Karl Malone Tells Feds to Shove It, Helps 115 Katrina Victims

Karl Malone is my hero. He and I both agree that what is needed now are more bodies on the ground and not more money. Everything Karl Malone says in this article is 100% backed up by my experiences volunteering in the Katrina devestation zone. Sports by Brooks (hat tip: FARK):

"I wasn't going to just write a check, and I didn't want to go to New Orleans where all the celebrities were going (to grandstand). I wanted to go where no one was, and that's why we went to Pascagoula.

"We took six million dollars of equipment and most of the guys from my company (Malone Properties). But when we got there, they (federal officials) told us that because we wanted to work for free, we had to go home. That we needed a government ID number or a contract to haul out debris.

"I said to them, 'bullsh--', we took 30 pieces of equipment and traveled nine hours and we're going to clean up some lots before we leave. So I told them 'I'm getting on my truck, now try to get me off.' I had my security guys there and they tried to stop us but they couldn't - and we cleared 115 houses.

"Then they started to help us ... we had 46 trucks trying to keep up with us. I can't describe the scene. People were fighting over a pile of garbage."

After the experience, Malone now has a clear view of the quickest way to rebuild the storm-ravaged area: "The government has it all wrong. They need to stop trying to patch every house. It's time to start over. And people need to stop sending money. Send equipment and operators to move the debris out so they can rebuild."

Malone ought to be given a World Championship ring for his efforts. Now if we could only get John Stockton down there......

Posted by: Rusty at 09:30 AM


1 Hey, it's good to hear something positive like that. We hear enough about the "stars" that give money.

Posted by: thirdee at November 11, 2005 10:11 AM

2 The same was true in NOLA. No boats rescueing people without a contract!

Posted by: Bullshark at November 11, 2005 11:03 AM

3 It sounds like that as usual, when the government gets involved the nepotism and cronyism kicks in and fat contracts that benefit the friends, families, and political contributors or elected officials and bureaucrats are protected, no matter the harm done. Our governments, from municipal to Federal and back down again, are corrupt to the core, and must be reformed. How can out government preach justice to the rest of the world, when they themselves are rotten to the core?

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at November 11, 2005 11:46 AM

4 Wow. What a guy. Far cry from Kanye West, eh?

Posted by: Oyster at November 11, 2005 12:03 PM

5 The lesson I get from this is that the Gubbmint's knee-jerk reaction is regulatory and bureaucratic - obstructionism is innate, and gets in the way of actually doing something, anything. That regulatory and bureaucratic first-response is also the alimentary canal that feeds corruption.

Posted by: -keith in mtn. view at November 11, 2005 12:18 PM

6 Classy guy, that Malone! Good for him!

Posted by: Lonevoice at November 11, 2005 12:29 PM

7 God Bless Karl. Now that is a good man. I may have to start stalking him.

Posted by: Filthy Allah at November 11, 2005 12:46 PM

8 Stockton is from Spokane, and his dad runs a bar called Jack and Dan's. It is very close to the Gonzaga campus. He and his family have done great work, but it has passed under the Radar. I think the Mail Mail was perfect since once again he delivered. What we really need is to send Dennis Rodman to the French Quarter. Then the world will know it is truely back in buisness.

Posted by: Cmunkey72000 at November 11, 2005 09:39 PM

9 I wish more people were like Karl and would just tell the government and their stupid regulations and impotent FEMA to shove it. That is why there are people about to be kicked out of their hotels and temporary shelters (and right before the holidays) and yet FEMA and the federal government haven't done one thing to help them yet. I know there are a lot that need help, but Fema needs to get their heads out of their bums and just get it done, or we need to stand up and unite to help those people out ourselves. One other thing, there is nothing wrong with those celebrities going down there. A lot of time, people are more apt to listen and help if a celebrity lends their name and money to a cause. Look at Harry Connick Jr. He's from New Orleans and he was down there working his butt off until he was ill trying to make a difference. A lot of celebrities like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are from Mississipi and Louisiana and they are helping out how they can. Their hearts are broken at what happened too! You make a difference however you can... If people really want to help out, join Habitat for Humanity or the American Red Cross. I have seen volunteers from all over America from these two organizations down here, sleeping on cots, giving up their salary at their paying jobs to help people out. If you want to make a difference please join these two organizations and support them.

Posted by: Lisa S at November 19, 2005 02:58 PM

10 Karl you have a big heart ,I always thought you was a great person who is down to earth you seem like a good old country boy, I really miss watching you play basketball you were a part of my life for years from my tv,if you ever need someone to talk to or hang out with or fish or hunt with let me know ,

Posted by: Jack D Newton at November 23, 2005 04:50 AM

11 jackdnewton@hotmail.com, parker , colorado GO BRONCOS!!

Posted by: Jack D Newton at November 23, 2005 04:53 AM

12 The first thoughts through my head after Katrina hit were, "I bet Karl Malone is going to help in a big way." Knowing that he is a Louisiana native, I felt it was inevitable that he would do everything in his power to assist the people affected by this disaster. After reading of his efforts, I was filled with even more pride for being a Karl Malone fan for the last 14 years.(since I was in 3rd grade) Every night he stepped onto the court he proved he had a lot of heart; now he has proved he has a GREAT heart. Thank you Karl! Although it's hard not to see you playing this season, it's good to see you're still delivering.

Posted by: Carrie H. at November 28, 2005 09:55 AM

13 My house was badly damaged by Katrina and I believe that my house should not be patched it should be torn down and rebuilt. What Karl Malone did was great. The cost to demolish a house is a hardship.

Posted by: Shelina Tina Gethers at December 07, 2005 10:47 AM

14 God bless you and I pray that we all may learn from your willingness to help others.

Posted by: Slanted Brush at December 07, 2005 05:05 PM

15 I just read about Mr Malones work by reading about it in Marvel's Black Panther Comic. He's a good man and Black Panther's a good read. enjoy!

Posted by: Jason Mueller at March 15, 2006 03:46 PM

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