Handing out the Dumb Ass of the week award is not meant to make fools of the athletes that we follow, pay to watch play the games we still love, and our kids idolize. This award isn’t meant to make fun of them, it’s true meaning is to simply point out that just like you and I, they put their pants on one leg at a time, and on occasions (some more than others) make mistakes worthy of labeling them a dumb ass.
In some cases, this award is not won by an athlete but by idiotic fans or people associated with sports, or just happen to be at a sporting event.
It does not matter if you are a world-class athlete, or a clerk at the 7-11, in today’s world, it only takes a split second decision to be a dumb ass. Technology is advancing as you sleep and never has one key on your phone or computer been the cause of so many sleepless nights for so many dumb asses. By simply hitting “SEND”, your whole world can change and depending on what you sent, being a dumb ass isn’t that hard to do and could be the least of your problems. Twitter, Facebook or whatever form of social media one chooses as their method of communication with the rest of the world can be the biggest window in to a world filled nothing but dumb asses.
I generally believe that Facebook, Twitter and athletes mix as well as oil and water, but it is a free cyber world so to each his own dumbass self. Athletes are free to express their feelings towards their fan base, and it is not always done with, shall we say, the most intelligent thought process. I’m not saying they are wrong, I’m just saying they leave themselves open for criticism more times than not.
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi once said he preferred to run the football because when you threw a pass, only three things could happen and two of them were bad. The same principal exists for athletes that respond to their fan bases via social media. Not many good things can happen when responding to a fan after they offer criticism.
Most fans do not Tweet to say good game, or great season. This was the case this past week when Brian Ferrelli, who is known as a New York Knicks super fan and carries the handle on Twitter “B Forreal”, Tweeted to Knicks superstar Amare Stoudemire that he’d ‘better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season’.
Stoudemire wasn’t happy with this dipshits suggestion of how he needs to return next season, and as he has been known to do on occasion, (just ask the fire extinguisher on the way to the Knicks locker room) , Stoudemire hit the send button before his anger subsided, and in the process pissed off many in New York City that weekend.
The six time NBA All-Star and 2002-03 NBA rookie of the year, who is currently suffering from a hand injury, fired off a private message saying:”’F**k you. I don’t have to do anything fag.” In a case of atrocious timing, the Knicks forward-center chose Gay Pride weekend to hurl the homophobic slur at the so-called super fan.
While I absolutely do not condone what Amare did, I also know that he’s not the first person in the spotlight who ended up sticking their foot in their mouth thanks to social media.
As stated above, with today’s technology, everybody is on Twitter and as exciting as it is for some to interact with athletes and celebrities, sometimes they go too far. This results in some athletes or celebrities taking it to the being a dumb ass extreme and responding in a real idiotic manner.
What Amare should have done is realize that the fan is just another asshole and move on. Responding by calling the idiot a “fag” was wrong, and Amare knows better, but he is not the runner up for dumb ass of the week, that belongs to the asshole fan himself for essentially creating this issue. Did he not think that an athlete as proud (to a fault at times) as Stoudemire would not respond? Of course, he knew he would respond, and Amare gave the little prick just what he was looking for. I do not begrudge Ferrelli of his right to do that, but the way he handled Stoudemire’s initial response makes him a true asshole.
For beginners, the tweet was stupid in that Stoudemire had a decent year for the Knicks. Maybe it wasn’t what Knick fans wanted obviously, but is it too much to ask that a self-proclaimed “super fan” to know that the player he is criticizing made the All-Star team last season, while averaging 17.5 points and almost eight rebounds per game. Yes, these numbers were below Amare’s career averages but not a bad season on a team in turmoil while he battled injuries and a ball hawking teammate in Carmelo Anthony.
Secondly, who was this dick trying to impress by abusing Stoudemire. I know abuse is a strong word, but it is the same word the NY Post used when explaining what Amare did to Mr. Super fan. How Brian Ferrelli achieved his 15 minutes of fame really takes the cake.
After getting Stoudemire’s response, this dumb ass immediately snapped a screen shot and posted it on Twitter, which allowed the message to become a hot trending topic. If that was not enough, Ferrelli then forwarded it to Deadspin.com.
Stoudemire almost immediately apologized in this response, ““I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off a plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro! No Excuses. Won’t happen again,” Stoudemire wrote in another direct message, which Ferrelli posted for all to see on Twitter.
Stoudemire was in Milan on Sunday and did not respond to requests for comment. His agent, Happy Walters, declined to comment and referred the Daily News to Stoudemire’s Twitter apology.
A source close to Stoudemire said the b-baller was kicking himself for the slipup. “He made a big mistake, and he wishes he could take the whole thing back,” the source said. Ferrelli said he didn’t want to exacerbate the Twitter dustup by commenting further. “I don’t want to make this situation any bigger than it already is. He apologized and I accepted it,” Ferrelli told The News in a tweet.
