These days there are like 4162 different talk shows hosted by a group of women on television.
The one that stands out as the best in my opinion is “The Talk” which airs on CBS at 2pm eastern each weekday.
Normally I rock with this show. The ladies (Julie Chen, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne) are pretty funny, insightful, and thoughtful in discussing the hot news and entertainment topics of the moment.
But yesterday they, along with the rest of America via social media, disappointed me.
We see people accused of committing crimes every day. And in some cases, we treat it as a charge…an accusation…something to be decided in a court of law.
Apparently that approach doesn’t apply when discussing 3 UCLA basketball players who were questioned and are being held in China regarding an alleged shoplifting incident.
One of those players is Liangelo Ball. He is the younger brother of LA Laker phenom Lonzo Ball. And that also makes him the son of the controversial media personality, hustler, and Big Baller Brand CEO, Lavar Ball.
One would have thought there was video and audio released with 100% indisputable evidence judging by how these folks carried the young men.
At this point, all we have is 3 college students being held in a communist country regarding stolen sunglasses. But the hosts of The Talk have all but locked the key on their cells. And social media has been doing what social media does.
Chinese authorities have 37 days to decide if there will be an actual arrest; so for now, the players are not allowed to leave their hotel.
Would we be so quick to convict Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill in the court of public opinion if Lavar Ball wasn’t part of the story? It’s an interesting question.
I’ve been as critical and as annoyed by some of the things I’ve seen from Lavar Ball as anyone. But this is not a ‘gotcha’ moment. It’s not a ‘see I told you he was a bad parent’ moment.
This is 3 young Americans who may end up being arrested and convicted (99% conviction rate) of a crime in China; and this alleged crime could land the three in a Chinese prison for 3-10 years.
Remember Otto Warmbier?
In January 2016 the college student, who was visiting North Korea, was arrested and convicted of stealing. A few months later, while in a North Korean prison, Warmbier was in a coma with no legit explanation of how this occurred.
Then in June 2017, he was released, returned to the U.S. on the 13th and died less than a week later.
Some say his privilege got him in trouble. He thought he could do whatever and get away with it. Others felt bad because he was simply a young man who did something stupid in a country where doing something stupid is not chalked up to youthful exuberance.
Now in China we have a similar situation except: no one has officially been arrested. Yet we are treating this like a proven crime.
Oh by the way, did I mention that 45 was in China when this took place? Relevant? I don’t know but definitely an interesting side note.
Whether Ball, Riley, and Hill are arrested or not, America has already put them on trial and made them into punchlines.
And as we know, the accusation will continue to outweigh the truth even if they end up being found completely innocent of any actual wrongdoing.
Land of the guilty even if proven innocent…even while on another continent.