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Meet Ayesha Curry.  Chances are, you already know her.

Tonight is Game 7 of the NBA Finals and very few are actually talking about the game itself.  Just about everyone has spent the last few days discussing what Ayesha Curry tweeted about Game 6.

Mrs. Curry essentially insinuated that the NBA is”fixed” to allow Cleveland to extend the series to a Game 7.  A 7th game brings about more money through TV ratings and ticket sells.

As much as I love the Curry family and how they represent themselves, I think that she crossed over the line with her tweet.  Way over the line.

However, let me backtrack a bit.  Since the creation of the “Basketball Wives” TV show, it appears to me that a lot of women have come to the forefront of the game.  My only problem is with the ones who are bringing that reality show element along with them.  Sports fans honestly don’t care what you think, good or bad.  We want to see Skip Bayless, Jemele Hill, Stephen A. Smith, and the likes discuss the game.  Not the wives of players.


Because wives of players are always going to side with their husbands.  Duh.  Where’s the journalistic integrity of that (not to say that all talking heads on ESPN have integrity).  Brent Grimes of the NFL has a wife who is so outspoken that he has difficulty even signing with a team.  Imagine that!  Not being able to get a job because of your wife’s actions on social media (and in real life for Miko Grimes).

Here’s the tweet heard around the world (that she deleted afterwards).

And I want all the people who are supporting Ayesha to think about that.  If your husband comes home and discloses to you that someone at his job is holding him back, is your first thought to go on social media and bash his company?  Absolutely not.  Because you know that he will be out of a job if you do.

So, why do you give Ayesha Curry a pass on doing the exact same thing?  Because Steph is too talented to get fired from the Warriors?  Well, that’s true, but that doesn’t make it right.  Because believe it or not, Steph has been totally impacted in a negative way by his wife’s antics.  He will never say that publicly because it’s his wife.  Duh again.  But she’s done more harm than good.

How so?

It’s Game 7 and what who are we talking about?  Ayesha Curry.

Who are the reporters asking Steph Curry about in the interviews leading up to the game?  Not Lebron, but Ayesha.

What questions are Steph’s teammates getting asked about in interviews leading up to the game?  Not about the Cavaliers, but about if they think the games are rigged.

And if the tweet was not enough, she challenged an ESPN talking head legend in Stephen A. Smith into a war of words.  He called her out on being a distraction to the team and her response was to challenge what he said and be even more of a distraction.  She even said that Stephen A. was pitting women against women simply because he stated that Lebron’s wife, Savannah, experiences much more scrutiny of her husband than anyone in the league, yet she lets him handle it.  Imagine that.  A woman letting a man fight his own battles.  I would personally be offended if I had a wife who attempted to fight my battles for me.  That’s emasculating.  It’s just not right and it’s humiliating.

Steph Curry is going into what could be the biggest game of his career and no one is really talking about the game.  And even if Ayesha Curry is correct in her accusations, how is she going to prove it?  What if she pissed the referees off so much (they’re human) that they decide that they’re not going to call many fouls tonight?  They may decide just to let the guys play it out and stay out of the picture.  A physical game favors Cleveland and not Golden State, so that would hurt her husband’s chances of winning.  How is her tweet going to help her husband tonight?

Newsflash: It won’t.

I’m not a fan of either team, but I do hope that tonight’s game is a close one and has plenty of action.  I am a fan of both Savannah and Ayesha.  I’m a fan of Savannah’s for being able to stay away from the spotlight, as tempting as it may be.  And I’m a fan of Ayesha’s for how she’s handled the spotlight, up until now.

It’s not that Ayesha isn’t entitled to her opinions.  She just has to realize that once she becomes the story, she becomes a target for criticism.  It doesn’t matter if it’s justified or not.  That’s just how the media works.  And any criticism of her affects her husband’s game whether anyone believes it or not.  It also puts him in a bad place with his teammates who also are affected by the controversy.

The last thing a player wants to worry about in a locker room is his wife/girlfriend or family.  You have to worry about how the media will make her look.  You have to worry about if some deranged fan(s) will accost her and hold her responsible if Golden State loses.  We live in a world where those two things are very likely.

