Sun article on those fabulous Roberts girls
Posted in the Greeneville Forum
#1 Mar 20, 2013
My mother once told the principal at Glenwood that if your name wasn’t Roberts, it might as well be Mud. How well the article on those fabulous Roberts girls illustrated this wise observation. Whose brilliant idea was it to celebrate the blatant favoritism that ran rampant through that school in that era? Those of us who were overlooked by “Uncle Kyle” didn’t necessarily recognize it as nepotism, not understanding all the underlying familial connections. We only saw that we weren’t good enough. Interestingly, the article about four Roberts, which mentions a fifth cousin by name and numerous others anonymously, notes that the style of play at the time consisted of a six person team; three forwards and three guards. How convenient for them. One of the most telling quotes from the article concerned which of the girls was “the good one”. This can be taken to mean that, despite the special treatment, one on one coaching, and personal attention afforded them, the rest were merely adequate. None except the “good one” actually played college basketball on scholarship, and she turned out to be a benchwarmer, thus effectively rendering the article, to quote a line from “Meet the Fockers”, a “monument to mediocrity”.
Am I angry? Bitter? Yes. They were snobs and bullies. I was locked in the music room by these same girls for daring to play with one of “their” basketballs. My little brother’s head was cut open by a rock intentionally thrown by an older Roberts brother out of sheer petulance. Coincidently, that particular Roberts brother was soundly defeated in a recent Congressional campaign. Could it be that many others from that place and time remember? I hope so. I hope that those of us who grew into well-educated, successful adults ANYWAY, who also have a presence in the schools today, whose children and grandchildren attend these schools, realize the harm that can be done to the developing psyche of children by any kind of exclusion, intolerance, prejudice, and bias. I love seeing today’s coaches strive to allow equal game time to all the players. And I am grateful that we are well past the time when all of the players (and coaches) have the same DNA and the same name.
#2 Mar 20, 2013
That Roberts boy , who was defeated in a Congressional run, was named Commissioner of the Tennessee Dept. of Revenue by Gov. Haslam. It apparently pays to have connections.
#3 Mar 20, 2013
Good thing for him that Gov Haslam isn't local, huh?
#4 Mar 20, 2013
So you honestly think "I love seeing today’s coaches strive to allow equal game time to all the players. And I am grateful that we are well past the time when all of the players (and coaches) have the same DNA and the same name."
What planet do you live on? West Greene, North Greene, Chuckey Doak and South Greene are still very much "nepotism" city!! Many of the grade schools are not much better. You can follow the blood line back through generations as to who gets the jobs. Look in the office staff alone of these schools. It's criminal in my book.
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