Friday, March 19, 2010

Save the libraries, MJ

Michael Jordan talked a lot Thursday about how he would be the face of the Charlotte Bobcats' franchise, and that part of his focus would be working with city and community groups to help Charlotte be a better place to live.

As several of my colleagues have pointed out to me today, there could hardly be a better place to start than Charlotte's public library system. It is in dire straits, as this Observer story details -- 12 of the 24 branches are set to close.

With those 12 closings will come 148 layoffs. And pretty much everyone gets affected by this, as the branches that will close April 3 are all over the county.

So help save the libraries, Michael. It's a very good cause, and talk about some serious bang for the civic buck -- this would do it. If I were Jordan, I'd get out in front of this issue quickly. (And I don't mean he should write a check for the entire amount himself. I mean he should make sure the Bobcats organization makes a sizeable contribution. He should encourage some of the players to do the same. He should possibly do a public-service announcement for the library system. He should help raise awareness of a serious issue, in other words, by using his celebrity).

And for those Charlotte residents who haven't seen the list of libraries that will be closing yet, they are: the urban branches of Beatties Ford Road, Belmont, Scaleybark and South Tryon; Sugar Creek to the north and Independence to the east; Myers Park, Carmel and Morrison on the affluent southside; and suburban outlets in Cornelius, Hickory Grove and Mint Hill.

89 comments:

Anonymous said...

What? MJ is just the owner of a NBA basketball team, not the be-all end-all savior of all things screwed up. He just spent over 200 mil for a sports team, why would he want or be expected to cough up more money to bail out the county government for their short-sighted mis-management of funds. Let's build a trolley to nowhere and a whitewater center that nobody uses and expect an athelete/team owner to cover our a$$? Right.

xtian2010 said...

@Anonymous- I think of Scott's blog entry as more about the comparison of priorities, versus a literal plea to MJ to save the CMPL libraries. I, too, think it ironic that a fraction of the money that it takes to save a basketball team (that, from what I understand, has also been mis-managed, no?) would save a library system that benefits far more people than a basketball team. Moreover with this symbolism, is the larger issue that public institutions- from parks to public transportation to fire houses to the police -are increasinly under fire, not because they are 'short-sighted or mis-managed', but because they are public and not-for-profit, period. Accessible to all regardless of income, yet not quite as sexy as saving as a basketball team.

Anita said...

That is an EXCELLENT idea. If MJ or any of his advisors are reading this, it is exactly what he should do to put his money where his mouth is in supporting Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

Soon it will not matter.

The Bobcats will be part of the peoples collective of sports gifted individuals and will be exempt from rationed orthopedic medical attention.

Libraries on the other hand will be as prolific as Taco Bells, as each will be mandated to carrying one book only.

"How I did it"
By B. H. Obama


Scott is literally asking Jordan for some library bucks and so will I.

Cough up some cha ching Mr. Jordan. Bring some coin and awareness to the issue.

Anonymous said...

At most, you should be asking him for a challenge gift.

20,000 people giving $100 each could stop these closures. I am quite certain there are at least 20,000 individuals in Charlotte who could cough up $100. I am one.

But even that isn't the point. The point is mismanagement. That needs to be explored, indeed laid bare, before we agree to charity (to keep our libraries open, how embarrassing) or tax increases.

Kenneth said...

Scott,

I just don't know what is wrong with you. While I agree that the libraries need to be saved. Who are you to ask this man to pay for it? I think you want him to spend all his money. Everything you want him to do from buying a house, changing the team's name, and now this involves Jordan spending his own money? Jerry Richardson just raised ticket prices at the stadium. Why didn't you call him out like that about the libraries?

Anonymous said...

Scott,
You are the biggest idiot I've ever encountered in my life.

chris_p said...

What a joke. You want MJ to save the libraries? How come no one is asking the Wachovia or Bank of America CEO's to pony up some of that bonus money they got to save the libraries! No, they wanna harass MJ after he spent the majority of his own money to buy controlling interest in the Bobcats. I say let some of these high paid execs fork over some of their own cash. We all know they got it!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:56 PM:
I agree, MJ just bought a team, he ain't the the savior. It would be a nice gesture but it's certainly not expected.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this joker still has a job writing for this paper.

Anonymous said...

Basketball players and books don't get along too well.

Anonymous said...