Of course, the NBA got their money out of the deal. Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the league, but it could have been worse. In 2011, NBA Commissioner David Stern fined Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the same homophobic word against a referee during a game.
Bryant apologized but said the comment should not have been ‘taken literally’. Stern called his remark ‘offensive and inexcusable’.
The gay community didn’t stay silent, and did you expect that they would. During last Sundays 43rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride March in Manhattan, participants expressed disappointment in Stoudemire. “It’s known that the F-word is very offensive,” said former “Star Trek” actor George Takei. “It’s the same as using the N-word or K-word to describe someone Jewish. He should be censured severely.”
“I’m glad he realizes what he did,” Takei said. “He made a public fool of himself”. And I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen Sulu sitting next to Spike Lee at MSG for a Knicks game.
Yes Stoudemire was wrong, but Brian Ferrelli and fans like him remind me of little ankle biting shiatsu’s that aren’t big or mean enough to do serious damage but just annoying enough to piss you off, causing you to get put in the corner for 10 minutes so to speak. He reminds of a kid from my old neighborhood who used to open his door and call me and my friends’ names, but by the time we got to his door to have a word with him, he would slam the door shut and hide. He eventually came outside, and yep I was in that corner for a while.
Baiting Stoudemire was a bitch move and if I could offer up one piece of advice to Mr. Super fan, it would be to pay serious attention to the lyrics of a certain Lady Gaga song. “Whether life’s disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love you Knicks today, LIGHTEN UP MR. FERELLI, YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY!
All of that just for the runner up to the dumb ass award, and speaking of bitch, this week’s winner appears to be just that, a certified bitch! You can repost, re-Tweet, Facebook or do whatever you need to do to get that out on the World Wide Web! And please hurry!
Two years ago, Matthew Migliaccio, now 13, overthrew a baseball during a warm-up session at a Little League game in Manchester, N.J., accidentally striking Elizabeth Lloyd in the face. According to the boy’s family, Lloyd—who was at the park to watch her own son play—appeared to be fine. Soon after, though, Matthew began receiving “threatening and nasty letters,” his father said.
”The whole thing has almost been surreal,” Migliaccio told the AP. ”We keep thinking it’s just going to go away, and then a week and a half ago a sheriff shows up at my door to serve my son the papers.”
Lloyd is suing the little leaguer for $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs, as well as for an undefined amount for pain and suffering. The suit alleges that Matthew’s throw “assaulted and battered” Lloyd, causing her “severe, painful and permanent” injuries.
If that isn’t bad enough, Lloyd’s husband has also filed a lawsuit against the 13-year old for the loss of ”services, society and consortium” of his wife—which in plain English terms, means his marriage has taken a turn for the worse since the incident.
The boys father counters that his son could not have hit her that hard. The errant baseball traveled more than 60 feet before striking Lloyd, and though Matthew is an avid baseball player, he is far from Major League material. “They’re little kids. A lot of them don’t know how to throw,” Migliaccio told the New York Post. “It was an accident.”
Anthony Pagano, a lawyer for the Migliaccios, has called the lawsuit frivolous and without merit. ”I just think that it’s disgusting that you have people suing an 11-year-old kid for overthrowing his pitcher in the bullpen,” he said to the Associated Press. ”Ultimately, hopefully, justice will prevail.”
The only justice that could actually prevail here is if this kid developed an 80 mph fastball and hits her in the face with another overthrow. Even better is she attends a Yankees-Rangers game and is struck by one of Josh Hamilton’s flying bats.
As far as for Mr. Dumb Ass jumping in on the lawsuit claiming his marriage has gotten worse, I would be willing to bet that this was not a Disney Fairytale from the start. I mean any human being that thinks like this has to be a pain in the ass to be around. This poor dumb bastard is probably just looking for a way out of the “cheaper to keep her” scenario and hopes this is it.
Part of what Little League baseball and softball preaches on its website is that they want, through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, to assist children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. They claim to do this by espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty.
I have one question for the 10 officers and the 25 members that sit on their board of directors. A few of those board members are prominent throughout the sports world (Dr. James Andrews, and Chris Drury to name two of them).
Where are the virtues of character, courage and loyalty from your organization in helping this young man and his family through this tough time? Little League Baseball is a non-profit organization but with 17 major sponsors and partners such as Gatorade, Russell Athletic and the Honda Corporation, I’m sure that they aren’t rolling change in Williamsport these days.
So, Elizabeth Lloyd of Manchester New Jersey, you are the Z-BEST SPORTS DUMB ASS OF THE WEEK. In fact, you are also the leader in the clubhouse to be the dumb ass of the year.
Do not laugh Brian Ferrelli; if this were any other week, you’re sorry ass would have easily won this award.