Sports Commentary 3/7/13: Shut Up And Go Away
Dennis Rodman and the North Koreans ??
SHUT UP AND GO AWAY
The bar for the height of ridiculousness keeps getting set lower, and the sports world is not immune to the insanity. By now the newly formed friendship between former NBA “Worm” Dennis Rodman and noted humanitarian Kim Jong Un, the dictator, uh, leader of North Korea, has been well chronicled. Saying Kim is just a regular, good guy who loves basketball, Rodman took on the role of U.S. ambassador to the rogue nation, visiting his new B-F-F, taking in some hoops and quaffin’ some brews before returning to this country with a message for the president. With ABC News, which just yesterday admitted it was guilty of anti Christain, anti conservative bias, and pledging to be more objective in the future, legitimizing Rodman with a Sunday morning appearance on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulous, the “Worm” relayed the message, saying Kim, who has pledged to wipe the U.S. off the face of the earth while developing the means to do it, just wants the Pres to give him a call. Rodman says Kim told him, “I don’t want to do war.” No sooner had Dennis delivered the message than Kim threatened to retract the treaty that ended the Korean War, which would, in effect, mean, we’re officially at war with the man who “Don’t want to do war”. Somebody forgot to tell Rodman that North Korea is a closed totalitarian state, probably the same historian who informed him we run our own concentration camps here in the U.S. Rodman isn’t the only genius in the sports world who could use a lesson in international politics. Boxing promoter Don King, who’s own reputation comes with more than just a little tarnish, has asked the New York boxing commission to conduct a ten count, ten rings of the bell, before the boxing card, including a light heavyweight title fight he’s promoting, Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in honor of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. King may be the only person in the world who can draw a single coorelaton that makes Chavez worthy of the honor, which is only observed when someone of note in the boxing community has passed, most often it is reserved for boxing hall of famers. The rest of us apparently missed Chavez’ connection to boxing but King, who called himself “A promoter of the people, by the people and for the people”, said, “Many people may or may not like (Chavez), but I love him, he was my brother.” King met Chavez in 1971 when Chavez worked security for a card King was promoting in Caracas. No one apparently mentioned to Rodman and King the men they are elevating on pedestals this week are dictators and human rights nightmares who were tutored by the best in that business, Kim by his father, Chavez by Fidel Castro. We’ve asked performers who have overinvested themselves in politics to “Shut up and sing”, and athletes who have done likewise to “Shut up and play”. In the case of Dennis Rodman and Don King, they should just shut up and go away. With a comment from the sports world, I’m Scott Gray.