John Amaechi spent some time in the NBA, and after he retired he revealed in his book “Man in the Middle” that he’s gay. He was closeted during his playing days, but became the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay.
So when he read Amar’e Stoudemire’s recent homophobic comments, Amaechi decided to respond:
These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice. There is already one too many of those holding court in the media, and the world is poorer for it.
Within the world of sport there are plenty of true role models on and off the floor whose words are carefully chosen to uplift and integrate society, not join [President Donald]Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.’
“Imagine if we had that energy?” Lee asked. “You’d rather have that.”
Apparently Lee would rather play in an energetic atmosphere than actually enjoy a lead in the game.
Knicks teammate Lance Thomas agreed that the silence was strange.
“We’re just so used to the Garden being so active and loud. … It reminded Packers Cheap Jerseys me of a high school: they didn’t dim the lights, we didn’t have music,” he said. “You really had to create your own energy out there you had to create your own zone to, I guess, counteract that. We did alright in Nike NFL Jerseys China the first half but it was weird nonetheless.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green, never one to mince words, was highly critical of the lack of jams as well.
To be fair, college and high school games usually have screaming student sections to help create atmosphere. Music may not be the best alternative, but we don’t see Spike Lee and company starting a round of “De-fense!” any time soon.