I don’t know about you but I prefer my sports dramas to be played out on the field of play between the two opposing teams. Most certainly not in the sport’s pages of the national newspapers or for that matter via the television broadcast networks. And when it happens to be matter where it involves a subordinate and employer then I’d certainly to think that the employee in question is truthful and respectful enough of their boss. We’ve seen the stupidity of Texas Tech’s Mike Leach ! And for ingrates and idiots out there who think that this is merely about a player being scorned because he wasn’t getting enough playing time then think again. As it clearly doesn’t follow with the edict handed down to Leach by the school’s President, Guy Bailey and Athletics Director, Gerald Myers . Mike Leach clearly thought he was above the rules or requests of his superiors. So in essence , good riddance to an as-hole who doesn’t acquiesce to authority when they’re asked to cease desist with a course of action ! What’s so difficult to understand about that to begin with ? It’s obvious that the law degree obtained from Pepperdine University and Leach’s perceived intelligence don’t at all go hand in hand.
A fellow blogger and someone whose views on sports I certainly do respect , stated that the image of the NBA is squeaky clean. And he suggests that this is down to the custodianship of the NBA by its commissioner, David Stern. While I’ll admit that the NBA has an image to uphold but it has never been one that is ‘ squeaky clean’ as my friend and fellow blogger, sportschump(Chris Humpherys) puts it. The NBA has never had and never will have a squeaky clean image ! What it does have is a commissioner who’s the consummate businessman and someone who knows that in order to keep its corporate patrons happy , especially those with that Fortune 500 company motif as its modus operandi. Then any vestiges of bad PR has to be dealt with in a very succinct and authoritative manner. And that is something that David Stern has grown accustomed to doing over a the course of his tenure as the NBA commissioner. However, what sportschump failed to acknowledge, is that when the sport’s greatest icon and player is known user of marijuana and his actions concerning the wagering large sums of money not only in Vegas but other gaming establishments up and down the country , goes without any sign rebuke. That would suggest to me that the image that Chris (sportschump) alludes to, is nothing but a myth.
For years it was common knowledge that Michael Jordan’s image and his actions were that of two completely different people. One for corporate America and the NBA , and the other to do with as he pleases , in what he thought would be, be behind closed doors. His philandering notwithstanding, Jordan has gotten off a great deal luckier than that of his pal and golfing buddy , Tiger Woods. And for Woods the past 6 weeks, has been one filled with a great deal of drama , a litany of accusations and no doubt lies . Some of which can be substantiated and others which are just put out there ,merely for the salaciousness of it all.
In light of it all and given the game’s history prior to the Jordan era, in which I’m sure that there was a great deal of undesirable things going on. It was just that in that particular era and earlier , the internet wasn’t about , nor was there that 24 hour constant news cycle of journalists looking for the next big story, be it on the game itself or something seedier that was happening behind the scenes of the game. Prior to the NBA being racially integrated, would anyone suggest that its image was squeaky clean ? I beg to differ if you do ! But that’s a discussion for another time and blog subject. Of which I’m sure some of you out there would no doubt like to address. I’m wondering whether or not Chris might have been aware as to the multitude of racial epithets that Bill Russell first had to endure as a player for the Boston Celtics ? Especially when some of those racially insensitive attacks came from opposing players. So much for that squeaky clean image , yeah ?
As NBA commissioner , I find that David Stern picks and chooses his battles wisely, the ones he want to win then he’ll make a full court press and interject and then stamp himself all over the scene. And along the way in doing so , he just happens to garner all of the attention and the glare of the spotlight. David Stern’s stars shines just as brightly as some of today’s biggest stars in the NBA, such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade/”> . The only things separating Stern from those players , is his ethnicity , they play the game of basketball immeasurably better than he does and the fact that they’re paid a hell of lot more also, in terms of an annual salary. But at this juncture , Stern would would still have to go a long way before he caught up to his counterpart in MLB, Bud Selig. Baseball’s commissioner pulled down in excess of $17.5 million for 2008 and is line to get substantially more for 2009. As to 2010 , if the figures are out in 2011 , then they will be known to the public.