Ayesha will probably have her own cooking show or something in the future.  She’s a likeable person and she has the ability to brighten up any room.  She’s one of the more positive recognizable figures in social media today and we need more like her.

But tweets can’t beat microphones.  In a game between Ayesha Curry vs. ESPN, I’m putting my money down on ESPN every time.  I hope that she now realizes that she’s fighting a losing battle and that she takes the high road going forward.


Chink In The Armor? Really, ESPN?

Posted: February 19, 2012 in media, nba, racism

Some people just haven’t a clue. You see, this is what happens when you raise people without teaching them to seek out and appreciate diversity. What’s the end-result for not doing so? An idiot. People can’t be that racist stupid, can they?

– An ESPN employee was fired for using the phrase “Chink In The Armor” as a headline on after an Asian-American hoops sensation and the Knicks suffered a loss. The headline was only up for roughly 30 minutes before someone decided it would be a good idea to change it.

– A few days prior to that, ESPN News anchor, Max Bretos used the term “Chink” in reference to Jeremy Lin, who is Taiwanese.

– Even MSG, which owns the Knicks, had a graphic on their TV station that showed Jeremy Lin popping out of a fortune cookie. A freakin’ fortune cookie!

– Columnist, Jason Whitlock, also tweeted a racist remark about Lin, but later gave a weak apology and blamed his sense of humor for the racial blast. Well, he’s racist against his own race some times, so maybe I shouldn’t even include him in this discussion.

Look. I understand that everything that’s offensive wasn’t intended to be racist. The person who thought “Chink in the Armor” was a catchy title probably has no idea that it was offensive because:

A) a lot of younger people don’t embrace and study history
B) he probably wasn’t taught that it was offensive

I know a guy who is the absolutely nicest guy in the world and he once referred to an Asian woman as “Oriental.” After I corrected him, he felt pretty badly. The thing is: he was a 30 year old man who just didn’t know. I’ve even seen people in their 20’s use the term “colored” in referencing black people. Probably because they don’t know any blacks or cared to learn about any.

I grew up in what was basically an all “black and white” town. I would have loved the opportunity to have friends of other races while growing up. Eventually, my town became more diverse in my early 20’s. That gave me an opportunity to ask/learn more. Prior to that, I still took time to try and learn about different cultures as a youth from reading Encyclopedias, watching documentaries, the internet, etc.

The point I’m trying to make is this: racist remarks don’t have to be intentional. You can be ignorant of something, make a statement, get badly beaten and wake up in a roadside ditch. Don’t wake up in a roadside ditch (some of you will get that reference and laugh uncontrollably). If you’re dealing with someone of another background, then maybe it would behoove you to try and learn a little something before opening your mouth.

I like Jeremy Lin. ESPN talks about him too much, but they don’t understand restraint, so that’s a given for them. Despite that, I think he is good for the NBA and he could be good for diversity (if people took the time to actually learn more about him). He defies all of the NBA stereotypes: he’s not black, he’s an Ivy-league grad and he hasn’t dated a Kardashian (although I heard Kim arranged to meet Jeremy).

Don’t do it, Jeremy!!!!!

Bottom line: If you are going to have a job dealing with the public, then it’s your responsibility to learn about the public. Not knowing that a phrase offends a race, gender or sexual preference is rarely a good excuse. If you can’t take it upon yourself to learn about the people in this country, then do everyone a favor: never leave your home or have children.

How can we improve diversity in America?

#Kardashian Influence

Posted: December 31, 2011 in kardashian, nba, survey

Kris Humphries was voted the most hated person in the NBA by Forbes magazine. For those who don’t follow the NBA, Kris Humphries is about as relevant in basketball as a pair of cleats. He wasn’t voted most disliked for anything he’s ever done on the court, but for what he did off the court:

Marrying Kim Kardashian.

When I saw the survey results, I was surprised. Here I am thinking that the survey was completely basketball-related and it was quite the opposite. Pop Culture influenced these results. Outside of the state of New Jersey, I doubt 1 in 250 people knew who Kris was prior to him dating Kim.

I have to give the Kardashians credit for completely embedding themselves into the lives of millions of people in the country. What started as a sex tape has turned into a multi-million dollar industry. Everything they touch turns to gold which is why guys seem to flock to them.

