infestation of America, which now has its own unofficial Thought Police.

There is one man more upset with the existence of America's Thought Police than with anything Rocker said. He is a man who has never turned and run from a controversial situation and who's known for commentary even more outrageous than Rocker's.

His name is C. Miles. Fifteen months ago, he had one of the hottest talk-radio shows in Baltimore on Radio One's WOLB. One morning, with tongue deeply embedded in cheek, Miles suggested that former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke wouldn't fire former police Commissioner Thomas Frazier for cooking the books on crime stats because Frazier had the goods on Schmoke. When Miles suggested a seedy relationship between Schmoke and Frazier, or worse, station officials figured he'd crossed the line and fired him.

Though he's still the best talk-radio host in the country, Miles hasn't worked since. But that hasn't made him shy away from controversy. In a telephone conversation from Randallstown yesterday, the Georgia-born Miles made it clear what he thinks of that other Georgia guy, Rocker.

"I ain't got no problem with him," Miles said of Rocker. His problem, he said, is with those who would stifle certain types of speech.

"In America you got a bunch of thought police. They're getting so bold they think they can tell you what to say."

Rocker's main offense, according to Miles, was saying out loud what a lot of folks have been thinking privately for years.

"In Macon and Atlanta right now, people are saying the same thing Rocker said," said Miles, a native of Atlanta.

Miles compared Rocker with another famous baseball player from Georgia.

"Ty Cobb went into the stands and beat a paraplegic for calling him a half-n-----," Miles said of the Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer. "This man [Cobb] is revered, but John Rocker didn't jump into the stands and beat nobody."

Miles also questioned the selective indignation of Ho Chi Selig and America's KGB Mind Marauders.

"Ted Turner's got a team named the Braves and people down in Atlanta doing the tomahawk chop. That's insensitive to Native Americans," he said.

Selig and baseball honchos don't seem too bothered by a bunch of idiots in Atlanta showing their ignorance about Native American culture doing the tomahawk chop. They've turned a deaf ear to the pleas of Native Americans that the practice of giving professional sports Indian nicknames is blatantly offensive. That's because there simply aren't enough Native Americans to put financial pressure on professional sports franchises.

Leave it to Miles to point out the hypocrisy running rampant in the John Rocker affair. Maybe we should declare hypocrisy a mental defect and have Comrade Selig psychologically evaluated.

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