The Parading Paradigm of Pomposity
Jason Whitlock I must applaud you attempting to seize the moment. Every good strategist would say it was a good play to attempt to use this momentum of controversy to broaden your base. If you have accomplished that, it remains to be seen. BUT, let me tell you that I personally feel that this was a lame attempt by a hypocrite. Let me explain. You defending your co-worker is par the course. No one is truly shocked by it. But here is my issue with you and Kristine Leahy and the reason why I just cannot watch Colin anymore if you two are on the program.
Let us go back to March 29th when on Speak for Yourself you felt that Lonzo was emasculated by his father, something that sounded so ridiculous when you said it and even more months after. You also, inferred that he was “robot” oh and “Lavar looks like the total man of the family.” I do not know if you grew up with your father in the house so maybe the fact of a father being the head of the household and the total man is foreign to you. I get that many people grow up in fatherless homes but in a home where the fathers are present this is what it looks like unless the father is milquetoast.
Then Kristine asked the most foolish question of “how many siblings want to do the same thing?” I can tell you that I and my brothers all wanted to play sports and we did. My father made it clear to us that there would be no starting and stopping and if we wanted to play we were going to do it. Is that being controlled? Were we little robots? How many families have all of their daughters in cheer or dance? See the problem was created when you and your co-host crossed that proverbial line from being sports reporters to the hollowed attempt at being therapist. Your arrogance is nauseating and your trifle attempt at dignity banal. And for Kristine to surmise Lonzo as being terrified is so egregious that it has to be addressed. How is Lonzo having a disagreement with his father remotely sports related? Again, she has crossing the line. She tried to pit son against father. I damn sure do not disagree with my father publicly nor does my son with me. It is called respect not fear, not terror but respect.
Terror is defined as “extreme fear.” So the fact that he does not disagree with his father in public for your amusement makes him terrified? Have either of you ever heard of the word Glossophobia? This is the fear of public speaking. So if you took a moment to be in fact journalist and not biased opinionated buffoon’s you would clearly see from the home videos that Lonzo is much more comfortable around friends and family. He is more relaxed and bit more verbose. So maybe this “terror” that she saw was in fact the fear of not his father but of public speaking or maybe he just did not want to speak you guys.
If you look at the post-game interview with Lonzo and head coach Steve Alford in January after the Stanford win, Lonzo exhibited some of the same mannerisms he did when he was on the show with you guys and his father. Was he terrified of Steve Alford? It is extremely disrespectful to make the assumptions you all did and then expect this man to have any respect for you or your words. You and Kristine are absolutely arrogant in that. Her defending you against his “personal attack about weight” is more of the uninformed hypocrisy in this whole situation. Where was she when you said these words regarding Serena Williams, “With a reduction in glut, a little less butt and a smidgen more guts, Serena Williams would easily be as big as Michael Jackson, dwarf Tiger Woods and take a run at Rosa Parks.” You conflate Serena’s image or impact with Rosa Parks but find a problem with Charlamagne’s comparison to Emmett Till. You disgust me with this balderdash. Let us continue. How does she feel about these words, again regarding Serena, “She’d rather eat, half-ass her way through non-major tournaments and complain she’s not getting the respect her 11-major-championships résumé demands. She complains about being ranked №2 in the world when she’s not bitching on Twitter or her blog about new rules that forbid Wimbledon players from eating in the locker room. Seriously, how else can Serena fill out her size 16 shorts without grazing at her stall between matches? I know, you think I’m a hypocrite. No, I’m not. Sports writers are supposed to be plump and lazy. I’m fulfilling my destiny.” There are no words for this level of disrespect.
Oh and did you try to get some street cred with your ode to Public Enemy, KRS One et al? Stop it. Be a bigger man [no pun intended] than you are and apologize. Implore your co-host to do the same. Then if Lavar Ball bothers you that much, stop having him on your show because it is you who books him. He doesn’t book himself on your show.