Now Accepting: Nominations for World’s dumbest athlete

September 17, 2008 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Hitting sport talk everywhere is the story about the recently leaked comments of Dallas Mavericks’ forward, Josh Howard. We all know that this guy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, which stems from the interview where he admitted to smoking the happy grass on a regular basis. Do you have a brain Josh? Or is your headband waaay too tight? You’re a professional athlete for an extremely popular, and contending, NBA franchise. However, you feel it is A-okay to let the world know that you’re a pot head. I can’t think of a better message to send the millions of kids that call you their inspiration. But in fact, this comment by Howard is not the most ridiculous thing he has ever said publicly. That’s right. Josh Howard is actually more unintelligent than his old weed quote demonstrates.

A recent video, leaked on YouTube, films the Mavs’ star at a charity flag football game hosted by Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. During the singing of our national anthem, a man (supposedly a Baltimore-based rapper) walks around with a camera and gets a reaction from the participants of the game. First of all, I always thought that people were supposed to stand be quiet during the national anthem. Right? I mean, if I’m at a sporting event buying a ridiculously priced sausage with peppers and onions, I will stop dead in my tracks and raise my hand to my heart during the national anthem. Apparently these guys think otherwise. As the guy puts the camera in Howard’s face, Howard says “Star Spangled Banner goin’ on right now. I don’t even celebrate that shit. Because I’m black.” He then ends it with some nonsense about how he’s “down with Obama” and what not.

I was absolutely speechless when I heard this. I actually heard it on the radio first and then I immediately went to a computer because I just had to hear it myself. I was thinking maybe it was taken out of context or misquoted, what us fans usually want to plead when an athlete sounds brainless. But no, Josh Howard is that brainless.  Whether or not he thought this footage would get out to the public is beside the point. This puts the nail in the coffin for determining the immaturity of Josh Howard. If it weren’t for this country Josh, you wouldn’t make an eighth of what you do now. If you weren’t in this country, you wouldn’t have that multi-million dollar estate that you go home to every night. If you weren’t in this country, you probably wouldn’t have gotten off so easy when you were caught street racing in North Carolina. And if you were in another country and you disrespected the flag and national anthem, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t get to laugh at the situation like you are now.

I have never been a Mavs fan, or particularly a Josh Howard fan, but I do love the game of basketball. However, this comment has made me completely hate Josh Howard and any team he happens to play for. I apologize in advance if you like the Mavs or if Howard happens to be traded to or signed with your favorite team, but this is possibly one of the most absurd and ridiculous comments I have ever heard. It’s simple if you’re Josh Howard: if you don’t respect America, you have the freedom to leave.

 

 

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