Former NFL star Marcellus Wiley stunned audiences on Fox Sports’ Speak For Yourself on Tuesday when he revealed that he’s not down with the whole Black Lives Matter thing.
Marcellus and his co-hosts were discussing the NBA’s conversation about allowing Black Lives Matter to be painted on the sides of the courts, and to allowing NBA players to print social messages on their jerseys. “Is this a good idea?” Speak For Yourself co-host Emmanuel Acho asked.
“Uh, it’s not a good idea,” Wiley responded.
Wiley gave the players credit “for their flex,” but added, “There’s a problem with when you start to go down this road of the freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and how much social space is allowed for those who don’t support in that same space, and that’s where I wonder where this is going to go in terms of identity politics. We know what identity politics does: it divides and it polarizes,” he said.
The former NFL star told his co-hosts that people haven’t taken time to read or understand the Black Lives Matter mission, saying, “I don’t know how many people really look into the mission statement of Black Lives Matter, but I did, and when you look at it, there’s a couple of things that jump out to me: Two things. My family structure is vitally important to me. Not only the one I grew up in, but the one I’m trying to create right now. Being a father and a husband- that’s my mission in life right now. How do I reconcile that with what I just told you with this mission statement that says ‘we dismantle the patriarchal practice we disrupt the Western prescribed nuclear family structure requirement?'” he asked.
Wiley said that growing up, he observed how his friends that didn’t have the same benefit as him with an intact family, “found themselves outside of their dreams and goals and aspirations.” Wiley used stunning data from 1995 about raising kids in a single-parent home to back up his claim of the benefits of a traditional, two-parent family unit: “They are 5 times more likely to commit suicide, 6 times more likely to be in poverty, 9 times more likely to drop out of high school, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, 14 times more likely to commit rape, 20 times more likely to end up in prison, 32 times more likely to run away from home.”
“It makes me scratch my head,” he said. “I see their mission is to eradicate white supremacy. In 2020 white supremacy is the mission?” Wiley asked.
Using himself and his black co-host as an example, he laughed, saying, “I am on a show. I’m hosting along with another black guy, who is hosting with me, who replaced a black guy, and that’s just one example of it.”
It’s hard to argue with logic and facts.
It’s amazing that a sports commentator is willing to say about BLM what many evangelical pastors are too scared to. pic.twitter.com/QiqPYF53ta
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 3, 2020
It’s refreshing to see a former, black, professional athlete who’s unafraid to defend the importance of a two-parent family without the fear of being canceled by the left. After all, it’s the Democrat Party who claims they just want to help black Americans, while fighting to keep abortion clinics open in every minority neighborhood and openly advocating the destruction of the nuclear family.