Guess who else made the list? Lamar Odom. One of the most liked guys on the court is one of the most disliked off of it. Why? You guessed it! He also married a Kardashian. I can’t remember if it’s Khloe or Kourtney, but she’s the one who looks like a white Wendy Williams. “How you doing?”

I could care less about Khloe and Kourtney because they’re just accessories. Kim is the main course and drives the money train. Now that she’s attempting to get an annulment from Kris, I’m sure she’ll move on to another high profile athlete or celebrity to keep the ball rolling. And who can blame her? In a country where ignorance trends on Twitter, can you blame her for cashing in on the country’s inability to care about something worthwhile?

As for Kris Humphries, milk this for all you can, dude. You’ll make more off of Kim then you’ll make in the NBA unless you step your game up a bit. She’s a walking cash register with a big booty, so as long as you can get your face on some episodes of her show, then do so. In fact, if I were you, I’d be talking to E! about a Kris Humphries Show to tell your side of the story.

Use that Kardashian influence to collect a few more pay checks. Happy New Year, everyone!


I Do… Until A Hottie Comes Along!

Posted: December 19, 2011 in cheat, marriage, nba

Kobe Bryant joins the list of athletes to recently file for divorce (Tony Hawk, Deion Sanders and Troy Aikman to name a few). And it’s for allegedly cheating. Imagine that. Kobe and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Vanessa, met when she was 18 and he was 21 on a music video set.

Back in ’03, Kobe got into a scandal that almost landed him in jail as he admitted to having sex with a lady in Colorado who later accused him of rape. Well, that didn’t sit well with Vanessa and it took a public apology and a $4 million dollar ring as a gift from Kobe to get back in her good graces. Now, after a 10 year marriage and two daughters, Vanessa says that she’s had enough of “The Black Mamba.” She seeks spousal support and custody of the two girls and let me also mention that there is no pre-nup. She may receive money that rivals Tiger’s ex, Elin Nordegren.

I think this scenario is the perfect lesson for guys out there. Just because you meet someone you really like at a young age doesn’t mean you’re obligated to marry her. There are steps to a relationship and marriage is the ultimate step. Ultimate means “final.” “Final” is a word that should make anyone think when it comes to making a decision. Most of us put more thought into a cell phone commitment of two years than we do a marriage.

I went to school with so many classmates who married their high school sweetheart only to divorce less than 10 years later. Why? Because men are stupid. Sounds harsh? Well, let me explain: a lot of men don’t realize at a young age of the opportunities (women) that will come our way once we get older, smarter and established. I was in love for four years when I was 23 years old and was engaged. It would have been the worst decision I could have made in my life had I married her. Not simply because I found out she wasn’t the one for me, but because I had no idea how many more women I would meet in my life who would virtually throw themselves at me for whatever reason. Luckily, the engagement dissolved and as a single man at 23 years old, I made the most of my life before my first date with The Mrs. at age 28.

Very few men mature early enough in their 20’s to sustain a marriage. Even if we maintain a faithful relationship for the early part of the marriage, at some point, we start to think of what we missed. Kobe probably wanted to be the perfect husband and father when he got married. What he didn’t anticipate was women in every city throwing themselves at him. I take that back. He knew that was going to happen, he just didn’t know that he was going to eventually give in to it. If he would have not married Vanessa at 21, would she have waited on him? Would she have hung around and allowed him to “sew his royal oats.”

Maybe. Maybe not. That’s beside the point. If things are meant to be, then they’ll happen, right? After all, I took The Mrs. to my high school prom as a one-time thing and a decade later, we started dating. Had we developed a relationship back when I was younger and dumber, she’d probably still hate me to this day because of my immaturity at that age.

The point I want to make to the guys is that there is no rush to get married. Now, I’m not saying date someone for 10 years or anything, but what I’m saying is live your life before you decide to settle down. Enjoy yourself. Travel. Party. Flirt. You’ll never get it all out of your system, but you can at least feel as if you’ve lived your life to the point that you will be able to resist temptation once you’re married. Some guys are mature enough to do the young marriage thing, but let’s be honest and admit that most of us guys would struggle and/or fail in that situation. It’s easy to say “I do…” until a hottie comes along.


