1. To the surprise of anyone who Inside the NBA The crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal had strong opinions on the recent saga involving Nets guard Kyrie Irving, who used his Twitter account last Thursday to promote an anti-Semitic film.
Barkley and O’Neal didn’t pull punches to tear up Irving, with both hosts calling him “a jerk.” Barkley expressed disappointment that the NBA did not suspend Irving, while Shaq called out Irving for being divisive and not caring about the repercussions of his actions.
But it was Johnson’s words that felt the strongest to me.
“I just think Kyrie is just part of it,” Johnson said. “I just think we’re lost. I think we’re lost in this country. I think people have forgotten what it’s like to question the train of thought, ‘If I put this out there, who am I harming?’ They don’t worry about that. Where’s politeness these days? where is empathy And it is a worrying and a dangerous path that we are on now.”
To say that we have a behavior and courtesy problem in this country is not news. It’s been going downhill for a long time and it’s getting worse every day.
Not only that Kyrie promoted an anti-Semitic film via his Twitter account. It is that Kyrie promoted an anti-Semitic film and then got angry that a reporter dared to question his decision and reasoning to promote an anti-Semitic film.
When someone tried to explain to Irving that supporting tropes in the film was offensive, he flatly refused to be open about hearing that side of it, showing he had no interest in having sympathy for people , which he insulted and instead said HE was “dehumanized”.
There was no regret, no desire to understand why his actions were hurtful, no attempt to realize that amplifying the film was a problem.
But as Johnson rightly pointed out, that’s where we are today. Politeness and empathy are out the window. And when you’re scolded for a lack of courtesy and empathy, the step by a worrying number of public figures these days is to simply double down.
2. We can’t say that EVERYONE doubles. In Tuesday’s Traina Thoughts, I wrote about Bally Sports NBA reporter Brandon Robinson, who was involved in a train wreck with Kyrie Irving. On Tuesday afternoon, Robinson deleted the video of his attitude from his Twitter account and offered an apology, so credit goes to him for handling this correctly.
3. Here’s why Inside the NBA is the best. One minute the crew is offering thoughtful and passionate shots of Kyrie Irving and the next minute Shaq is showing off his disgusting feet.
4. Not only were the Astros blown out in Philly Tuesday night, they also struggled to get food. Before the team lost 7-0 in Game 3 of the World Series, the team attempted to order food from two Philadelphia restaurants that refused to supply the enemy.
5. A Seahawks wide receiver has opened up and shared the inside details of one of the biggest stories of the 2022 NFL season: when he had to be carried off the field to use the restroom in Week 4.
6. This weeks SI Media Podcast has a conversation with Sports business journal‘s John Ourand on the latest news from the sports media. Topics covered include:
• Amazon’s Thursday night soccer reviews
• Jim Nantz is out, Ian Eagle is competing in the NCAA tournament
• World Series ratings issues
• ManningCast perspective
• NFL Sunday Ticket Update
The show ends with my weekly Traina Thoughts segment with Sal Licata, where we discuss a horrific gambling loss, the World Series and Taylor Swift.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Google.
You can also look at those SI Media Podcast on Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: In yesterday’s Traina Thoughts, I posted a video of an awkward and hilarious interaction between Jerry Seinfeld and Larry King here. Several people responded and said I had to post this clip of King and actor Danny Pudi.
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