Ron Artest Pays Homage to Drug Dealers, Video. You can say I am getting on my soapbox if you want to, but I think Ron Artest’s comments are completely idiotic.
Let me count the ways
- Chris Webber was making fun of you because what you said, about some random kid being better then the best basketball players in the world, was moronic. Your friend had your number when you were kids. It happens all the time, but that does not make them better then Charles Barkley etc…
- Chris Webber was using the “Hood” tone of voice because you were shouting out to your Homies on TNT. It was about as “Hood” as you can get.
- Charles Barkley discredited your friend because your statement did not warrant him thinking he was in the NBA Hall of Fame. The fact that your friend was in jail did not impress Charles Barkley, who most likely was raised to think that going to jail was a bad thing.
- Finally, Ron Artest, you were close to ending this message without saying something stupid, but you failed. Do you realize in your attempt to “stay true to the streets”, you said you pay homage to the drug dealers and everything that keeps kids on the street?
Ron Artest gained a lot of respect during this years NBA playoffs. He was the motor behind the Rockets huge runs and impressive play. He also seemed under control. That was a big change. But then he has to keep it real for some reason. He has to go out of his way and let everyone know that the street life is a downward spiral that will never change and he loves it that way.
Edit- Since posting this, I have had some conversations with people. It is also linked to by ESPN’s TrueHoop with the anchor text of “somebody getting mad at him for it“. I take nothing back. I still stand behind what I wrote. I do not mind Artest standing up for being called out on TNT. I just think that idolizing street life on one hand and talking about the struggles on the other hand makes no sense. If you hate the struggles, then do what so many NBA players are doing, which is not idolizing drug dealers and street life, but working with Big Brothers Little Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, NBA Cares, and many others.
Now, I do not know if Ron Artest does those things. I hope he does. All I said was that saying that you pay homage to drug dealers and the street way of life is wrong. Charles Barkley said that basketball players should not be role models. I think if they are going to make irresponsible comments on their vlog, they need to be called out for it. I hope some kid does not think that is the only way Ron Artest will respect him.
Some people might say he was paying homage to the strugles that they go through. I personally think you have to twist his words to get that idea. Do I think this is huge? No. Did it strike a cord within me as something that should not be said? Yes. That is why I wrote the post.
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