This is unbelievable. Should we ask him to pay additional taxes too? Why don't you write an article about how JOrdan should build more homeless shelters, pay for additional schools, and wow, he could certainly pay more taxes to help fix our roads! Great idea Scott!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Scott, it would help bind the team to the citizens. Perhaps a small portion of ticket sales would help.

Anonymous said...

Do it, MJ, and then name a branch after yourself. What a great way to make reading a little cooler for every kid in Charlotte!

Anonymous said...

It would certainly be a nice gesture, but it is by no means necessary. I don't think that Scott is an "idiot," as some individuals have claimed. I do, however, think that the public request may have been in poor taste. Mr. Jordan has already invested a large sum of his personal wealth in purchasing the Bobcats, and millions more will follow most likely. Now that a request has been made public via the Observer, I worry about Mr. Jordan being painted as "the bad guy" if he chooses not to donate the money for the libraries. An important thing to note: while the community would undoubtedly appreciate such a gift, I somehow doubt that would translate into increased ticket sales.

Anonymous said...

This entry is nothing short of embarrassing. Scott - does the editor ever read the garbage you put out? If so, you should both lose your jobs.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it could be done. Red light money was mostly going to the schools, right. Education lottery money boosts education, wrong, because state funding was cut and reallocated thinking the lottery would increase funding. So if MJ did cut a check you can bet that one way or another the money would end up going exactly where "Big Brother" or the government wants it to go.

Falstaff said...

Nothing wrong with the request or the idea. Sports teams are always touting the positive public impact of the franchise when they're coming hat in hand for public dollars to build their facilities, why not have a little give-back? Let's see a couple of the $330 million we gave to the Bobcats for the nice arena they play in. Money that neither MJ or his predecessor had to pay back or come up with. That's money that we gave to the teams, let the team give a fraction of that money back.

Anonymous said...

I thought the very same thing this morning when I saw the headlines right next to each other. One person spending $200+ million for a sport with overpaid athletes, overpriced tickets and over-hyped - right next to the libraries needing just 10% of that to be saved. It's about priorities people. What is the matter with our society that we are OK with that kind of money being spent on entertainment when we are closing 50% off our libraries (and potentially all of them if the worst-case scenario comes to pass and all but Main close) and laying off nearly 1,000 teachers - just in CMS alone? This is the future of our country and we are flushing it away.

We spend more in NC per prison inmate than we do per pupil. It's time for us to get our priorities straight and what better gesture than this to make us realize that.

Anonymous said...

I just don't get the Charlotte Observer. They have folks that just spew puke on paper (in this case on the web) and get away with it. I see now that if my job goes away, I can find a job at the observer.

Anonymous said...

Dang, what is your problem! I know you already dropped some cash to save them, along with Jerry Richardson, Humpy Wheeler, Rick Hendrick and everybody else with a hold on some sort of athletic franchise! I really believe that you have some issues. You need to pull back, you are becoming ridiculous at this point!

Anonymous said...

while it may help his perception in the city I fail to see where MJ needs to be called out by someone in the local paper to bail out the city government that isn't able to balance a budget. It wasn't his fault this happened. What he should focus on is putting a quality product on the court and entice people to spend money at the arena and establishments around it. That will be his part in helping Charlotte, not bailing out a fiscal failure.

Anonymous said...

This is a very slippery slope... While, I agree it would be a nice gesture if MJ donated some money to help out the library system, then would he be expected to help out every time Charlotte has some kind of economical problem (big or small)? While I don't think just dropping 2M is the answer, maybe offering to match X amount if others step up. Like some suggested, all those rich bankers for one.

Anonymous said...

as hard as it is to believe maybe there was too many libraries.

Anonymous said...

Scott,

It's real easy for you to ask someone in Jordan's position to just cough up money to bailout a government entity, because the government couldn't manage itself properly. Should we expect him to shell out millions of dollars next year as well, when the economy is still in the tank thanks to tax increases and government excess?

If you want to bring the library situation into this sports blog, why don't you show a little outrage at the idiots in government who got the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County into this situation?

Polly said...

Scott, Why don't YOU save just one library? Then 11 more CO employees could save one each. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Julius Peppers will save the libraries....oh wait...

Anonymous said...

Save the libraries? Who in the hell goes to a library any more? Libraries will be the first to go and then newspapers next.... Scott... you are about as dumb as you look...

Just Bill said...