Basketball Baby Mamas

Posted: July 6, 2011 in nba, reality shows


You all know that I hate reality shows. I hate them because I think that they’re either scripted and / or the drama is manufactured. Although I can understand the allure to these shows, since Americans love train wrecks, I also get frustrated when someone passes one of these shows off as “positive” or “real.”

This is what Shaunie O’Neal did in a recent interview with CNN discussing her garbage of a show, Basketball Wives. Here’s a quote from it: “I do believe some of the shows featuring African-American women have positive story lines and are not meant to tear black women down. Shows like Tiny & Toya and Monica: Still Standing, LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, What Chili Wants and The Braxtons.”

I won’t comment on any of those shows because I’ve never watched an entire episode of either. Well, I did watch 10 minutes of Tiny and Toya and I thought my SAP (Secondary Audio Programming) was on because I don’t think they speak English.

But, I did watch the first three episodes of the first season of Basketball Baby Mamas. Now, the reason I call it that is because I think only one of them is even married to an NBA player. They are either long-term girlfriends/baby mamas or ex-girlfriends/baby mamas. How any of that is “positive” is beyond me. I thought the show would actually represent some behind the scenes look at the NBA, but it’s quite the contrary.

The show promotes this glamorous lifestyle of women who want to be socialites and self-inflicted drama worse than any episode of Maury Povich. For O’Neal to say that she wants the show to be powerful and uplifting to black women is like me saying I want Family Guy to be a tool of learning for children. BBW’s promotes fighting, cursing, backstabbing, and materialistic things. They leach off of their baby daddies (most who are not even recognizable players in the league anyway) and they basically remind the world that a-holes come in female forms, too.

I used to wonder if people who watch the show only do so for entertainment. I no longer think that about most people after hearing over-30 somethings talking about the show as if they’re talking about their neighbors. They believe it so much that it’s as if they know the ladies on the show. They are that much invested in something that doesn’t represent anything legitimate about how people are supposed to interact with society.

Now, check out another previous quote from Shaunie in an interview from Sister 2 Sister magazine:

“And, I had some other original choices that just didn’t work out after we got a mini kind of casting reel of them. It was like, eh, not so exciting anymore. It was one wife I talked to, she said, “All I do is take my kids to school and pick ‘em up and cook dinner and have it here and go to the game.” Well, that’s not going to work for TV.”

Sadly, this hypocrite is absolutely right. We only want to see drama. We thrive off of it. That’s why this Casey Anthony trial has blown up like crazy. The media has pushed it on us so much for so long that people exploded emotionally when the verdicts came down. Mission accomplished.

So, how do we reverse this trend? How do we keep our kids from thinking that this is the way to live? How do we disprove that fighting, pouting, and seeking materialistic things is what life is about?

Just like Shaunie said, if you put a nice, respectable person on TV, who’s gonna watch that?

>It’s 5:35 AM… Why am I not asleep? I’m sitting up watching a high school football game I DVR’d last Friday. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) is stomping Skyline (TX) 24-3.

They’re playing at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. For those of you who have not seen this stadium on TV/in-person, it is the most impressive structure I’ve ever seen in my life. I went there for the NBA All-Star game in February and the experience blew me away. Being one of the 108,000+ people in that stadium and part of a world recording breaking attendance event was pretty cool, too.

First of all, as far as the game was concerned, I’ve never seen so many women at a sporting event. It’s something about the NBA that attracts women. I saw seven women to every guy and they were dressed like they were on the Red Carpet.

As a friend and I made our way to the concession stand, we saw Theo Ratliff, an older player, but a player nonetheless, walking through with his 6’11” frame. On his right arm was a 6’4″ blonde (at least she was in her heels). Every girl he passed was trying to make eye contact with him. They would bump him as he walked by and say “excuse me” as if it was unintentional. He wouldn’t even look down to acknowledge them. I’m guessing that’s why the blonde on his arm never appeared concerned about the on-lookers as she chatted away on her iPhone.

