Earlier this week the following was brought to my attention, “THE BOYCOTT IS OFFICIAL!” by Jesse Webb Tarboro Police Chief.
After having a meeting with myself, I have decided to boycott my position and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer until certain demands are met.
First, considering the multi-million-dollar salaries of most “professional” athletes, the price of admission, and the time spent (or wasted) attending these events for entertainment purposes, I do not believe that the fans are receiving the services they deserve and pay for. So, I am putting the following organizations on notice with the expectation that they are able to meet my demands without further delay.
To the players of the NBA, the ability to place a basketball through a hoop with the aid of a backboard is simply too easy. And yet, you are still unable to sink every basket. You can’t even sink every basket when allowed to shoot a free-throw without the pressure of defense. I cannot understand why you are not able to accomplish this, especially considering your unimaginable salary and level of expertise and the fact that you have a referee making sure that your opponent doesn’t assault, I mean foul you thereby giving you time to make your perfect shot. So moving forward, I demand that the backboard be removed, that the players make every basket every time (100% shooting), and that referees be banned in order to make this a full contact sport at any given moment. Until this happens, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!
To the players of MLB, the ability to strike a baseball with a bat or throw a perfect strike every time should be relatively easy considering your salaries and constant training regiments. Yet, pitchers are still not able to always throw within the strike zone on every pitch and batters are not able to hit the ball every time even when it is in the strike zone. And this occurs despite the complete lack of pressure or defense from an opponent. And what about the outfield wall? I feel this should be moved further out because you are not reaching the full potential of your abilities. Whatever the longest home run on record is, let’s establish that as a standard distance for all games, teams, and players. So, until every pitch is a strike, until every pitched ball is hit, and until the outfield wall is positioned at an appropriate distance, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!
I know, this sounds rather ridiculous considering that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player. But these are my demands! I further demand that I not be fired from my position, be held responsible for the crime that happens as a result of my boycott, or be judged for expecting perfection and total agreement from professional athletes. After all, you are working within a completely controlled environment, you have the opportunity to train more than you play, and you are VERY well compensated for your efforts. I simply cannot understand why you have not reached perfection despite the fact that you are human.
On second thought, maybe I will simply ask God to forgive us for trying to remove the splinter from the eye of another while being blinded by the plank in our own eye. Maybe I should remember that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player and therefore have not walked a mile in their shoes or experienced the difficulties of their profession. Maybe I should recognize that I don’t understand the discipline and training it takes to be a professional athlete, or the sacrifice they may have to endure. Maybe I should remember that I don’t live that lavish lifestyle and can’t imagine the pressure they must be under to make a basket, throw a strike, or hit a baseball.
Upon further reflection, I think that the best thing for me to do is to stick with what I know best…….law enforcement. I will not judge them, I will not expect perfection from them, and I will not get angry and throw a tantrum because of my lack of understanding for what they must endure. Rather, I will do exactly what I am called to do, PROTECT and SERVE the citizens of this great nation. I will do so without malice, bias, or prejudices against any person, race, ethnicity, or creed, as I have always done. I will not judge all professional athletes based upon the actions of a few. And when they are in need, I will be there to help. I’ve committed to these principles because that is who I am, and because that is the difference between being essential and non-essential. It is my purpose, and I will follow it!
So, you can disregard my boycott. I’ll continue to serve, in my own lane, based upon the premise of a better tomorrow and the possibility of positively IMPACT the life of another! I hope and pray many others will do the same.
Response my response on my Facebook page was:
As Law Enforcement you are crossing the line.
This is a total 360 from the Unity Walk
I don’t watch the NBA but I follow and support Good Law Enforcement and to compare NBA and your title as a Chief of Police is just ludicrous.
This is a Racist Post!
This is about Black Professional Athletes and conversations about Black Folk getting shot by Police.
Why in the hell would a Law Enforcement Officer post some mess like this.
But when and if Tarboro Citizens should stage a boycott I am going to see how you respond to that.
And for anyone who like this post especially Black Folk you got some serious issues when it comes to Race Relations. But all of you got time to get it right!
But this is what we are dealing with that damn Trump Disease.
The citizens of Tarboro but not limited to ought to be outraged!
Deborah Dew-Jordan I can’t believe you commented on this post.
I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!
I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!
On today Sunday August 30, 2020 I received the following. Some folk are concerned the Chief is out of control. So the question is, can anyone park their personal vehicle on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and take photos?
I got a problem with the behavior of the Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb that I have seen over the past couple of days.
I remember how the 1st Black Police Chief Damon Williams was treated during his stay in Tarboro.
If Williams had posted on his Facebook page about Boycotting Nascar, parked his personal vehicle in front of the courthouse and posted it as a profile on his page, I wonder how that would have turned out.
I see that on today that the Chief has changed the status of his Facebook page.
I am requesting that the Tarboro Town Council to review the actions of the Chief and respond accordingly.
Thanking you in advance.