Scott, I had the same thought. And yes, the banks should practice some corporate citizenship with their bonus money. Didn't B of A just pay out $4 billion? Also, didn't the County help the NASCAR Hall of Fame with construction cost overruns? Well, Bruton Smith's a squilliomaire, and Lord knows his public image could use some renovation. This can be a chance for people and organizations to step up and help. That said, I should make a donation myself. Keep the faith, Scott, and find a kid to read to.

Anonymous said...

We need to save the libraries, and the schools. We need to do it by raising taxes. For more than a hundred years Americans have supported public schools and libraries, and we should not shy away from that duty now.
And yes, I pay property taxes.

Anonymous said...

I still think this whole library closing drama is just kabuki.

Leave MJ alone. Let him get his business, the Charlotte Whomevers off the ground before you start hitting him up for charitable contributions. Right now, the Charlotte Whomevers is all any sane person can manage.

Muggie said...

And not just the library but the Police, Fire Department, Schools, and all other County departments. No one is immune.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we could get one of our former democratic political officals (Black or Easley) to appropriate some campaign funds to help the libraries instead of paying their defense attorneys

Anonymous said...

This attempt at shock journalism is in very poor taste and should be a flat out embarrassment to the Observer as it is for this city. There must not be any editors or managers left on the floor at the CO for junk like this to even be published. Dumb, just plain dumb. Grr

Chad said...

Seriously ... another bailout of politically poor decision. How about we hold accountable the elected officials who squandered taxpayer money during the good times and left nothing in the pot for the good times???

Anonymous said...

Scott, you must be totally bored and without anything else to write about to even propose such BS. Stop goofing off and get to work on some real news.

Anonymous said...

DEAR LIBERALS,

It keeps going on and on...with you it never stops. Mismanagement of county dollars, gross negligence at the state level, and the spend, spend, spend of the federal government. Scott why dont you get a list of all the people who make $250K and above and beg them to rid the world of its ills. The city decides to go after light rail, trolley system, fund NASCAR museum, etc. etc. etc... lets not ask them...lets ask the rich... MJ please save us.... this paper sucks...but I appreciate the reminder as to why I will never subscribe to the Charlotte Observer.

John said...

I think SCOTT FOWLER should cough up some money for the libraries. Awfully easy to ask SOMEONE ELSE to pay for the things you want, isn't it? So much harder to pay for those things yourself.

I surely do not see SCOTT FOWLER putting his money where his much amplified mouth is. Quit begging for others' money, Scott. Its beneath you.

Claire Voyance said...

Dear MJ,

Along with the libraries, could you please fund a downtown baseball stadium? See, you once dabbled in the minors and Charlotte really needs a team in uptown, not in SC. Thanks, you are the best.

SmartestBloggerEver said...

Why not ask Richardson, he has lots of money he has saved...oh thats right Scott you are also capitalizing on a local event to get your name out there, that being MJ - horrible!

Anonymous said...

THE TWO MILLION DOLLARS WOULD BE A TEMPORARY FIX. THE LIBRARY WILL NEED 17 MILLION FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR STARTING JULY 2010. The comparison of priorities is on target but the community is missing the point that a steady flow of monetary donations - year after year - will always be required - not just at the last hour before execution.

Jeditigger said...

Dear Anonymous Who Said DEAR LIBERALS:

Before you start throwing blame and mud, please remember that the eight years of Bush's administration saw the largest expansion of government since the New Deal...and took a budget surplus and made it into the largest deficit in history.

An author once said that difference between the US and Japan is that in Japan, the focus is on what's screwed up; in the US, the focus is on WHO screwed up.

Stop pointing fingers and laying blame and just try to work together to fix the darned problems. Good lord.

Sincerely,
An annoyed moderate/indie voter

Anonymous said...

Scott is a clown

Anonymous said...

Not too many libraries. Too top heavy in management. Over paid director and his four cronies, then the four so called area managers who never leave their four walls. None ever seen helping a patron. None ever checking materials in or out - shelving books. Working administration is respected. The library system never stood a chance.

Anonymous said...

WHAT A CLOWN....SCOTT

Hoagie58 said...

By the day, I am becoming more convinced that Scott Fowler wouldnt know an original idea if it walked up, smacked him across the face, and bought him dinner. I swear, you troll the posts attached to other stories, and then submit them as your blogs. I read this same idea from some poster, attached to another article. Of course, your other recent (non-original idea) involved the renaming of the Bobcats-also stolen from posters commenting on various Bobcat articles. Dude, sit on your throne, work real hard, and squeeze out an original idea!!!!

