Undefeated World's Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be a helluva boxer, but the upcoming jailbird is a loudmouth idiot as well.
And this isn't about his taking a page from the Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Manual of Fight Promotion to goad Manny Pacquiao into a big money match, it's about Junior running his mouth on Twitter about the biggest sports story in the country over the past six days.
"Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."
When the pugilist stated taking heat for his Tweet, he backed off a bit:
"I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up."
Then he started sniveling:
"Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized."
What Junior evidently missed is that what Lin has done, no one of any ethicity had previously accomplished.
They all had some good insights but Smith's was the most succinct: "This is stupid!"
Duran took Mayweather to task, saying: "Floyd is out of line!"
Jones, who like Smith, is African-American, generally sided with the boxer, but added:
"If I'm an NBA player, the last person I want as a spokeperson is Floyd Mayweather!"
Back on the hardwood, "Linsanity," as it has come to be known, continues this evening against the Raptors in Toronto.
Lin was unbelievable last night. I usually don't follow basketball, but was watching last night and saw his dramatic three pointer (after the three points prior) at the end of the game. He was spectacular.
It's his quiet WILL to prevail till the very end that makes the difference. I SO admire that. He was getting creamed by the big boys, too, and kept coming up for more.
There may be other athletes with better skills, but it's the way Lin gels his team, and elevates his own level of play that I admire most in an athlete.
Whatever happened to the star point guard from Hazelwood Avenue? The one who brought the 1997-1998 Westhampton Beach High School team to victory? I heard the game on my car radio as the team won the championship. Wow. Same kind of player. Like Jason Kidd.
They raise the standard by their actions. THAT is great sports.
I remember marveling at Bo Whaley as a Westhampton Beach High School Hurricane basketballer... old school.