I thought this was hillarious.
Ty Lawson is not enjoying his European stay - CBSSports.com
It started innocently enough. Ty Lawson is whiling away the hours, conferin' with the flowers in Lithuania during the NBA lockout with a team called BC Zalgiris. But Lawson started tweeting on Tuesday that things aren't going swimmingly with the club.
I coulda sat home and played NBA 2k12 and got the same thing accomplished that we did in practice smh
via Ty Lawson (tylawson3) on Twitter.
OK, well, that's not a very nice thing to say about your coach/team, but no big deal. Except Lithuanian fans on Twitter didn't take too kindly to it. And things got personal. Quickly. Especially after Lawson said:
A lot of wack things happening
via Twitter / @TyLawson3: A lot of wack things happe ....
And then after a response from a particularly abusive fan of the team, saying he is "complaining:"
@pranas_balsys I would slap the shyt outta u if I seen u in person... I play hard every game
via Twitter / @TyLawson3: @pranas_balsys I would sla ....
Well, now. That's not very nice on either side's part.
Lawson then said he had "said what he had to say" and that he was done... but then the tweets kept a comin' from both sides.
funny thing.... i see all these lithuanian ppl starting to follow me..here comes the hate tweets.... in 3...2..1 lol..
via Twitter / @TyLawson3: funny thing.... i see all ....
And then it got worse. The replies to Lawson took on a decidedly racist turn. Which is always fun. And predictable. And sad.
this ridiculous... didnt kno racism still existed... might have to pack my bags
via Twitter / @TyLawson3: this ridiculous... didnt k ....
Ha, just kidding, he says!
lol..i aint gonna pack my bags.. life in a another country is crazy as u can tell... im a tough dude..aint gonna run away from a situation
via Twitter / @TyLawson3: lol..i aint gonna pack my ....
And finally, possibly my favorite tweet in all the world:
they call me chico baby.... if u gonna be racist dont forget about my mexican side
via Twitter / @TyLawson3: they call me chico baby... ....
Now that, friends, is how you troll the fanbase of your own team.
Lawson's facing abusive fans, but he would be facing abusive fans anywhere, including Denver, if he or the team struggled. One of the problems is that the players who are overseas aren't really committed to it. They know they're only there till the lockout ends. This isn't a career move, it's a part-time gig. That affects your outlook and the level of hassle you're willing to deal with. Like everything else with the lockout, it's complicated.
Complaining about practice on twitter?
Offering to "slap the shyt outta" your team's fan?
'Slightly' over the line imo.
Even if the fan says that you are out of shape or don't play hard or to "get the f out".
If i understand correctly, some tweets were also racist, but I can't be bothered to read them all... There are hundreds.