Talking Points: Taking charge takes turn for worse
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Judging by the comments under the lead video on www.slamonline.com, a popular basketball website, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will never attempt to take another charge again.
Early in the Blazers' overtime win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night, Aldridge braced himself for contact as fourth-year player Byron Mullens attacked the middle of the paint. Mullens took launch, Aldridge fell back on his wallet and a classic dunk poster was created.
The fallout from Mullens' one-handed slam over Aldridge was instant -- as things often are in the Internet age -- as sites from the Huffington Post to USA Today featured the video. Probasketballtalk.com even splashed the headline: "Byron Mullens with the Dunk of the Year? …" While dimemag.com rejected subtlety: "BYRON MULLENS COMPLETELY DESTROYS LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE WITH DUNK."
So much for taking charges.
And, so much for social media.
On Tuesday, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Braylon Edwards tweeted out an apology for a previous 140-character message he had sent that disparaged the New York Jets.
Edwards, who played for the Jets from 2009-2010, took to Twitter to defend quarterback Mark Sanchez while blaming the "idiots calling the shots" for not giving his former teammate a chance. However in consecutive tweets, sent hours apart, Edwards backtracked:
"I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst. Mark is a friend and a former teammate, who I… wholeheartedly support. Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for."