Kay said...

It would be good for one rich person to give 2M to the library.

It would be better for several people together to give 2M to the library.

It would be best for many together to give 2M to the library.

YES?

Anonymous said...

Even if he bought the whole library system, it would not be good enough for some of the haters who post their rotten comments on this website.

Anonymous said...

Now is the time to launch the Republican's economic stimulus plan for job creation and revenue increases in the Charlotte area. There are many Republican bloggers in the comments section of the Observer website. Maybe now they can save the libraries and teaching jobs since they think Obama's stimulas wasn't good enough.

Anonymous said...

I really don't think Jordan has to bail the county out.....but I did have to pay for an arena that I voted against!!

Anonymous said...

Shame on you for asking Jordan to bail out our county government shortcomings. No wonder he never wanted to be a public figure in charlotte. The minute he comes out, people are begging for money. I thought the "rich" people were the enemy anyways.

Anonymous said...

This is the dumbest thing I've ever read.

Anonymous said...

I can believe he is posting this, what happened to the other writer who got laid off from the Observer? As for Wachovia CEO, well their isn't one anymore as the CEO is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca so lay off that. If you are going to write about sports and civic duty then tell Jerry Richardson to cough up some $$ since he is willing to pay an over the hill Delhomme $12mil and then raise ticket prices after cutting the expenses, what a joke. Also, Scott how much is your or even the Observer is donating to the "Save the libraries foundation"? None of the wealthy is stepping up because they know there are other ways of saving them, like getting competent people in office who isn't so closed minded that they are willing to change their antiquated thinking and bring in some young fresh minds. Asking him to cough up something he had absolutely nothing to do with is plain stupid, no wonder the Observer is laying off also.

Anonymous said...

Hey theres plenty of books stores out there.

All they need is the big central library downtown anyway.

Nobody even goes to the freakin library anymore anyway. Thats why they invented the internet.

And besides you have to get priorities in order. Saving the pro basketball team comes first and then comes the other stuff like schools, books, hospitals etc.

Anonymous said...

Jeditigger,

I appreciate your comments but being a fiscal conservative (I'm not a Bush disciple or republican cronie either) but if you look at the county/city budget and the projects it has undertaken, it has been very LIBERAL with the tax dollars of its citizens. In my household, we DONT SPEND WHAT WE DONT HAVE!!! This attitude that we hold individuals who are wealthy responsible and not the so-called stewards of the city/county political system is appalling. Those clowns work for us..Scott and the Observer continues to give these financial liberals a past. This is no more about Bush than it is about Obama. I am speaking on the local level. You ask the county and the first thing they point to is the state, ask the state they blame federal cuts... this problem speaks to of a mindset. Everybody's solution is simple: increase taxes...how about we just all work and get paid directly by the government and allow the government to determine our wages.....wait in some cases they already do...DEAR LIBERALS! WAKE UP.

Anonymous said...

The Citizens of Mecklenburg County should march at the government center and demand the removal of Harry Jones and all his cronies if one library or one park or rec center in this County is closed they are essential to the younger generation of this County and it would be devistating for librarys or parks to close. and you wait until they say they are going to close parks, the people will be outraged....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I really don't think Jordan has to bail the county out.....but I did have to pay for an arena that I voted against!!

March 20, 2010 12:41 AM
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Please show me the bill that you received to pay for this arena? I never received one. Then again, I don't sleep in hotels or rent cars for the city I live in either.

Anonymous said...

He's already gambled his ca&h money away. Go Heels!

CLTAussie said...

Did anyone actually read what Scott wrote? Yes, he insinuated that MJ should stroke a check, but mostly he said MJ should use his celebrity to raise awareness of the issue - Using his celebrity as a means to get the community involved in supporting something that thousands of people use everyday. One of the branches being closed (Carmel?) had over 400,000 visitors in one year. If you think no one uses the library, that's what the internet is for, 1 - try reading a book sometime, you might learn something and 2 - I take it you are not one of the 12.8% of MC resident's who are currently unemployed and possibly can not afford the internet... The library provides free internet access to these poor folks to get look for jobs and get back on their feet.

Anonymous said...

Does the NBA & libraries go hand & hand?I'm not the one to answer that! But what Scott is saying it would be a good start for Jordan to help out in any manner to save the libraries.Since a lot of people say the players are thugs & if it wasn't for b-ball they wouldn't make it outside of the NBA.This would show good character by the Bobcats to step up!

