He could grandstand, if he wanted to, but he doesn’t. He simply says thanks.Read More
”I don’t have a rivalry with Steph Curry,” the Cavaliers forward told reporters following Saturday’s All-Star practice session in New Orleans. , “There’s no way you can say, ‘Let’s talk about rivalries,’ and you say, ‘(Larry) Bird and Magic (Johnson). Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,’ and then say ‘LeBron and Steph.’”
Um, yeah . . .
I already linked to Chris Long’s brilliant takedown of someone telling him he must stand in solidarity with his dark-skinned teammates who are boycotting the visit to the U.S. White House, because of its current resident.
He is back at it, dealing this time with some folks now upset with him for his decision to not visit the White House with his teammates who are making the visit. And his responses to critics on Twitter are just as brilliant as his previous response. It’s best if you read it for yourself.
Doug Adler, a former professional tennis player and (now former) ESPN tennis announcer, was fired by ESPN because of an utterly innocuous, entirely appropriate, and commonly used term for describing delightfully aggressive tennis play.Read More
“I mean, I’m fine. Honestly,” Westbrook said. “Things happen in life, man. As a man, you’ve got to move forward. I have a great group of guys here that I love like my brothers. There’s been many a teammate that I had here before that left me, and they’re my brothers — that I still talk to do and that I don’t talk to. It’s not just Kevin. There’s many guys that come in and out of Oklahoma City that I (have) a relationship that maybe you guys don’t know about. Obviously with me and Kevin, it’s a bigger stage. It happens.”
Now, Dwayne Johnson, unlike Stephen Curry, doesn’t call Trump an ass. So his response is better than Curry’s in that respect. But isn’t the CEO inherently a spokesperson for the company itself at a deeper level than one of the celebrities that company sponsors? (You notice that’s a rhetorical question again, right?) Yet Dwayne Johnson speaks as if he has authority to speak on behalf of the entire company. He says he doesn’t, but then he does it anyway.Read More
t is ironic, don't you think, that the group continually pointing the finger of accusation has demonstrated more animosity than the other side? I have friends who voted for Obama twice. Some of them regret it; some would do it again if given the chance. I have friends who voted for Hillary Clinton, and I have friends who voted for Donald Trump. (I voted for neither.) As a relatively impartial observer, I can tell you that it is not the ones in my experience who voted for Trump who show the most animosity, disdain, and outright rudeness. That award goes to his opponents. I love to criticize Trump, in part because he is sometimes an ass. But frankly, so is Hillary and so is the most beloved Obama.Read More
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry defended a controversial comment he made on Wednesday about President Trump, CBS San Francisco reports.
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Curry was asked about comments made by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank in support of President Trump, calling him an asset for the nation. Curry has a lucrative endorsement deal with the sports shoe and apparel company and is very much the public face of the company.
“I agree with that description,” Curry told the newspaper, “if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
Chuck Modiano, a writer for the New York Daily News, wrote an open letter to Chris Long, a player for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. It’s an offensive letter in all the worst ways. It’s whiny. It’s insulting. It’s coercive. It’s manipulative. It’s logically fallacious. It’s inconsistent. It’s hypocritical. It’s smug. It’s anti–free-speech. It’s classic guilt-trip bullying. Chris Long’s response, on the other hand, is simply classic.
And Vincent Frank, writing for Sportsnaut.com, has a refreshing take on the entire question of sports stars standing up for what they believe, including—at times—avoiding a celebratory trip to the White House because of the current occupant of said house.
Whether someone chooses to go to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory—or chooses to not go—is a matter of personal conviction (or at least it should be). Let’s not make out to be more than it is, whether we agree or disagree with someone’s choice.
No comment needed, right? Follow this link to see the Crockett article. Crockett claimed that his article was satire. That defies the definition of satire. It may have had some humor; but humor and satire are not mutually inclusive. Sorry, dude.
If you read this paragraph and say, “Popovich is absolutely right,” then chances are you won’t ever be convinced otherwise. Likewise, if you read this paragraph and say, “Popovich is missing the facts and overreacting,” his speaking out won’t do a bit of good in convincing you. I wish people like him would stop using up entertainment time to speak their minds about politics and issues. I don’t tune in to hear their opinions about Donald Trump. I tune in to watch basketball (or whatever other sport or entertainment event I may be watching at the time) and to hear Pop talk about basketball. He’s great at basketball, and he should stick to basketball. Regardless of whether I agree with him, I’m not paying him for his opinion on anything but basketball. Chance are, until the current inauguration is long past, I won’t be tuning in to watch my preferred San Antonio Spurs playing—because I don’t want to hear Pop popping off about whatever is on Twitter or the front page about Trump and the people who disagree with Pop himself.
Doug Adler, commentating on the African-American 13th seed’s second-round match against Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele on Wednesday, provoked outrage on social media when he was taken to have described Williams charging ‘like a gorilla.’ Adler, a former tennis professional, said he had said ‘guerrilla.’
UPDATE (2017-02-15 12:11 p.m.): Doug Adler has sued ESPN for wrongful termination of employment. Reported here at WitGlass in the categories of “good for you, @DougAdlerTennis” and “I hope you beat @ESPN (because you should)”.