I am the youngest columnist on this website. When I say young, I mean young. I started in this business interviewing celebrities when I was 10-years old. I took a sabbatical to finish high school. After high school, I got back into the business and did some part-time work interviewing athletes and celebrities. I bring the Millennial perspective to the website. I comment on sports, politics, current events and I write movie reviews. Click here to visit my Archives Page.
I’m also the co-host of “The Legends of Inside Sports,” (YouTube) with legendary DC radio sports broadcaster and TV host Harold Bell. In my spare time I am the Lead Guitarist for a band called The Courtland Experiment. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
From top to bottom (left to right): Photo #1: Here I am with baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield at the NBA All Star Game in Washington, DC. I was 10-years old. Photo #2: Here I am with former heavyweight boxer Biff Cline. I interviewed Biff when I was 14-years old at the Black Men In America.com office. Photo #3: Here I am with the legendary sports broadcaster and political activist Harold Bell in the Press Box in 2018 at the Capital One Arena covering the Washington Wizards. Photo #4: Here I am with Super Bowl XXII winning Quarterback and MVP Doug Williams at an awards ceremony. I think I was about 16-years old in this photo.
C.J. Talks 2Trey Rainey
Washington Wizards in-game host Trey Rainey and C.J. talk about the blockbuster John Wall-Russell Westbrook trade.
Shocking NBA Trade Leaves D.C. Hoops Fans Conflicted by Christopher Johnson
The Washington Wizards have traded John Wall and a first round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for Superstar Guard Russel Westbrook. Rumors of this possible deal surfaced about a week ago and where there was smoke, there was fire. John Wall who hasn’t played since December 2018 due to injury was a fan favorite in D.C. despite the injuries and his max contract which many thought was among the worse contracts in the NBA.
Beyond the investment to Wall as the number one overall pick and a staple in the Washington community many fans were just eager to see the 30-year old point guard healthy for the first time in 2 seasons. Now Wall will get to pair with Superstar guard James Harden in Houston along with his college teammate Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins. The Wizards now bring in Russel Westbrook, who averaged 27 Points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists per game last season with Houston to pair with franchise player Bradley Beal’s impressive 30 points per game.
So who won the trade?
From a basketball perspective I think the trade is a rare win-win situation. John Wall although not a great shooter is more of a distributor than Russel Westbrook by nature. It was clear the Harden/Westbrook pairing wasn’t going to work with how ball dominant both players are and with Westbrook’s massive super-max contract it made finding a trade partner nearly impossible.
That brings me back to John Wall’s contract which again many considered awful and it gives both teams a chance to revitalize their star back courts. The Wizards have lethal shooters like Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans who can space the floor and give Westbrook wider lanes to attack. Bradley Beal has shown to be an effective and willing off ball player in a way Harden has not. I think after the emotional scars wear off that D.C. basketball fans will full realize they just got a big upgrade at the point guard position.
- Grade for the Rockets: A
- Grade for the Wizards: A
This was the only deal that made sense not only from a financial standpoint but a basketball standpoint but that won’t make it hurt any less for Wizards fans who are losing a beloved fan favorite who has been the face of the franchise since Gilbert Arenas.
Slidin’ Joe Biden by Christopher Johnson
Joe Biden is the weakest candidate in the field to beat Donald Trump despite what the polls and mainstream talking heads are telling you. I’m not exaggerating. I think Amy Klobuchar has a better chance of beating Donald Trump than Joe Biden at this point and anyone who is not getting a cushy six-figure salary can see why.
Not only is it the obvious cognitive decline described as “gaffes” by the media, but his polices and strategy are all straight out of the Hillary Clinton playbook. Running on Barak Obama’s legacy when it’s convenient, constantly forgetting names and facts, he talked about how he and Obama didn’t put children in cages which is false.
So he was either lying and thought the public didn’t know, or he forgot. Either one is problematic but if you listen to MSNBC it was just a lovable gaffe. During the last debate he went on an incoherent rant about “record players” when asked to defended some questionable comments on race relations. A recent video has surfaced about a long pointless story of Biden confronting a gangster at a pool named “Corn Pop.” Contrast this to Bernie Sanders going around the country holding town halls hearing peoples personal stories about their medical debt while pushing “medicare for all,” to end medical bankruptcy in America.