I just changed the channel to “The Soup” on E! For those who haven’t seen it, it’s basically a highlight show for reality TV bloopers and other funny clips. Right now they’re showing a clip of Nancy Grace going off on some woman who’s defending Paris Hilton’s drug charge.

Paris claims that she thought the cocaine that was found in her purse was gum. Nancy is one angry southerner. She goes off on everyone she invites on her show.

Oh, man. I need some sleep. I just saw Jesse James and Kat Von D holding hands leaving a World War II museum. How ironic of her to be there after the controversy going on about her being a Nazi. The fact that I recognize both of these people is probably something in which I should be ashamed.

Wait. Kate Gosselin still has a show? How did that happen? Why is everyone so fascinated by freaks and headcases? I’m one of the rare few who can’t do most reality shows. I think they’re all scripted and the ones that aren’t scripted have participants who are blatantly trying to make a name for themselves instead of acting natural.

And Lord knows I’m tired of always seeing the angry black woman on these shows. Isn’t that played out? Sometimes I think reality shows are half of the reason white people are afraid of most black people.

Wow, Kathie Lee on the “Today Show” told Hoda that she wouldn’t recognize a sex toy “if it slapped her in the face”. LOL! (insert joke here)

It’s 6:08 AM and I’m obviously delusional and ranting. Besides, any time you see Larry King singing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, then you know it’s time for bed.

Good night, all.

>I’m trying to wrap my brain around something. I was watching a politician discuss the immigration enforcement laws in Arizona. He was speaking of how the “illegals” drive up our health care and steal our jobs.

That’s when my brain simply allowed me to pose a simple, yet relevant question to myself: aren’t rich people the reason people across the border to come to America?

After all, in order to have a pool guy, gardener, landscaper and nanny, you have to have someone who’s rich enough to afford all of those things, right? Those appear to be the same people keeping up the most noise about illegals.

First, let me say this: I do agree that no one should be in the country illegally. But come on, the argument on illegals is hypocritical in so many ways.

I’m pretty sure that the Native Americans had issues about the “illegals” that “discovered” their country some centuries ago. Maybe there’s a “what goes around, comes around” feeling going on in AZ.

I’ll give you an example of how rich people enable something to happen, but then deflect the blame to the people who are being enabled:

The NBA. Huh? That’s right. NBA owners and general managers are enablers. They recently passed a rule a few seasons ago that prevents high schoolers from skipping college and going straight into the NBA.

You may say to yourself, “Well, Q, it makes sense. These kids aren’t mature enough for millions. They should go to college at least for one year and develop their game and their lives a little more.”

Prior to the “new rule”, how did high schoolers make it to the NBA? They were drafted! They didn’t just show up at the NY Knicks gym and said “I want to play”. They were selected.

So, how can the people who are drafting you to play say that you shouldn’t be joining our league coming out of high school? Isn’t the easiest way to deter them from coming to the league too early is by not drafting them?

But, no one wants to miss out on the next Magic Johnson, so they draft based on potential and 9 out of 10 times, end up with a guy who’s mediocre at best and never truly learned how to play the game.

Again, the enabler is complaining about the “enabled”. It happens in the war on drugs as well. The only people I see going to jail are users and low-level dealers. That’s who the “war” on drugs is against. Not the bankroll of the operation, but the peons of the cartel.

Again, the enablers are leading the charge against “the problem”. It’s like Nino Brown being on the front line on the “war” on drugs against “Pookie”. (That’s a “New Jack City” reference for those not fortunate enough to have seen the 1991 classic). You need Netflix in your life.

Okay, I just saw a black guy who is storm chaser for The Weather Channel. That’s a first. I prefer to go the opposite direction of tornadoes.

Sorry, I got distracted. Now I’m looking at people on my TV screaming down Mexicans in front of John McCain’s office. I love Hispanic people and I feel sorry for those who are being taken advantage of for their cheap labor. It’s a shame that so many people in the White House fussing about this issue probably have quite a few Consuelas and Hectors working on their estate.

Latinos are getting blamed for everything under the sun. Sure undocumented people drive up health care costs, but so do greedy pharmaceutical companies and Congressmen/women.

Latinos just want to make a living just like us. A lot of them definitely could make more of an effort to do it legally, but when are we going to blame the people who are paying them to be here illegally?