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Steve Nash retirement story a hoax

Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:50 am
Posted by Royce Young

A story popped up online Wednesday at The Phoenix New Times that claimed Steve Nash was retiring. Not eventually. We know that. That he was retiring now to pursue a political career in Canada.

The story claimed Nash was retiring Nov. 15 and that his long-term goal was to be prime minister of Canada. People believed this. It was a five-page story that was thousands of words. There were quotes, confirmations from Jerry Colangelo, Robert Sarver and Alvin Gentry. There was no hint that it was a joke or no reason for it to be fake.

But don't worry, it was. CBS 5 News in Phoenix confirmed that the story was a fake and there was even an official statement on calling the story humorous.

Via Seth Pollack of SB Nation, Nash said, "Obviously, I'll be prime minister one day but I was going to wait until after I finish playing basketball." Well played, Prime Minister Nash.

Why the joke? Why the fake article? I have no idea. It makes no sense to me. It seems like it took a lot of effort and honestly, there just doesn't seem to be a reason for it. The Phoenix News Times isn't a site that's prone to making up stuff, but it is an alternative media company that aims to sort of pry and dig. The New Times brand is owned by Village Voice Media which has a number of these sites planted through the country. They've actually won awards for writing and investigative pieces. But I don't think this is going to help their credibility a ton.

I assume there was some kind of satirical effort behind this story, like it was trying to make a point about LeBron's move to Miami or Amar'e Stoudemire leaving. But to run it with fake quotes and in a way like it's actually happening is weird. And it was even a cover story!

Kind of a fun story though. I can totally picture Steve Nash giving his home country an assist and taking control of the government. I'm sure he'd be quite the leader. But that'll have to wait for a bit. Don't believe everything you read, kids. Except this stuff. This stuff is all good.
Category: NBA

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:47 am

Steve Nash retirement story a hoax

people are saying now that he is headed to NYC! go knicks! That would be amazing to watch. nash to stat all over again or nash to danillo. we know he looks good in blue and orange. for more info on the possible trade check out:


Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:29 pm

Steve Nash retirement story a hoax

Why do people assume that former athletes would be "giving his home country as assist and taking control of the government..." and that it would be a good thing?

I heard Steve Nash's comments and opinions about Arizona Immigration.  And while I am able to respect Steve Nash's personal opinion, popping off to national media about your opinions regarding a touchy subject on either end makes me think that Canada's people probably aren't waiting with baited breat for his version of LBJ's "The Debacle".  Think of it, neither was the US. 

Also, how much time does Steve Nash even spend in Canada, his birthplace er, place he grew up?

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:21 am

Steve Nash retirement story a hoax

"The Phoenix News Times isn't a site that's prone to making up stuff" WHAT?  Obviously you not a reader of the New times.  This is the same paper that had the Pope, yes that Pope, surfing at Big Surf pictures and everything.  then there was the time they reported that the Scottsdale Galleria tile floor was covering a treasure.  (People actually showed up and destroyed the floor in sections before the police had them removed.)  The New Times does do some great investigative work but they also enjoy the occasional satire.  I'm sure you might have just missed some of the subtile hints that the story was bogus.  Relax, Suns fans, he's not going anywhere for awhile!

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:21 am

Steve Nash retirement story a hoax

You feel better now that you shared that with the world? I doubt the Phoenix New Times will suffer any credibility loss, hell I just not heard of them. Free publicity, but you still dont get it yet I reckon. Thats ok. A story like this is good for the people on this site: SLOW DOWN everyone! Let's get the facts out before we have eleven editorial posts running over each other just because someone tweeted that he found five dollars in a bathroom. A fake story is a good start to slowing you people down a little bit.

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