Biden’s campaign is an embarrassment and anyone promoting this narrative that he is the most “electable” candidate shouldn’t be working in politics. I would bet everything I own that if Joe Biden is the candidate Donald Trump wins by a landslide. It will be an “ass whooping” like we have never seen.
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This article was posted on 29 September 2019
Bernie vs. Warren: Impeachment by Christopher Johnson
The mainstream media is all in on Elizabeth Warren now and MSNBC has its lackeys saying if you support Sanders over Warren “Your sexism is showing.”🤦🏾♂️ The Democrats aka “Dems” are going to blow this again. Elizabeth Warren is Bernie Sanders “Lite” at best.
They are trying to build a false narrative that their policies are the same and Warren is taking all of the Bernie supporters in an effort to get him to drop out. Hmmm, I don’t hear them telling Kamala Harris or Mayor Pete to drop out even though they are polling lower than Bernie and even Andrew Yang.
While she is excellent when it comes to consumer protection and regulating Wall Street, Warren voted for Ben Carson for HUD, Trump’s absurd military budget, was silent on Standing Rock despite claiming to be Native American for years and endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie in 2016.
She is no slam dunk to beat Trump. Her technocratic style is also a concern, as detailed policy plans are not what Trump is going to be focusing on when savaging her on the debate stage.
Bernie Sanders is the Godfather of the progressive ideas every candidate is pretending to champion, including “Medicare for All.” Not Medicare for some, or Medicare advantage, or medicare “kind of sort of” but not really.
Warren has been a fierce advocate for Medicare for all until recently as she is now calling it a “framework” to Medicare for all. Warren said she is against taking big corporate money but also said she is willing to take on that same big money in the general election. Warren being a woman doesn’t make up for the fact her policies are lacking when compared to Bernie Sanders if your prioritize a progressive agenda. The era of identity politics is over.
People don’t support Bernie Sanders for his good looks or charming personality. It’s about his policy substance and voting record. The choice is clear for many progressives. You can have the watered down corporate friendly version of Bernie in Elizabeth Warren, or you can ride with the Original Gangster or “OG” who has been championing these issues since the Old Testament.
A Sanders/Warren ticket would have the firepower to defeat Donald Trump but anything short of that you are playing with fire. The Democrats have launched an official impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump but I don’t think it is gonna go the way they planned.
Impeachment sounds good but nobody is really thinking about where it is going to lead and of course Nancy Pelosi is already trying to fumble the ball and narrow the focus of the inquiry to the Ukraine phone call. The problems with narrowing the focus to that one instance of corruption from Trump are:
1. It also highlights the corruption of Joe Biden who had his son sitting on the board of a Ukrainian energy company with no experience making 50k a year.
2. It lets Trump off the hook for raking in tons of money from his business breaking the Emoluments Clause.
3. It lets Trump off the hook for taking in tons of money from Saudi Arabia and doing their bidding including aiding a genocide in Yemen and sending US troops to protect Saudi Oil fields. (America first?)
4. It muddies the waters and makes it seem like the Democrats are just trying to take down Trump for partisan reasons.
5. No Republican Senators have the “testicular fortitude” to stand up to Donald Trump and Impeachment won’t make it through the senate. Hence “Teflon Don” walks again and possibly gets a boost in the polls.
6. President Mike Pence may be even more dangerous than Donald Trump. So yes, I agree that Trump has done enough to be impeached, however, I don’t think Impeachment will rid Trump from office so I don’t see the upside politically from the Democrats.
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In the following video Chris talks politics, specifically, the 2020 Presidential election. He welcomes all comers to debate him. Take a look.
They are generations apart, but together they are a breath of fresh air. They’re also entertaining and the best new team in sports!