J said...

With Jordan betting such a huge percentage of his own money on the Bobcats, I'm not looking to him. I'm not looking to the Levines, who have covered the shortfall of housing the homeless the past 2 winters.

I want to see these out-of-towners Brian Moynihan and John Stumpf, who both claim to have big plans for their banks in Charlotte, to step up. They could each throw $10 million to stop the closures and the threat of next year's closures, and never miss it.

Sportsdon said...

Maybe MJ should help save Blockbuster Video and the land line phone companies while he is at it. Fowler, you really are out of touch with the modern world and the changing dynamic of communication. Or is it denial in the face of losing your job in a few years when newspapers are no longer printed and delivered?

Anonymous said...

"@Anonymous- I think of Scott's blog entry as more about the comparison of priorities, versus a literal plea to MJ to save the CMPL libraries. I, too, think it ironic that a fraction of the money that it takes to save a basketball team (that, from what I understand, has also been mis-managed, no?) would save a library system that benefits far more people than a basketball team. Moreover with this symbolism, is the larger issue that public institutions- from parks to public transportation to fire houses to the police -are increasinly under fire, not because they are 'short-sighted or mis-managed', but because they are public and not-for-profit, period. Accessible to all regardless of income, yet not quite as sexy as saving as a basketball team."

I think you underestimate the effect the basketball team has on the local economy. This team adds a ton of tax revenue to the local government which in turn filters down to the local parks, libraries, etc. To claim the money would be better spent on the library system (which would go directly towards costs and would have little chance of return of investment, perpetual returns, etc.) is completely inaccurate. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that tax revenue gained from the team's presence uptown over the next 10 years (including businesses around the arena that previously did not exist) will eclipse any one-time payment made.

On a different note, while I agree the libraries need to be saved, I think it's important to point out the declining significance libraries have in our society today. With prevalent high-speed access the library is a slowly dying institution. I personally enjoy the library and recognize the access it allows people of all income levels, but I also think the downsizing was a long time coming and may continue, especially with the new push to provide high-speed internet to everyone across the country.

Chris b said...

Why should MJ fix our counties mistakes. Last time I checked the arena was built by raising hotel\motel taxes. If you clowns don't want to contribute to the arena stop stay home and rent your car outside of Charlotte. If everything in our county is under budget JUST RAISE TAXES. Yes I do pay mecklenburg county taxes, everyone should stop looking for someone to bail us out all the time.

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D.A. Davis said...

It is always a prudent thing to do to tell someone else what they “should do” with their money… Scott, why don’t you forego your year’s salary, and donate it to Mecklenburg County to start the ball rolling!

Jeditigger said...

Dear Anonymous Who Said Dear Liberals and Replied to Me:

My point was basically that politicians on both sides seem to have overspent; I mean, McCrory's a conservative who oversaw the city for more than a decade.

I can see, however, that you and I are pretty much in synch as far as "don't spend what ya don't got." :)

Anonymous said...

We have the internet and digital books in todays world. The only travesty is that we didnt close ALL the public libraries.

Anonymous said...

I still go to the library. As a matter of fact, I went to the Morrison Branch Library today to return several books and make a contribution to keep it open. The circulation desk was covered up with people expressing their amazement and disappointment in the current state of affairs. Just because you (anonymous 9:19 p.m. 3/19) don't use the library, don't think that it is not a necessary service to the community. I sincerely hope that those that have the funds to do so will step up and help keep the facilities open.

Anonymous said...

How about asking Brian Moynihan for some money? He heads a major franchise headquartered in Charlotte and he doesn't live here either.

This constant civic boosterism by the Observer needs to stop. It's small-town and unprofessional. And leave Michael Jordan alone.

Anonymous said...

GOod idea but not Michael.. Burton Smith is the one that could use an image boost and the people of Charlotte area have given to him for years support not only his dealerships but his racetrack. COME on Bruton Support the town you call home most of the year.

Anonymous said...

On March 17, Anonymous wrote "a trolley to nowhere".

Anonymous, do you really and truly believe that Charlotte is "nowhere"?

Anonymous said...

JCSU to Presbyterian Hospital would be a trolley to nowhere.

Anonymous said...

