November 11, 2005
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.Malone ought to be given a World Championship ring for his efforts. Now if we could only get John Stockton down there......
"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."