Site News and Hump Day Links
First the site news …
As the reach of Truth About It.net 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 ….
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
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?
(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.
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.
Privilege? Privilege? We Talkin’ Bout Privilege [ticktock6, Hornets Hype]
Other Recommended Links:
- A long overdue discussion of the Washington Wizards’ use of their D-League team [Mike Prada – Bullets Forever]
- Confirmed: The devious Fabricio Oberto cannot be trusted [The Sports Hernia Blog]
- NBA.com Ranks Wizards 9th in Summer Power Rankings (4th in East) [via John Schuhmann, NBA.com]
- Michael Jordan Hall of Fame Exhibit Grounded by Corporate Baggage [via New York Times]
Oh, and don’t forget to go to NBA.com 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.