Sure, I'd love for MJ to ride in on his white horse and save our libraries. It would be awesome PR, a fantastic way for him to show his interest in Charlotte, and earn our interest in his team.

But why do we keep talking about the wealthy few coming to the rescue?

Why don't WE take responsibility for this? We can put our money where our mouths are, and give to Friends of the Library.

Anonymous said...

MJ matching gift challenge - great idea! Or if he'd appear at a fundraiser, I think we'd get the money pretty quickly.

Alma said...

He's been the owner of the team less than a week and you expect him to save the libraries...That's part of what's wrong with Charlotte--Always trying to dump its trash on someone else's doorsteps! The government made the mess--The government needs to clean it up! Michael needs to focus on his investment!

Anonymous said...

Michael, I have a touch of athlete's foot. Can you help me out?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully MJ dosent gamble anymore on golf or anything else since he is now a team owner.

Jordan odds of making it as an NBA owner borrowing and laying 275 mill on the line with interest are slim to none. The bad economy only compounds things and BJ showing his sour grapes was bad for business too.

What was BJ thinking? Was he trying to hurt MJ out his way out urinating on the city? Clearly being so negative toward a city who gave him a 400 mill new arena as the first minority owner was arrogant much less calling the QC pretty much white inbred trash. Is he kidding? BJ was raised in rural Mississippi and didnt have a pot to pizz in before moving to DC and getting a free lunch grant.

BJ must be mad he couldnt run another scam like he did with BET selling out to the white man at VIA for 1.5 bill in stock after 8 yrs. Losing on the NBA was his fault not the city. Idiot.

MJ is the one getting hurt here and he knows it.

af said...

I agree with several of the comments above, with all the large business, they could all contribute and get the positive PR. CMC, Presby, Siemens, Wachovia, Bank of America, seriously they all couldn't contribute to make the grand total needed of 2 mil????

Jim Mitchem said...

Bad idea. Here's why: http://bit.ly/bU5dyb

Claire Voyance said...

I always love when others tell somebody else how to spend their money.

I'm not say libraries have lost there purpose with the online network, libraries are becoming obsolete and it's a fact of society. This is just the beginning if you haven't realized it so far. Yes, it means jobs but get ready for more job loses.

It's sad to say but jobs need to adapt and the economic benefit of keeping the branches open is very minimal.

pr said...

I'll do it here since the fkn Charlotte Observer ain't got the guts to allow Carolina express their disgust over that POS former owner of the ba ba ba BOBCATS! It's official..I'M NOT GOING TO ANY GAMES TILL MJ CHANGES THE NAME OF THIS FRANCHISE! 'BOB' JOHNSON CAN KISS M.A!!! WHO THE FK DOES HE THINK HE IS! TALK ABOUT ARROGANCE!!! CHARLOTTE BUILT HIS DAMN ARENA, THE NBA PAYED FOR ITS UPKEEP!!...AND HE HAS THE GAUL TO SAY CHARLOTTE DOESN'T EMBRACE MINORITY OWNERSHIP! NOBODY PUT A GUN TO YOUR HEAD AND MADE YOU BRING AN NBA FRANCHISE HERE AZSWIPE!! I DON'T GIVE A FK IF YOUR IN SEATTLE, MIAMI, CHARLOTTE OR YUMA ARIZONA...YOU GIVE A COMMUNITY A CRAP PRODUCT...THE COMMUNITY AIN'T GONNA GIVE A CRAP!! AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE DONE FOR EVER SINCE YOUR BULLCHIT FRANCHISE GOT HERE!

Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, said he did not want to talk about Johnson's comments, saying only that "I think Charlotte owes Bob Johnson a debt of gratitude for bringing the NBA back to Charlotte."

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT BOB MORGAN!!...I, OR NOBODY ELSE OWES BOB JOHNSON CHIT!!! HE IS THE EPITOME OF WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY TODAY. UNLESS SOMEONE 'GIVES' HIM SOMETHING, ESPECIALLY IF NON-WHITE, THEN YOUR A RACIST!! THAT'S RIGHT....THAT'S WHAT YOU REALLY MEANT TO SAY BOB! I WAS BORN AT NIGHT BUT NOT LAST NIGHT! ARROGANT!!???..INCESTUOUS!!???..TALK ABOUT BEING JUST THAT..YOU’RE THE POSTER BOY JERK WEED. ME, CHARLOTTE, THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA..THE 'GOVERNMENT' DOESN'T AND NEVER DID OWE YOU JACK!! AS LONG AS THIS FRANCHISE CARRIES THE NAME OF THIS POMPOUS JERK, I'LL EXERCISE MY RIGHT NOT TO BANKROLL IT!! YOU GOT SOME WORK TO DO MJ IN CLEANING UP THIS GEORGE SHINN 'PART 2' MESS! I WISH YOU LUCK! BUT I OWE YOU NOTHING!

prestonsc said...

