I appreciate Bob Young's position and have the ultimate respect for him.
That said, I am not interested in having yet another entity feel that they have the right to dictate our business strategy. Like it or not, we speak to a large and active demographic and they love our attitude.
This morning I offered Bob an opportunity to have us remove the confederate flag:
Receiver Chris Williams is a customer of Hillbilly Heaven and clear NFL talent with a young family to support - he is in the final year of his contract and has requested his release so he can pursue a position in the
NFL. With a ten-fold income increase, Chris would be able to ensure a bright future for his family.
If the Tiger-Cats were to release Chris Williams by 5:00pm today, I would take down the flag.
For those who view the flag as a restriction of freedom (slavery), I would think that they would find this an acceptable solution. Free Chris Williams and let him and his family benefit from his talent.
At 5:15, Chris is still a member of the Tiger-Cats, struggling to support his young family
Bob Young's Letter to Cameron Bailey:
March 8, 2013
Cameron Bailey Hillbilly Heaven
202 King Street East
As the Caretaker of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats I get to take part in a lot of fun behind-the-scenes football stuff. However, because we employ a lot of smart football operations people, I don’t get the opportunity to be a part of one of the most exciting aspects of this business – the ability to make trades. So, it’s with great enthusiasm that I propose the first trade of my Ticats career to you.
Accompanying this letter are the official flags of the State of North Carolina and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I’d like to trade you these flags in exchange for “future considerations.” (These considerations would see you discontinue the use of the Confederate battle flag for the foreseeable future).
Let me be clear: I love Hillbillies. I like everything about them. When I first moved to North Carolina my wife accused me of making her and my daughters do a "reverse Beverly Hillbillies" by moving from the big city to the hills of North Carolina. She was right, and wrong. From pulled pork (the best in the US by the way) to huntin' turkeys, I've enjoyed everything about living in a modern Southern state for the last 16 years. On the other hand, I have also been a part of teams that have led, and are still leading the technology world, based out of Research Triangle Park here in North Carolina.
The 21st century South is a community much like those of any modern society in the world today, where we embrace all of our fellow citizens as our equals. The old attitudes and beliefs relating to race as symbolized by the battle flag are now part of our distant past. We would like to see these consigned exclusively to museums, and graveyards of fallen Southern civil war soldiers.
As a fellow entrepreneur, Hamiltonian, and Tiger-Cat fan, please accept the flag of the Great State of North Carolina as a much more appropriate symbol of all the positive things you are trying to say with your celebration of all things "Hillbilly.”
Bob Young Caretaker, Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club.