This must be a very slow time in the sports world. The NBA and NHL don’t have much going on now that the LeBron stuff has been cleared up, Ilya Kovalchuk has finally signed, and the Philadelphia Flyers have finally moved the big piece that they were expected to. As for the NFL…there ain’t nothing going on there. Pure boredom.
So what ends up happening in times like these is that we find little things and make them into big things. Some would call it giving a flat-chested girl double-D breast implants. Or, making mountains out of mole hills.
That seems to be happening right now with Dwyane Wade’s recent remarks involving 9/11. He basically called the Chicago Bulls a bunch of anti-American terrorists. Ok, no he didn’t. He merely made a reference to the 9/11 tragedy in the form of an analogy.
“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for,” Wade said. “We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there’s going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games.”
When we read this, we thought that this was no big deal. But enough people made a stink (probably because they are bored with baseball), that he felt the need to issue an apology.
“In an interview yesterday, I attempted to explain how some people may view the Miami Heat losing a few basketball games in a row during the upcoming season,” Wade said according to a statement that he approved that was written by a publicist. “It appears that my reference to the World Trade Center has been either inaccurately reported or taken completely out of context. I was simply trying to say that losing a few basketball games should not be compared to a real catastrophe. While it was certainly not my intention, I sincerely apologize to anyone who found my reference to the World Trade Center to be insensitive or offensive.”
It’s sad that he felt the need to apologize. This is a non-story. I was several blocks away from the Trade Centers in Manhattan when the planes hit, and I wasn’t offended. People need to relax.