Harold Bell is the Godfather of Sports Talk radio and television in Washington, DC. Throughout the mid-sixties, seventies and eighties, Harold embarked upon a relatively new medium–-sports talk radio with classic interviews with sports celebrities, politicians and news makers of the day. The show and format became wildly popular. Harold has been an active force fighting for the rights of children for almost 50 years with the help of his wife Hattie through their charity Kids In Trouble, Inc. To learn more about Harold Bell visit his official web site. You can check out Harold’s work by clicking here.
Christopher Johnson also known as “C. J.” is the youngest columnist on this website. He started interviewing celebrities when he was 10-years old. Chris comments on sports, politics, current events and he writes movie reviews. In his spare time he is the Lead Guitarist for a band called The Courtland Experiment. Click here to visit his Archives Page to see more videos with Harold Bell and to read his commentaries and movie reviews. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Harold and Chris Talk Sports, Politics and More (January 27, 2019)
I’m going to start with the most important point. Yes, the government shutdown is Donald Trump’s fault. The shutdown has entered it’s 27th day, the longest in history. Border Patrol agents, Coast Guard members, TSA agents and thousands of other government workers have not and will not be paid until the shutdown is resolved. Security 101 states: “Pay your guards.” Also, if Trump cared about border security and building this wall, he would have done it in his first 2 years when he had a Republican House and Senate.
Blaming Congressional Democrats for not paying for his wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for, until they weren’t, is beyond ridiculous. Securing the border is a legitimate issue but the humanitarian crisis that the Trump administration is referring to is one they created by their Zero Tolerance policy at the border separating children from their families and locking them up. You don’t get to pour gas on a fire then demand someone give you their money to help put it out.
Trump is throwing a childish tantrum while demonstrating how out of touch he is with the American worker. He could care less about the federal workers he is holding hostage. He doesn’t understand the struggle of living paycheck to paycheck. He again demonstrates he has zero empathy for anyone not named Donald Trump. This isn’t about border security for Trump. It is about a political win to show his base going into 2020 that he kept his campaign promise.
Trump spent 2 years bathing in the swamp and cutting taxes for himself and his rich buddies. He has done nothing for the red hat wearing supporters that packed his rallies across the country during his campaign. “The Wall” would be enough to hold off the wolves on the right who are starting to realize that Trump is as fake as a 3.00 dollar bill. He did keep one campaign promise as the government remains shutdown. To run the country like one of his businesses. I hope America doesn’t become the next Trump Steaks.
The Democrats Don’t Get It by Christopher Johnson
January 18, 2019
The Democratic Party establishment has learned nothing from the debacle that was the 2016 election. I am no fan of Donald Trump but he isn’t some Russia super spy. That was not the main factor for the rise of Donald Trump. It was an excuse for the ineptitude of the Clinton campaign, not to mention how the DNC cheated Bernie Sanders out of the nomination, who in my opinion would have crushed Donald Trump in that election.
So how will the Democratic establishment get geared up to take on Trump in 2020? How about constantly attack and smear your most popular candidate. Between MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and other mainstream outlets, the consequences seems to be anyone but Bernie. He’s too old, or too white, or somehow sexist even though he has the most progressive voting record in the Senate. But somehow Joe Biden isn’t too old or white?
I wonder why the mainstream media loves Beto O’Rourke who lost a Senate race to Ted Cruz in Texas, and not Stacy Abrams or Andrew Gillum, two black candidates who lost similar races in Georgia and Florida by much closer margins. I’ve only seen negative coverage of more progressive candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbert and of course Bernie Sanders. These are the same games the Democrats played in 2016 and their aversion to moving away from corporate money is going to be the death of the party if not for a hostile takeover from insurgent candidates like Alexandra Ocasio Cortez (AOC)..
The Democrats need to become a part of the people again and offer a real alternative to the Republican Party instead of just being the diet Republican Party. Speaking of Ocasio Cortez, I saw Whoopi Goldberg on “The View,” again, wagging her finger at my generation telling us to stay off her lawn essentially. Telling AOC she needs to stop speaking out again other Democrats and sit and learn behind people like Diane Feinstein, one of the most corrupt corporate Democrats. That’s the point Whoopi! We aren’t here to continue this broken corrupt system. We are here to replace the old guard and take charge of our future.