Stern and his counterpart within the NBPA (Players’ Union), Executive Director Billy Hunter, have been more adversarial ,rather than two individuals seeking common ground on a wide variety of issues. And much of this comes down to the mistrust that the union has of the game’s hierarchy and Stern’s autocratic rule, that almost borders on being dictatorial . I’m not saying that Stern rules the NBA with a rod of iron. But the likes of Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong-Il, Fidel Castro and Than Shwe of Myanmar (Burma) , are known to be keen admirers of his and the way he conducts business. When you’ve got those type of guys as admirers, then who needs enemies ? Certainly not David Stern but yet he’s got a few.
Well if any of you out there are ardent followers of the NBA and the complexities of its games. Then you’ll no doubt be just as surprised to read if not hear about the altercation that took place between Washington Wizards’ teammates , Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton. The two are alleged to have drawn weapons (semi-automatic handguns) on each other in the team locker room. This was said all to have been all over an unpaid gambling debt that Arenas owed his teammate, Jarvis Crittendon. Pardon me for saying this but what happened to just throwin’ down with your fists ? But I guess this is how all the best pus_ies in the NBA do it , in order to show off their masculinity and manhood ? I’d hate to see how these two would go about dealing with a spouse or girlfriend during a rather innocuous discussion ? Perhaps both Arenas and Crittendon could give us pointers on how they’d resolve something that trivial ? Sexual assault and battery perhaps ?
Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports
By Joseph White AP Sports Writer
Washington (AP)—Gilbert Arenas admits he used “bad judgment” in bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. He also denied on Saturday that he gambles and said there are misconceptions in the various stories about a dispute between himself and teammate Javaris Crittenton.
As for the rest, he said he’ll tell it to authorities on Monday.
Arenas spoke following the 97-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. His remarks came after two days of reports about the investigation into the guns he kept at the Verizon Center—and about an hour after the family of late Wizards owner Abe Pollin said it was “extremely poor judgment” that the guns were there in the first place
“I agree,” Arenas said. “That’s bad judgment on my part to store them in here, and I take responsibility for that.”
Arenas skirted other questions about the matter. Two officials within the league who have been briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Saturday that it involves a dispute over card-playing gambling debts and a heated discussion in the locker room. Neither official was told of Arenas and Crittenton actually drawing guns on each other—as the New York Post has reported.
Both officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
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This interesting thing , is that since all of this has happened, the league’s front office as well have that of Washington Wizards have remained ominously silent on the matter. I guess that this particular act of violence , as it didn’t feature the loss of life there’s not really much to worry about. But that in of itself and the resultant silence has been utterly mind boggling. Whether or not an investigation is being done internally, either by the NBA or the Wizards’ front office. A formal statement should have been forthcoming from someone, anyone for that matter. But no doubt Stern will soon see fit to interject himself into the matter , as he sees fit and make as press statement in front of the watchful eyes of the NBA fans and public alike. It’s what David Stern does and loves best and that’s to garner the limelight for himself and then thinking that he’s doing so in the best interests of the game.
The old adage that image is everything isn’t lost on Stern but at the same time it appears that he yearns for incidents such as this before he’ll do anything proactive in stopping these types of actions by his players. Repeatedly we’ve heard of players traveling around in their own personal vehicles with unlicensed handguns, boarding flights with them but now taking them to the game in the midst of where the public is present. Why is that neither player hasn’t been suspended pending an investigation ?
Surely the league and its players had to have learned something from the asinine behavior and judgement shown by Plaxico Burress ? That idiot has become the ‘poster child’ as to the reason why it’s necessary to keep guns out of the hands of those who have no use for them ! Unfortunately for us, Burress missed his femoral artery when he allegedly, accidentally discharged his unlicensed weapon in a New York City nightclub. The dumber are just simply getting dumber by the minute and that now includes the triumvirate of Arenas , Burress and Crittendon. Anyone want to make a wager on which NBA player will be next ? Don’t forget now , that the Cavaliers’ Delonte’ West has the mindset where he believes it appropriate to drive around with a loaded cache of weapons in his vehicle. Never mind the fact that he’s done so on numerous occasions with his children in tow.
Well that’s it for me and my sport’s drama preferences. As you all no doubt have your own preferences on that score , which of the field incident has left you wondering what the hell is going on in the wide world of sport ? It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic , as it can be comedic but yet in your eyes at the time it made you sit up think and take note. I’ll look forward to and responding to to your comments in due time. Thanks once again and a belated Happy New Year to you all !