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Rose apologizes for gang controversy

Posted on: June 11, 2009 7:03 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2009 7:22 pm
 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Technology is good, and technology is bad. This lesson Derrick Rose has learned the hard way.

Rose, the reigning NBA rookie of the year, issued a statement Thursday apologizing for using "extremely poor judgment" in allowing himself to be depicted flashing what appeared to be gang signs in a photo making its away around the Internet.

The photo was taken at a party during Rose's freshman year at the University of Memphis. According to the Chicago Tribune, the symbols Rose is flashing with his hands are those of the notorious Gangster Disciples Nation, the predominant gang in Rose's native Englewood neighborhood.

"Recently, a photo has been circulating on the Internet which appears to depict me flashing a gang sign," Rose said in the statement. "This photo of me was taken at a party I attended in Memphis while I was in school there, and was meant as a joke ... a bad one, I now admit. I want to emphatically state, now and forever, that Derrick Rose is anti-gang, anti-drug, and anti-violence. I am not, nor have I ever been, affiliated with any gang and I can't speak loudly enough against gang violence, and the things that gangs represent.

"In posing for this picture, I am guilty of being young, naive and of using extremely poor judgment. I sincerely apologize to all my fans for my mistake."

It's been a busy summer for Rose, who also has been implicated in an NCAA scandal at Memphis allegedly centered around the legitimacy of his SAT score and improper travel funds that, according to Yahoo! Sports, were funneled to Rose's brother. Rose's attorney has denied any wrongdoing on Rose's part and has said that the player is cooperating with the NCAA probe.
 
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Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:27 pm
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

I'd be surprised if one could live in Englewood all his life and NOT in some way be affiliated with the GDN.  Come on.  They have Chicago City Council representation for crying out loud.  I don't believe he's a banger, but unless you believe the fairy tale stories about how his brothers shielded him from all outside stimuli, keeping him safe from undue harm, he had to come in contact with many GD's every day.  

As far as throwing gang signs.... Believe it or not, there are white kids on the farm flashing signs too.  You know why?  Because they watch MTV and see videos every day where guys like Weezy, TI, etc. are flashing gang signs for everyone to see and they're celebrated for it.  It's not the right thing to do, but let's not be so naive to think that this is some new phenomenon that we've just discovered by seeing this photo.  I'm only surprised that this became such a big topic.  It probably wouldn't have had Rose not just been implicated in the Memphis SAT dilemma.

Furthermore, to the guy trying to drum up that he's "blown" on weed.  You get glassy eyed when your drunk too....  Not saying he doesn't smoke.    Who knows?  Who really cares?    But to be a self-admitted "former toker", it seems  kinda hypocritical to go that route and to try stirring up another controversy when you say you did the same thing.  Of course you were smart enough to withhold your name and occupation right?  So it's okay, just pile on the kid. 

My advice to Rose is to take a couple weeks and go to some faraway private island and chill for a while.  It's been a rough couple weeks.

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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 11:39 pm
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

I would have had way more respect (and believed him) if he'd just have said "Dude, I was really blazed at that party, I didn't know what I was throwing up, dont' take it seriously." Instead, we have this obviously prepared statement, blah blah blah.



Since: Jun 1, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 10:51 pm
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

Big Homies don't mess with stars who have NBA potential in Chicago, should I remind you of the Ben Wilson story and what happend to him????

That kid had as much or even more potential than Derrick Rose but was gunned down by two gang bangers for BUMPINGG into him while walking to school.

That kid had no gang history, and was no affiliate of any gang....so this comment isn't entirely true




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 2:48 am
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

doesn't seem to bright?  can't you say that about any NBA player.  These guys are a bunch of uneducated fools that are overpaid.  He probably didn't even understand what he was doing, someone probably had to explain it to him That sir, is a severe generalization and stereotype. Don't let ignorance get the best of you because while I may agree with you with some players, like uneducated LeBron, on the other hand you have Kobe who has a high IQ and Derek Fisher who is very well spoken and written, I mean the guy is president of the Player's Association. Just to name a few.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2009 1:12 am
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

doesn't seem to bright?  can't you say that about any NBA player.  These guys are a bunch of uneducated fools that are overpaid.  He probably didn't even understand what he was doing, someone probably had to explain it to him




Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 7:34 pm
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

twocoach, its funny you said that b/c I haven't seen the picture, but my brother did and he said thats exact same thing. He said, Bro, forget the gang sign stuff, he looked BLOWN out of he mind. Good observation dude.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:00 pm
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

I want to emphatically state, now and forever, that Derrick Rose is anti-gang, anti-drug, and anti-violence. I am not, nor have I ever been, affiliated with any gang and I can't speak loudly enough against gang violence, and the things that gangs represent.
I enjoyed a fair amount of marijuana in my youth and would recognize the eyes of a person under the influence of marijuana in two seconds. I have seen the photo in question and Rose looks baked out of his mind. I'm not saying he his, I am saying that he looks to be, in my opinion. I would be shocked if this wasn't a statement printed and released by his agent and publicist. I don't believe a word of it.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:24 am
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

dman, that may be true. but i looked up his elementary school (beasley) and that is a magnet school, uniforms, no gang effort. That means that onviously there is a gang issue they have had to deal with... Beasley is very strict, but helps students maybe better than straight on public... beasley basically all-black.

I know many who are in gangs here in minneapolis, some have hearts of pure gold. i have worked with them locked up, or sent to our worst schools. it is true they leave some alone, but not everyone feels that way. With all the new 'sets' and street gangs , the rules are different everyday.

I am sure he had people looking out for him, it also helps that his mother and brothers were helping out. His brother coached him in AAU. He was playing ball all through high school. You are right, the hood probably knew this kid was an untouchable. But his brothers and mother deserve the most credit, for good schooling, sports, and supervision.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:09 am
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

Rose does seem as the ideal candidate for gang activity. He doesn't seem too bright, he seems like he was always the cool guy, and he - like any other youth - is probably caught up in mainstream society.

He was probably with some friends and thought he was cool. I live in the hood, I know a lot of people in gangs and you are going to hang out with a few, no way to avoid it, especially in Inglewood.

He said it was a "joke" as a cover because he got caught doing something that is terrible for his image. Fact of the matter is anyone coming from the hood either knows about the gang scene or is caught up themselves, same thing goes for the whole "anti-drug, anti-violence" thing. When it's all around you, you tend to be curious. When people are glorified in high school for being the "downest" a lot of young people will aspire that same kind of affection, just as I said before, same thing with drugs, I'll bet a million dollars Rose smokes weed on a regular basis in the offseason.

A disease lives in the ghetto, and it's called stupidity. I think Rose was a victim of this disease before, but now that he's rich you can bet he's not dealing with those kinds of people anymore. Don't expect something like this to come up again.



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:36 am
 

Rose apologizes for gang controversy

As a native Chicagoan, this is how it works. DRose has probably never ( I say probably b/c I don't know him, but I know the hood) run in with gang. One reason is the homies in the hood wouldn't allow it. Rose has been a star since 4th grade. Everyone in that hood knew it. They big homies wouldn't bother him b/c they knew he had a legit chance to make it. I know people think people that live in places like this are animals or heartless but that is far from the truth. But I can bet my shirt that his brother, cousins, friends or somebody if not all of those people run with that gang. Guranteed. You don't grow up in Engelwood and not have someone close to you in that gang. Its called an affiliate. His not in it but he reps it. That was not a joke as he says. Those are his people, they looked out for him growing up. You can take that to the bank.


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