Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What the Hell?

I'm sorry, but this makes me wish I wasn't a Bulls fan. Fining a 19-year-old kid for not showing enthusiasm about a ridiculous, utterly meaningless contest? The Players' Association better fight this tooth-and-nail, because last I checked, the First Amendment still applies to NBA players. Who would even want to play for a team that attempts this ludicrous, wanna-be-plantation-owner bullshit? Fuck Pax and fuck the Bulls for even trying this garbage. I hope they get killed in the media.

UPDATE: And another thing: Pax actually has the cojones to say that Tyrus' remarks are "a poor reflection on the Bulls organization." If you're worried about "reflections," why don't you look in the mirror, you finger-wagging, moralizing, totalitarian prick? Again, a hundred times: Fuck you.


Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...


Scott Skiles uses more tact when ripping the ASG, but what Tyrus said isn't a world apart.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

with the exception of the plantation stuuf.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

um, yeah, I don't think this is really a first amendment issue, Captain America.....

This is more in line with the league fining players that criticize officials. It's the league's event, whether it's meaningless (and it is) or not.

Anyway I don't think a fine was necessary, but maybe that's the only public display of admonishment they can do. I do wonder if any other team would bother though...the Spurs probably would.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

to clarify even more, my "word" statement was in agreement with your Salisbury-esque passion.

9:25 PM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

But the league didn't fine Ty. The Bulls did.

And it's the fact that it's a public display that sends me around the bend. If Pax had pulled him aside and told him privately, hey man, it's an honor, try to show a little more enthusiasm, what you said played a little salty in the media, etc., that would be one thing. But to do it in public sends a message to all of the Bulls' players: Watch what you say, and act grateful for whatever you get.

Those might be good lessons--I'd argue they aren't, but I suppose the conventional wisdom would disagree--but Ty has a right to respond to the invitation however he wants. Hell, he didn't even criticize the event, he was just honest that his main motivation for taking part in it was the cash. To fine him for that is fucked, pure and simple.

As for the plantation stuff, it probably was over-the-top, but I'd say the mindset is, if not exact, then similar: Know your place, boy, and don't get uppity. It's 2007--it's time we started recognizing people's autonomy. We may disagree with how they assert it, but punishing them for doing so raises my bile.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Big Sweet said...

I don't blame you for your anger, BenGo. To fine a kid who speaks his mind about a silly all-star event is crossing the line, even if you don't agree with his assesment. I was in the Bulls corner with the headband thing, but this seems pretty extreme. Why does everyone feel the need to air their dirty laundry in public?

12:21 AM  

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