Edge of Sports: Leave Josh Alone
Old 09-25-2008, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
convinced that Raptors fans are only happy when they're unhappy.

Retired Administrator
Dr. J. Naismith's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Almonte
Posts: 12,770
Edge of Sports: Leave Josh Alone

This is great read from Dave Zirin regarding Josh Howard and the harsh criticism he's had to encounter over the last number of years.

Here's a little snip it of the piece, but click the link at the bottom to read the whole thing.

Originally Posted by Edge of Sports
Well, count me out. Count me out as someone who will pile on Josh Howard. Howard is someone who said, during his 2004 senior year at Wake Forest University, that the war in Iraq "was all about oil." He then saw his draft stock plummet to the point where he was picked after no-talents like Reece Gaines and Ndudi Ebe. I saw one scout even call Howard a risky pick saying that "Anti-war views may reflect rumored erratic behavior." Count me out as someone who thinks anti war views are erratic.

Count me out of the fraternity of sports writers who under a kabuki pantomime of liberalism will "defend Howard's right to say what he wants" and then crush him for opening his mouth. Take J.A. Adande of ESPN.com. He starts his anti-Howard piece by writing, "What makes America the best country on the planet is that you are free to stand or sit for the national anthem, to sing along or to yell in anger at the government as much as you want without getting tossed in jail for your political beliefs." What claptrap. Someone needs to send Adande a copy of the Patriot Act. Or maybe he could ask the people who attempted to exercise their Constitutional rights to “yell in anger” at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN, only to be subject to "pre-emptive" raids and prison. Maybe he could ask the journalists who were beaten and arrested by police for attempting to report on it.

But then Adande continues:

"Howard, the Dallas Mavericks forward coming off a year in which he publicly admitted his penchant for smoking marijuana and defiantly partied away during the NBA playoffs, has a termite-ridden soapbox."

Yes, Howard admitted that he is an NBA player who smokes weed. Stop the presses. He also celebrated his own birthday after a playoff game. Adande must think it's a slippery slope: weed, birthday parties, treason. If Howard’s soapbox is “termite-ridden” then Adande’s argument is a house of cards.

This garbage is exactly why it's so hard to get athletes to open up about what they think. Reporters are seen as there to mock any ideas they have beyond "Drink Gatorade… and play one game at a time." Count me out of this smirking and all-too-racist game of journalistic gotcha.
Source - Click here
Dr. J. Naismith is offline   Boss Key Wife Key
Old 09-25-2008, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)

Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 5,356

i really don't care what nba players do or say because they're just regular people with basketball talent. they're not political figures, brain surgeons, or lawyers. they shouldn't be confused for people you should probably listen to when they have something to say unless it's basketball related.

howard's comments were stupid, but who really cares? he's a good basketball player, thats what he's there for. he's not there for an opinion on anything, so why ask him about questions on iraq? what's to gain? i find journalist/media/writer types rather pathetic, especially the types that intervene and judge.
dfunkie1 is offline   Boss Key Wife Key
Old 09-26-2008, 12:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
is pounding the rock!

Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 755

Agree with Funkie.
rapsfan087 is offline   Boss Key Wife Key

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shaq Driven "Over the Edge" by Trade to Cleveland Cavaliers TOAO NBA Talk 11 06-29-2009 01:31 AM
ESPN: Seven Subs -Interim Coaches On Edge Dr. J. Naismith Toronto Raptors 9 04-03-2009 07:57 PM
I KNOW Bosh won't leave...Here's how.... Renihan_00 Toronto Raptors 26 03-11-2009 04:34 PM
Mirror's Edge - Check out this gameplay footage lang Entertainment Lounge 4 10-24-2008 04:33 PM
Blazer's Edge: Raptors A Treadmill Team Dr. J. Naismith Toronto Raptors 13 09-25-2008 06:43 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright RaptorsForum.com 2005-2011

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24