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Site News and Hump Day Links

Updated: August 19, 2009

First the site news …

As the reach of Truth About grows, especially since joining ESPN’s True Hoop Network in June, it’s becoming more important to expand coverage to include more diverse perspectives other than my own.

Well, I’m here today to announce that TAI has made a very welcome addition to the roster. I’ll let him introduce himself ….

My name is Sujoy Paul (yeah, I know it’s a backwards name), but you may know me as @docfunk on twitter. There are a few things you should know about me. I like sunsets, long walks on the beach, and Wizards basketball. Often simultaneously. When I’m not being pessimistic about the Wizards, Nationals, or Hokies, I can be found hating things you like on my personal blog, Brain On Funk []. I’m a lot nicer in person. Unless it’s after a Wizards game…
I look forward to contributing to the well oiled machine that Kyle has built here at I’m told he hasn’t had a vacation in 2 years. I promise not to touch anything. I’ll be like Javaris Crittenton. The best thing you, the reader, can do to help me is to leave descriptive comments and check back regularly.

Thanks again for the opportunity!

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming….

I’m more than glad to have DocFunk on board, and you should be too. Look for a great post coming from him soon and more goodness in the future.


More On Haywood

One thing that should be cleared up is that Marbury wasn’t actually dancing to the ‘Barbie Girl’ song (it was dubbed over …. which is why it sounds suspicious when you watch the video). One blog points out that Marbury was really dancing to a Drake song. Others say it was to ‘Diamond Girl’ by Ryan Leslie.

Whether any of this matters is for you to decide … just wanted to get the correct fact out there that Marbury’s dancing was dubbed over.

What Wasn’t Heard

Most probably didn’t listen to Haywood’s actual radio appearance, opting to read the transcribed account on instead. Here’s something you might have missed.

Haywood on smack/trash talk from fans:

“There’s not another job out there where you can berate the person there and get away with it. And people say, well, it’s alright because athletes make a lot of money, they just have to deal with it But…. It doesn’t happen in any other high paying jobs. I bet nobody wasn’t cursing at Will Smith on the set of Seven Pounds!

The way Haywood said that last sentence is worthy of the bold and exclamation point BTW. The radio DJ went on to mention the nasty emails they get … so is the “high paying job” the difference?

Other Opinions

(not cited in my previous post about Haywood):

He’s never dealt with the type of stigma that gay athletes (and frankly, any gay person) has to face in a pretty intolerant world.  He’s possibly never had a friend who has come out and explained all that stuff to him.  For him to suddenly chime in publicly on a topic of which he probably knows little about is a problem.  You wouldn’t put yourself out there with a controversial view on a topic you don’t understand either.

[Mike Prada – Bullets Forever]

Ignorance, especially when insulated from the enlightened perspectives of the mainstream, breeds ignorant perspectives. Not exactly an earth-shattering revelation, but likewise, it’s not something that should provoke the sort of sensationalist, self-congratulatory journalistic floatsam that makes example of an ignorant athlete riffing on a radio show, all for the sake of proving to the world that you know better.

[The Ham Sandwich]

Privilege? Privilege? We Talkin’ Bout Privilege [ticktock6, Hornets Hype]

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Oh, and don’t forget to go to and vote for which dunker from the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown will head to the 2010 NBA All-Star game. The showdown happened here in DC in late June during the National Capital Barbecue Battle … Willie Barnes aka ‘Flyte’ won.

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Kyle Weidie
Founder / Editor / Reporter / Writer at TAI
Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.