I am so beyond irate.
If it hasn’t been already, the following section is going to be removed/retooled for this article:
“Washington quickly snaps up Florida scorer Bradley Beal at no. 3. Bilas calls him a “high-character guy” and a “complete basketball player,” and the chairman of the Committee for Cross-Racial Comparisons rules that, yes, you’re allowed to compare Beal’s jumper to Mike Miller’s jumper. What a relief. That’s followed by a strong Beal interview — it was just like the MKG interview, only with complete sentences and it didn’t seem like a porn movie.”
Here’s the missing portion:
1) What the hell is this “chairman of the Committee for Cross-Racial Comparisons”? At no time did race have to show up in that discussion, and it’s a cheap joke to boot. By not simply comparing basketball-player-to-basketball-player, you sir, continue to perpetuate the problem. In addition, you’re outing yourself as a veiled bigot. Good job.
2) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. I’m tearing up even thinking about this. MKG, who Simmons claims just a paragraph before that he “could not be a bigger fan of,” has spent his life trying to overcome A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT. To mock him for his lack of complete sentences and sounding “like a porn movie” is beyond despicable. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! wrote a fantastic article about Michael, and discussed his stuttering:
After years of letting his stuttering silence him, Kidd-Gilchrist no longer fears talking about his condition – or anything else.
“I don’t care about what people think about me anymore,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “This is my life, not their life. I have to live it. They don’t.
“It’s been a big battle for me just mentally. I’m just fighting through it. … I don’t mind it no more.”
Kidd-Gilchrist’s father, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Sr. – who played alongside former NBA player Milt Wagner on the 1981 Camden High basketball team that won a New Jersey state championship – was fatally shot Aug. 11, 1996, before Kidd-Gilchrist turned 3. Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother, Cindy Richardson, raised him, and his stuttering contributed to him being shy as a child.
He had to face his stuttering problem after becoming one of the nation’s top high school basketball players at St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, N.J. His growing fame led to interview requests, which Kidd-Gilchrist was “terrified” to accept.
“I spoke a lot around my friends and family, stuff like that,” he said. “But other than that, I wouldn’t talk to nobody really.”
How is Simmons so out of touch that he don’t know such a HUGE detail about a player he “could not be a bigger fan of”? And that’s great - he’s removing it from his post, but not before everyone already read it and ripped into him for it. The odds of this not getting back to MKG are slim to none, so I’m sure he’s thankful for the reminder that people are going to judge him because he isn’t a Toastmaster.
Stop being such a middle-aged try-hard.