For Martin, football was an escape from a home life that was tragic. Martin, who spoke without notes but with a clear understanding of what he was trying to say, recounted the violence of his young life. He talked about how his father used to “torture” his mother by burning her hair with a lighter or her skin with lit cigarettes.
He recounted again how his grandmother was found beaten to death in his family’s apartment when he was nine. He remembered being 15 and having a gun pointed at his head as the gunman pulled the trigger seven times without the bullet firing. Finally, when the gunman pointed the gun away from Martin, the gun discharged.
Not one single mention of Gabby’s dad.
Made it seem like her mom was all on her own, no man in sight. ”Tsk, tsk tsk, ain’t that a shame?”
But that’s not true, is it NBC?
Gabby hadn’t seen her dad (Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas) in two years when he surprised the teen by popping into the U.S. Olympic trials in late June.
And he was far from London when the teen known as the “Flying Squirrel” vaulted into America’s heart with a second gold medal by winning the all-around title.
Timothy Douglas is stationed in Afghanistan as part of the Air National Guard, 203rd Red Horse Squadron.
And it is clear that her dad loves her…
While he couldn’t make it to the London games, Douglas did fly into San Jose, Calif., to watch his daughter earn her spot on the U.S. team this summer.
At the time, Gabby recalled hearing her name coming down from the crowd at the trials. She looked up to see her father waving a U.S. flag with her name written across the stripes.
“There’s a feeling that you can’t describe,” the elder Douglas told the Des Moines Register after the reunion. “I just missed her so much.”
…and that she loves her dad
Gabby Douglas credited the surprise visit for giving her a huge boost in the qualifying competition.
“I was like, ‘OK, you’ve got to get it together,’” she recalled. “Seeing him made my night, actually.”
If this isn’t the perfect set up for one of those infamous Olympic “personal stories” that NBC has been shoving down our throats, I don’t know what is.
But if you watched NBC, you would have thought that Gabby’s mom was the only parent involved in her life, the traditional story another black man who doesn’t take care of his kids, that all of America has come to believe is true of all black men.
This isn’t a random incident either. Back in the day, the media would try to pull all kinds of fuckery on Serena and Venus Williams father, Richard
Richard wasn’t haven’t it and didn’t. He didn’t give a fuck about the media and how they portrayed him, he knew what he was about and so does his kids.
They don’t fuck with Richard no more.
They treat him like a live volcano, they watch from a distance and approach very cautiously.
Like I said, unless a black dude isn’t doing this kind of shit…
NBC obviously don’t think that America cares to see us doing anything positive.