I'll do it here since the fkn Charlotte Observer ain't got the guts to allow Carolina express their disgust over that POS former owner of the ba ba ba BOBCATS! It's official..I'M NOT GOING TO ANY GAMES TILL MJ CHANGES THE NAME OF THIS FRANCHISE! 'BOB' JOHNSON CAN KISS M.A!!! WHO THE FK DOES HE THINK HE IS! TALK ABOUT ARROGANCE!!! CHARLOTTE BUILT HIS DAMN ARENA, THE NBA PAYED FOR ITS UPKEEP!!...AND HE HAS THE GAUL TO SAY CHARLOTTE DOESN'T EMBRACE MINORITY OWNERSHIP! NOBODY PUT A GUN TO YOUR HEAD AND MADE YOU BRING AN NBA FRANCHISE HERE AZSWIPE!! I DON'T GIVE A FK IF YOUR IN SEATTLE, MIAMI, CHARLOTTE OR YUMA ARIZONA...YOU GIVE A COMMUNITY A CRAP PRODUCT...THE COMMUNITY AIN'T GONNA GIVE A CRAP!! AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE DONE FOR EVER SINCE YOUR BULLCHIT FRANCHISE GOT HERE!

Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, said he did not want to talk about Johnson's comments, saying only that "I think Charlotte owes Bob Johnson a debt of gratitude for bringing the NBA back to Charlotte."

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT BOB MORGAN!!...I, OR NOBODY ELSE OWES BOB JOHNSON CHIT!!! HE IS THE EPITOME OF WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY TODAY. UNLESS SOMEONE 'GIVES' HIM SOMETHING, ESPECIALLY IF NON-WHITE, THEN YOUR A RACIST!! THAT'S RIGHT....THAT'S WHAT YOU REALLY MEANT TO SAY BOB! I WAS BORN AT NIGHT BUT NOT LAST NIGHT! ARROGANT!!???..INCESTUOUS!!???..TALK ABOUT BEING JUST THAT..YOU’RE THE POSTER BOY JERK WEED. ME, CHARLOTTE, THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA..THE 'GOVERNMENT' DOESN'T AND NEVER DID OWE YOU JACK!! AS LONG AS THIS FRANCHISE CARRIES THE NAME OF THIS POMPOUS JERK, I'LL EXERCISE MY RIGHT NOT TO BANKROLL IT!! YOU GOT SOME WORK TO DO MJ IN CLEANING UP THIS GEORGE SHINN 'PART 2' MESS! I WISH YOU LUCK! BUT I OWE YOU NOTHING!

Anonymous said...

So according to Mr bigshot big city BJ, Charlotte NC just a bunch of white trash hillbilly redneck cracker traitor trash who have sex with their relatives and bear crosseyed kids?

WOW !!!! LOW BLOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So much for the significance and lie about his being 1st black pro sports owner. What a joke. That was a con crock like we didnt already know that anyway.

And BJ was never forced to sell the damn team was he? He could have kept it. Mr BET sell out scam artist sucked as a businessman. He just got lucky with BET.

STFowlerUp said...

Exactly!What? MJ has enough on his mind with the Bobcats! Leave the man alone!

STFowlerUp said...

Still can't understand why Fowler has this job! Write more books instead of milkin' your way through employment with the Charlotte O'buser!

Anonymous said...

This is what Bob Johnson was talking about. Prove yourself over and over by giving away money or either do what a few writers who have control of the news say or they will lable you anti-Charlotte. What a blackmailing type idea!

Anonymous said...

Bob Johnson has proven himself a complete racist bigoted jackazz lying piece of arrogant trash and it finally came out what a scam artist he was in this city after being handed everything on a silver platter and failing like the loser he is.

Is Mississippi po' boy Johnson, who would still be picking cotten for a dollar a day had he not got a free lunch in DC, sure he is not a product of inbreeding?

Anonymous said...

bob did look a little crosseyed and cockeyed.