This system of being beholden to corporate donors over your constituents is not something we want to learn. Maybe Whoopi can sit and learn something from us. We are the generation that is not rocking with the old ways that have given us a Trump presidency and government leaders that aren’t responsive to our will. Bernie started this political revolution but it’s not about identity politics with his movement. It’s about the policy ideas and substance. It doesn’t matter if he is a 248 year old white guy. Bernie is invited to the cookout because he is willing to stand up to those corporations that also fund the Democratic Party establishment, hence why they want anyone but Bernie.
If the Democrats sabotage Bernie’s campaign again or he just decides not to run, keep an eye out for Richard Ojeda from West Virginia. A former Republican and Trump voter, ex military and former teacher, Ojeda was a figurehead in the West Virginia teacher strikes and a passionate advocate to get money out of politics. He is extremely relatable and I would love to see him shred some of these spineless corporate Democrats on the debate stage. Richard OJ as we call him in the hood, is my dark horse to watch among the candidates I am sure mainstream media won’t be covering.
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Dwight Howard Allegedly Outed By Gay Ex-Boyfriend
November 25, 2018
Just when you thought things could not get worse for the Washington Wizards, think again. Wow! Center Dwight Howard finds himself in the “eye of the storm” with claims by Masin Elije who has brought forth some hard evidence to support her claim on her alleged former relationship with Howard. This comes in the form of a Direct Message or DM conversation Elije allegedly had with Howard, which the former shared on her Twitter feed.
In Elije’s post, she questions Howard’s openness with his sexual preference, and if the 32-year-old’s family and friends knew about his fondness for dating transgender women. I think I’ll stop there.
This story has blown up on Twitter and social media. For the latest information, just do a search for “Dwight Howard.”
The War For the Soul of the Democratic Party Heats Up by Christopher Johnson
Posted November 23, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the face of the future if the Democratic Party wants a future beyond losing. Progressive candidates who don’t take corporate money have pulled off stunning upsets around the country even without the support of their own parties in most cases. Whoopi Goldberg went on “The View” to chastise young progressives who want to improve the party saying we should sit back and learn from Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein.
Learn what? How to take big money from special interests and be beholden to them? Learn how to lose elections to Donald Trump?
We aren’t interested in learning how to lose or be corrupt. We want change. It’s not about identity politics. They accuse progressives of not wanting Pelosi to be Speaker of the House because she is too old. That is an absurd response seeing how most of the people who want her out are big Bernie Sanders supporters. Last time I checked Bernie wasn’t a young “whippersnapper.”
It’s not about age or gender. It’s about being on the right side of the issues like not voting for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Nancy Pelosi supported both wars. Pelosi is against medicare for all. That alone should be disqualifying, as healthcare is a key issue in the upcoming election. Anyone associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign should be fired from whatever position of power they hold. Think about it. Anyone who devised the strategy that lost to Donald Trump should not be working in politics. Your time has passed.
If Donald Trump is such a clown and a joke how did Hillary Clinton lose to him? Hillary always claims she lost due to racism and sexism. Hillary lost because she ran an awful campaign. She implemented a losing strategy of Neo-liberalism and her corrupt business deals were exposed to Wikileaks. Anytime Hillary speaks she damages the party.
Andrew Gillum was up in several polls but hurt himself by deflating his base. How did he betray his base when it looked like he was ready to slam dunk on Ron Desantis who is openly racist? He campaigned with Hillary and her stooge Debbie Wasserman Shultz. If there was any way to make me question your values as a Progressive then campaigning with Hillary Clinton is it. The bottom line is if the “Old Guard” continues to resist change and sabotage their popular up and coming Progressive candidates then they WILL lose in 2020. Bernie Sanders is still the best bet to crush Donald Trump in a landslide. Will the Democrats rig the process against him again if he runs?
The Redskins Deflate Fan Base on Thanksgiving by Christopher Johnson
Posted November 23, 2018
Being a Redskins fan is like being in an abusive relationship. No matter how much you love them they always find a way to let you down, time and time again and I think fans have hit a breaking point.
