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Brendan Haywood’s Blog in the Blogs, Again.

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Updated: December 9, 2009
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I saw it coming. Most probably did. In August, Brendan Haywood understandably and predictably caught some heat when he associated (via his blog and a subsequent radio interview) an irrelevant act by Stephon Marbury with being gay.

And last Friday, he wrote this:

All I’m saying is that Elin better be glad she’s married to Tiger Woods instead of Chris Brown or this whole story could’ve been reported differently!

Ok, nothing outlandish. Honestly.

He’s right, the story certainly would have been reported differently. It would have gone from ‘Tiger Woods has been a bad, bad boy and is now in a sh*t storm … well, you reap what you sew‘ to ‘That Tiger Woods M.F. is a monster!’ … to speculate.

Since that blog post came out the same day as a home game versus the Raptors, I decided to ask Haywood about it in the locker room beforehand.

Me: Saw your blog post today saying [Elin Woods] better be glad she’s not married to Chris Brown. You think that comment is going to get you a bit of heat? I mean, you know how people react to things.

Haywood: I’m not really worried about it … it’s a true fact. It’s a situation where basically you got two guys and text-messaging. One reacted one way, one reacted another way.

One guy, at 2:30 [am], left his house and got chased with a golf club. The other, same thing, ‘Who’s this texting at this time,’ [she] grabbed the phone and he reacted a different way.

And then the heat came … about four days later. Rick Chandler of NBC’s ‘Out of Bounds’ started it on Tuesday and Tommy Craggs of Deadspin followed today, as did Chris Littman of The Sporting Blog.

Each post, predictably, focused on that one comment by Haywood. And I guess that’s why I asked Haywood about it in the first place. It’s easy to be a internet-blood-smelling hound dog. The topic was also discussed at today’s practice (which I did not attend). You can read reports from The Washington Times and the Washington Examiner.

Here’s where I have to defend Haywood … kinda. I’m not sure about Elin being “glad”, but Haywood was simply trying to draw a comparison on two situations. I may be butchering the Chris Brown/Rhianna situation, because I don’t really give a sh*t about that celebrity bullsh*t, but it started when the female saw text messages that indicated the male was cheating, she reacted, and then the man hit her.

In the case of Tiger Woods, the female found out about cheating, via text messages or whatever, reacted (with a golf club evidently), and Tiger retreated instead of hitting back.

So in a sense, Haywood is correct. If Tiger was another person, the wife beating kind, the altercation might have gone a different way. Can’t really argue with that.

I don’t think the quote was worthy of Littman calling it a “rationalization that a lot of men would’ve beaten their women.” Not at all. Haywood didn’t rationalize domestic violence. He was merely providing commentary (/an attempt at comedy) on an unfortunate area of life.

Again, Haywood might have been better served not using the word “glad.” But in this instance, I can’t fault Haywood for speaking his mind … and I’m certainly not going to call the comment “stupid” … ill-advised, a big maybe.

I’m just sayin’, the world is a better, more entertaining place when professional athletes are candid, whereas they can then receive feedback on their opinion, instead of being quote robots that say oft-used phrases like, “it is what it is” and, “things of that nature.”

You may not always agree with what someone like Brendan Haywood says, but at least he’s saying it.


4 Comments

  1. Chris Littmann

    December 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “I don’t think the quote was worthy of Littman calling it a “rationalization that a lot of men would’ve beaten their women.” Not at all.”

    It’s not? Haywood even said that Elin “better be glad.” I suppose that isn’t verbatim saying she’s lucky, but aren’t we splitting hairs here just a bit? What Haywood said was stupid and thoughtless. I think even if he wanted to express the view that some guys might’ve hit their girl, there’s a better way to say it, but keep in mind that in context, he also made the point — which I mentioned in my post — that his anger is directed at Elin because of her moves with the prenup, so I wasn’t as fixated on that one particular line as you’re making it out to be. He’s trying to paint a woman who has been cheated on numerous times as the bad guy. C’mon, how can you possibly defend that?

    I’ll agree with you that covering sports is more fun when folks are candid, but I prefer candor with some sort of insight and thought as opposed to what Haywood did on his blog.

  2. Joe Shmoe

    December 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I thought it was hilarious how he questioned if Elin really cared about Tiger now that she got some money for staying with him.

    Do you realize how funny that is?

    You are right Brendan, she chased him with a golf club because she’s in it for the money.

    How committed is Tiger to her if she’s cheating with her with pornstars?

    LOL Maybe Brendan is right. Tiger woulds should leave Elin because she’s not loyal enough for him. LOL.

    Tiger is the victim!!! i’m dying over here! lol.

  3. Stet Sports Blog

    December 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    It’s laudable that Haywood is driven to speak on a multitude of issues, but when your opinion is so uninformed and so logically crass, it defeats the purpose.

  4. Incadescent rex

    December 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Truth I have to disagree with you on this. Haywood’s comments are so ignorant that I find myself wishing I’d never seen it so I could root for him on the court without thinking about it.

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