I need to get something off my chest (call it a rant) in regards to an announcement made by Lee Thompson last week. Lee WAS the NPC Chairman of the state of Texas and arguably the most successful NPC branch in the organization.
Lee announced that he would be making a clean break from the NPC in an effort to launch his own Federation-NPC Global.
He stated that his purpose for relinquishing his post as the presiding officer of the NPC of Texas was due in part to a conflict between him and the NPC leaders regarding the direction of our sport. Which seems to have included how athletes should be compensated for their efforts.
In fact, his entire video message had one overarching theme that promoted the importance of the athletes receiving just compensation for their likeness and participation. Lee also added that the focus no longer should be about the promoters but rather on the athlete’s overall well-being.
It was a great message in theory but in truth it was painfully insincere. At least that’s how I see it.
What You Do Speaks So Loudly I Can’t Hear What You Say!
You see I believe that what you do speaks louder than what you have to say, and Lee’s words simply do not line up with his actions.
Lee’s soapbox announcement (see video above) was strategically executed during the week of the Olympia our Super Bowl event.
And in my opinion, the week leading up to the Olympia is a time for athletes and fans alike to celebrate and revere the accomplishments of the select few athletes who reached the pinnacle of our sport. NOT for a promoter to deflect the show’s attention to ascend their personal and business agenda!
In short, Lee attempted to hijack the attention from the Olympia and Olympia Athletes, where it rightfully should have been, and place it on himself!
Some would say that Lee’s strategy is great marketing and public relations(PR), and frankly I would agree with that point if his message and actions were congruent!
But they are not!
You see when your PR message is about lifting up and caring for the athletes then why cast a shadow of drama over the most important event many of these athletes will ever experience? Why steal their moment to shine in an effort to promote your personal and business agenda?
These athletes have worked their butts off to reach the pinnacle of our sport only to have to take a back seat to another promoter planning their next big money grab!
Look I have no issues with Lee trying to make a living by leveraging his business vision. But in the process show some respect to the people, athletes and organizations that help you get to a place in your career where you can take that next step.
It’s okay to disagree with the NPC on the direction of the sport, and if you want to promote a vision that you feel will serve the greater good then more power to you! After all capitalism is all about building a better mousetrap, competing and then allowing the marketplace decide who’s better.
But do it with a level of class and integrity!
Extend some respect and gratitude to an organization that for over 16 years provided you with the platform to build your brand and authority. The REAL NPC!
It’s real simple for me. When you spin off the name of your old employer (NPC VS NPC Global). And steal a once in a lifetime moment from the very athletes you intend to protect, well that in my world does not add up. No matter how many slick videos you produce!
I Bleed NPC and Rock The IFBB! 🙂
As for me, I cut my teeth in the NPC and today proudly call myself an IFBB PRO. I owe a lot to both of these organizations for extending me the opportunity to not only do something I love but to also make my living through it as well. And for that I say thank you to all the people that have helped and encourage me along the way.