Even with the team tied for first place in the division there is little to no enthusiasm for the team’s chances this year. Players have gone on record talking about FedEx field and low attendance. Worse than just not showing up, fans will sell their season tickets to the opposing teams’ fans which eliminates the home field advantage for the Skins.
As someone whose family owned season tickets for over 50 years, I can personally attest to that. During big home games the fans could be 50/50. Why is this you ask? It’s not because Alex Smith broke his leg and is out for the season. It’s not for any football reason. It’s the culture. The Redskins, except for 3 or 4 seasons (mostly with Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs), have been terrible. The last Redskins Super Bowl was 1991. I was born in 1990. For about 25 of my 28 years of living, the Skins were a laughing stock.
When you lose so consistently it can really take the wind out of your sails, especially when it comes to exciting your fan base. Then came 2012 the year of Robert Griffin III, also known as RG3. It was the most exciting season I can ever remember as a Redskins fan. Fast forward 2 years and all of that hope was crushed following the mismanagement of RG3, which likely ruined his promising career. More recently instead of considering Colin Kaepernick to save their season after Alex Smith’s gruesome leg injury, they bring in “Butt Fumble” Mark Sanchez. What is a move like that saying to your fan base? Anyone with two working eyes knows that Mark Sanchez has been a bum for a long time – since his first couple of seasons with the Jets. These kinds of decisions have plagued the Redskins for years. Not to mention “Albert Haynesworth-less”, and the drama he caused. Then there was the team getting swindled into trading for an aging Donovan McNabb. Or how about spending big money on players like Brandon Lloyd or Adam Archuleta. I can go on for days.
How do we fix this? I would start fresh, and I don’t just mean fire the coach. Ideally, I would want Dan Snyder to sell the team, but since that won’t happen, I want to see the team and culture rebranded. Change the name. Change the logo. Renovate the stadium experience and make it better for fans. I know that Snyder said he will never change the name, but I think rebranding and getting rid of some of that negative energy surrounding the team would be welcome. It’s not being PC to stop offending a large group of people; it’s just decent. Just end the controversy and use it as an opportunity to sell a bunch of new merchandise. Change the name and logo to just move on from almost 30 years of disappointment.
I hate to say I told you so but…the talented Washington Wizards are sitting in 10th place in the “Lebron-less” Eastern Conference on the NBA. They are no closer to being contenders than they were 3 years ago, and nobody seems to be able to figure out why.
Then there is the “TMZ” level of drama swirling around the team. It seems the dysfunctional conundrum that is the Wizards is finally hitting its breaking point. Let’s review the list: In-fighting, leaks, line-up changes and trade rumors are all in full view thanks to this abysmal start.
The Wizards are giving up 117 points per game to opponents, second to last in the league and the team looks uninterested for long stretches of games. It’s not a talent problem, its effort and chemistry. Those things don’t get better by adding players like Dwight Howard and Austin Rivers who have a history of drama and baggage although this fire isn’t on them.
How did we get here? Bad contracts. Otto Porter is a nice dependable young player. Porter is well liked and a solid player. That being said, he should not have the 16th highest salary in the league in between Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. Let me say that again. Otto Porter has a higher salary for this season than players like Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and his All-Star teammate Bradley Beal. (Let that sink in for a minute).
That kind of max salary for a non-star player can devastate your franchise. Ask the Charlotte Hornets how they feel about giving Nicolas Batum $120+ million dollars. As bad as Otto Porter’s contract is, it is no where near as bad as Ian Mahinmi’s contract, which I think is the worst in the entire NBA. They gave a career back up center $64 million dollars over 4 years. Mahinmi averages 4 points and 3 rebounds per game when he can stay out of foul trouble long enough to even be on the floor. These types of contract have kept the Wizards in neutral because they don’t have attractive trade assets outside of their 2 All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal. It may be too late to blow-up the team and get the necessary young assets in return to rebuild. Apparently everyone is available so let’s see what Ernie Grunfeld can do to try and change the culture.
D.C. hoops fans deserve better.