Black celebs need the Marv Albert treatment

Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains why he deserves the Marv Albert treatment.

Two weeks ago, I was with my wife watching the Tennessee Titans play the Houston Texans when I realized the man calling the game is a voice very familiar to basketball aficionados worldwide. Turns out this past June, CBS signed longtime NBA announcer Marv Albert to do play-by-play of NFL games alongside ex-Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon. Albert's monumental comeback after a lurid scandal almost killed his career got me thinking about the lack of due process when it comes to celebrities of a darker skin tone.

Fourteen years ago, Albert was exposed as a sex freak who enjoyed dressing up in ladies' underwear and biting women during rough intercourse. Kinky Marv even welcomed another man, "an attractive airline pilot," to participate in a ménage à trois, according to the testimony of Albert's longtime lover Vanessa Perhach. In 1997, Perhach accused Albert of sodomizing her in a hotel room in Virginia. He was criminally charged and swiftly lost his gig on the Peacock Network.

But two years later, after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and the sodomy charge was dropped, Albert was back doing his NBA thing for NBC. When TNT took over some pro-basketball telecasts, the cable network hired Albert. Now he's on CBS, where he can earn some bread while the NBA season is sidelined because of the lockout.

No one questions Albert's moral character anymore. Yet whenever a guy like me does or says something in the media, people want to dredge up cases I beat 25 years ago. Even though I was exonerated when I had my day in court, I'm still guilty in the court of public opinion. Let's not forget that earlier this year, some jerk who writes for the Miami Herald rehashed all of my arrests because I endorsed Julio Robaina instead of Carlos Gimenez for county mayor.

If I had been caught up in Albert's mess, national talking heads like Nancy Grace and Bill O'Reilly would have had a field day with me. Those two are entertainers who get away with masquerading as newscasters. As a result, people take them seriously and believe what they say is the absolute truth. I don't think the Founding Fathers envisioned the fourth estate having the right to present bullshit as fact. Yet it goes on every day in the mainstream media.

There should be a law that protects people who are vindicated after they have been charged with a crime or sued in civil court. If the charges are dismissed or you are not found guilty, it should be illegal for anybody to use that incident against you, whether it is to deny you a job or write a hit piece about you.

 
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liberals aint to smart
liberals aint to smart

every time I hear someone say there should be a law against "this" or "that" I cringe!p.s. mr luke you break that law you want all the time! be careful what you ask for! and lay off the racist bull shit!

JIMMY
JIMMY

Luke two words Chris Brown, and you think black celebs don't get the same treatment? Get over the Black vs. White thing, YOU come across as the racist! We have a Black president for g-ds sake!

Chekov
Chekov

Luke is dumb ass ...

divestrong
divestrong

Haha, yea because no one made fun of Marv Albert for being a freak - guess you don't watch SNL? And your solution is that we should take away the freedom of speech of writers so they don't hurt anyone's feelings? How out of touch with reality are you Luke?

Mainline FL
Mainline FL

Well don't ya think it's ironic that your column complaining about hit pieces on celebs when you yourself do the same thing to at least 3. Amazing coincidence that the only news people metnioned are conservatives serving this same meal as, but no mention of, the John Stewarts, the Bill Mahers, or the epidomy of unbiased jounalism, Keith Obermann. And if you think African Americans never get second chances then please explain how Al Sharpton, a convicted liar, gets his own show, Marion Barry gets re-elected, and our own dear leader attends a church that is the equivalent of a klan rally for 20 years without repercussion. All of your columns are entertaining for their incredible lack of thought.

wigsan
wigsan

all about keeping trhe black man down with you hey low life

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Perhaps if you were a member of the same ethnic group as Marv you would be given the same pass...

Paul
Paul

Did a 14 year old ghost write this article for you Puke? Another racist article by the ignorant racist jackass Puke. Your own race must be ashamed of you Puke. New Times you suck for publishing this garbage.

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

First, I do not think O'Reilly would consider you even worthy to waste his breath. But, if he did, and he had a debate with you: I guarantee he would rip you to shreds because you are an idiot, myopic and remedial.

Hello
Hello

O'Rielly is a hypocrite....remember when he put pressure on coca cola to remove Ludacris from their ads because he was not a good role model and endorsed the Osbornes, who use the F word frequently in their home (kids included) and also (I might be mistaken) but didn't he get caught cheating on his wife? Wasn't he one of the people talking stuff about the rapper Common being invited to the White House while conveniently leaving out the fact that George Bush had invited Eazy "F tha Police" E to the white house years earlier? I think these are the types of double standards that Mr. Campbell is talking about

Soledad829
Soledad829

How about celebrities get normal people treatment? Why should any celebrity of any color get any special treatment? It's all bullshit.

Guest
Guest

Celebrities will only be treated like regular citizens when regular citizens stop putting them on pedestals.

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Race card. Every one is sick and tired of your bullshit Puke. Fuck off and die NIGGER!! How's that for racism? And NIGGER not because of your skin color. NIGGER because you are the dirtiest son of a bitch to ever hit the media

Francisco
Francisco

This is not about color or ethnicity. This only about Luther still having a chip on his shoulder. Ray Lewis was involved in a murder and that is never mentioned any more. Luke, you're doing just fine....

Guest
Guest

I would have a chip on my shoulder also. How would you like it for someone to throw you in jail for singing a damn song that people paid to see you perform at an adult establishment, let me know what laws Mr. Campbell broke by doing this. Also tell me how you wuld like it to be found innocent of crimes you were accused of 20 yrs ago be brought up by an admitted liar & cheat who is sitting in jail and only wants to hurt other people.

FirstLady
FirstLady

If feel your point Luke but you need a stronger message here to argue this point than your own situation. Not because your point isn't valid but whenever your essay comes back to portraying yourself as the victim, the larger point is missed. There is a valid point and I think some attention can be paid to the media dogging Lebron because of his decision to play in one city over another for example. Another example is Allen Iverson who has always been billed as a bad guy when his bad press has never even come close to that of a Marv Albert.

Johndoe
Johndoe

Freedom of speech, dickhead

JaneDoe
JaneDoe

Yeah Freedom of speech dick sucker!!!

 
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