Obviously my heart is filled with evil glee is whenever some overpaid sports celebrity makes a national ass of himself, but it’s even better when an overhyped sports event goes insanely awry. I’m talking about last weekend’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Vegas, which turned out to be little more than an excuse for these “professionals” (worshipped as role models by many young ‘uns) to run around and act like animals and criminals. AOL’s Jason Whitlock was there and wrote a great commentary on this mind-boggling assholery. I’ll paste in some of the juicier bits:
The game is a sloppy, boring, half-hearted mess. The dunk contest is contrived and pointless. The celebrity contest is unintended comedy. And, worst of all, All-Star Weekend revelers have transformed the league’s midseason exhibition into the new millennium Freaknik, an out-of-control street party that features gunplay, violence, non-stop weed smoke and general mayhem.
All weekend, people, especially cab drivers, gossiped about brawls and shootings. You didn’t know what to believe because the local newspaper was filled with stories about what a raging success All-Star Weekend was.
There were so many fights and so many gangbangers and one parking-lot shootout at the MGM Grand that people literally fled the hotel in fear for their safety. I talked with a woman who moved from the MGM to the Luxor because “I couldn’t take it. I’ll never come back to another All-Star Game.”
I was there. Walking The Strip this weekend must be what it feels like to walk the yard at a maximum security prison. You couldn’t relax. You avoided eye contact. The heavy police presence only reminded you of the danger.
Wow, sounds like a great place to be for all those basketball fans! But is anyone surprised this happened? These celebrity players make tons of money and think they’re above the law, and bringing them to a flashy place like Vegas is bound to dissolve whatever self-control they might have left. And isn’t it just typical for the pricks in the Vegas media to downplay this stuff and pump out bullshit about what a success the event was? But for someone like me who gets a perverse kick out of seeing sports cultists reveal their true nature, it’s entertainment gold. I’d expect the same exact thing from a football or baseball event, by the way…none of them are above this. (Oddly enough, this is the same event that a certain bigot was recently barred from. Looks like he might have been right at home there.)