Was nice to watch the Denver Nuggets in Edmonton
to play the Toronto Raptors for a 2008-2009 National Basketball Association exhibition game Tuesday (Oct 2008).
This was also the first time, since 1982, that
I that did not report, be it for print or electronic mediums, on an NBA exhibition game held in our province.
Instead, taking the game in on the boob tube.
Why? A matter of principle. A matter of Pros vs. Cons.
Felt much safer watching the Denver Thuggets…oops…I
mean Nuggets…from a far away distance.
Boy these guys sure can drive and manoeuvre their
bodies on the court. But would hate to see them, at least three of the Nuggets starters, drive their cars on the streets
USA Redeem Team’s Carmelo Anthony was arrested
April 11, 2008 for driving twice the legal limit. In response...the NBA, always promoting positive image, sent a message
to his fans and your kids by suspending Anthony for a whole two games!
Then a month later he
was ticketed for going 60 in a 45 mph zone. Must have been late for practice
Oh forgot to mention
that four years prior he was cited for marijuana possession.
I guess crime does
pay for this salary this year is $14,410,581.
is an angel compared to a few of the other starters.
Juan Howard was
arrested Nov 11, 1996 for DUI and charges – thanks big time lawyers – were dropped.
In 1998 he was accused
of sexual assault. Now for a woman attempting to get an NBA player accused of rape it would be easier for a blind, legless,
armless, 110 year-old person to climb Mount Everest.
In 2000 Howard was
also sued for supposedly giving two girls herpes.
And finally in 2008
he was accused of stealing an expensive pair of sunglasses.
Yet he is a great
role model for our kids I am told by the NBA media machine.
Mateen Gleeves was
a minor in 1998 when arrested for possession of alcohol, kicking in a door and not wearing a seatbelt. He must have grown
up a bit for in March 2001 he was ticketed for speeding with a suspended license.
Carter was also pulled over March 3, 2006 for what was described “several traffic violations” and was arrested
under suspicion of DUI. The breath test showed double the legal limit. Was second
DUI in the last 10 years for Carter.
Nuggets superstar Alan Iverson did not hit the courts in Edmonton.
A sure Hall of Fame
inductee in future years. Ranks up there as one of the greatest guards of all time.
His stats sheet
is just as long as his rap sheet though.
In 1993 he was handed
down a 15-year jail sentence, 10 years suspended, for literally cracking a woman in the head with a chair at a bowling alley.
Three strikes? No way. He received a pardon after serving four months.
Then in 1997 he
was convicted of carrying an unlicensed concealed weapon and marijuana after being stopped in a speeding car. Sentenced to
100 hours community service.
Five years later
July 2002 he is arrested once again and charged 14 counts, including 12 felonies, after breaking into his cousin’s apartment
with a gun he wasn't supposed to have. All charges were dropped. Amazing what a few good lawyers and media pressure can do
It is truly amazing
how many NBA stars get off with major crime and can go on…like Iverson…to make $20,840,625
as is the case for his 2008-2009 salary.
cars fast. Smoking some pot. Having fun with some girls. Carrying guns. Sporting tattoos. This is just part of our culture…the
NBA culture. Not major crimes.
what was Nuggets Ruben Patterson doing on the hardwood for 20 minutes?
my books the guy is the scum of the earth. He is a registered sex offender. He has broke jaws of people who “he thought”
scratched his car. He pleaded no contest to an attempted rape on his kid’s nanny. Arrested for domestic assault by request
of his wife. The list goes on. Yet we cheer for him.
NBA should add along with their Say No To Drugs campaign a Say No To Thugs campaign where any player with a criminal record
can go place elsewhere.
then you would have no league?
background check was done on nearly 200 NBA players from the 2001-2002 season and it showed that 40% had had a formal criminal
complaint for a serious crime filed against them.
If O.J. can get off so can Shaq or Kobe.
you on the rebound.