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I’m in firm agreement with the old Jay-Z edict that you Can’t Knock the Hustle and it’s for that reason, that I won’t be mentioning any particular Black sports commentators by name.

Also, I’m one of those people that realizes that when your salary is high, your obligations probably are too and who knows how many college tuitions these dudes are paying, or how many relatives they take care of, or how much in child support or alimony or any other fees that a man incurs during the course of a life comes out of their pockets.

All that said, instead I’m gonna try to commend these dudes for being overt Michael Vick cheerleaders whenever Vick’s name is mentioned.

You can see ‘em.

They edge up in their chairs, they assume simultaneously attacking and defensive positions, and they speak with their hands. They know what they’re supposed to do they just can’t bring themselves to do it completely.

Meanwhile, whenever Ben Roethlisberger’s mentioned, these Black commentators—by choice or coercion—fall in line and recite the standard noncommittal position on the accusations leveled against the big quarterback, instead they focus on Roethlisberger’s punishment (a 4 game suspension) and whether it was or wasn’t fair, whether it will or won’t doom the Steelers’ hopes this season.

Michael Vick, in case ya’ll forgot, served time in jail for dog fighting. He’s also Black.

Ben Roethlisberger, in case you don’t know, has been accused by two different women on two separate occasions, of forcible rape. He’s also white.

Yesterday was Mike Vick’s first NFL start since December 31st, 2006.

He was splendid.

Vick completed 21/34 passes for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran 7 times for 37 years as his Eagles defeated the Detroit Lions 35-32.

Now, while being vocally supporting Mike Vick is seemingly career suicide for a Black sports commentator, being vocally critical of Ben Roethlisberger is just as lethal.

Animal rights groups got at Vick last season.

Ben Roethlisberger, a rapist, is on the loose.

Where my ladies at?

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