Give Carmelo Anthony a Farewell Tour

Give Carmelo Anthony a Farewell Tour

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BlacksIn Hollywood started this petition to Carmelo Anthony

My name is DC Livers. I'm a sports writer who has worked with Carmelo Anthony since he came to play with the New York Knicks. I really didn't like him at first. I thought he was lazy and I felt like he should have played at the Rucker - a legendary community basketball game in Harlem. But over time, working with him I've come to respect him a great deal. I often tell people I feel like he's this generation's Muhammed Ali. 

Watching him handle the extreme pressure that came with some reporters writing fake news about him was very difficult. There were days I didn't want to show up to cover the team but I made myself a promise: As long as Carmelo keeps showing up, I'm going to show up. Not only did he show up but he was so committed and genuine. 

This is a man who had EIGHTY TWO teammates while playing for the Knicks. He had FIVE coaches and TWO general managers. I stopped learning players' name at some point about 40-45 but Carmelo was completely engaged, fired up for every game. He treated each new teammate with respect and he somehow found the courage to endure some of the most intense pressure I've ever witnessed in my entire career covering professional sports. 

He still has a lot to give to the game. He still have the love, the desire and the will to play. He deserves to be in the NBA but he's being treated like the NBA's version of Colin Kapernick. He was forced out of the city he was born in and loved so much. Now he's being forced out of a game that he loves so much. It's just not right.

Making this petition will likely have negative effects for me because I'm still a credentialed reporter and the league could retaliate but it's the right thing to do.

My buddy Stephen A. Smith has earned my respect over the years but I respectfully say: Stephen A. Smith is dead wrong. Carmelo deserves a Farewell Tour but more importantly, the fans deserve a Carmelo Farewell Tour. We need that closure on a career that still holds so much promise and gives so many people so much hope. 

I've set up a website called ThanksMelo.com to honor his sacrifice to the game. It's for anyone who wants to sign the GUEST BOOK or leave a message for Carmelo. So many people ask me what kind of man he is. Everyone around me calls me or texts me when Carmelo's name is mentioned on TV or the radio because they know I'm ride or die with Carmelo - the player and the man. He's a great role model for so many people. Working with him made me a better reporter and a better person.

Please sign this petition to help us get a Carmelo Anthony Farewell Tour.

Thank you,

DC Livers
BlackPressRadio.net

 

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