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Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 1:43 pm
 
Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Douglas-Roberts is not celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Posted by Ben Golliver. c-d-r

On Sunday night, history was made when President Barack Obama announced that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The news, coming nearly a decade after 9/11, an attack which bin Laden masterminded, was greeted by cheering crowds in both New York City and at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, however, was not as excited. He took to Twitter to remind his followers about the costs of America's military efforts in the Middle East.
Is this a celebration?? Is this the beginning of a huge religious war? I hope not. (shaking my head) 
It took 919,967 deaths to kill that one guy.It took 10 years & 2 Wars to kill that...guy. It cost us (USA) roughly $1,188,263,000,000 to kill that...........guy. But we #winning though. Haaaa. (Sarcasm) 
Predictably, Douglas-Roberts' statements drew immediate criticism from other Twitter users. He was called "stupid", a "moron" and told to "shut your dumb [expletive] mouth" because he is "not intelligent enough to speak on the subject." Soon after, he posted a lengthy clarifying response to those critics.
What I'm sayin has nothing to do with 9/11 or that guy. I still feel bad for the 9/11 families but I feel EQUALLY bad for the war families. Whatever happened to our freedom of speech? That's the problem. We don't want to hear anything that isn't our perspective. People are telling me to get out of America now b/c I'm against MORE INNOCENT people dying everyday? B/c I'm against a 10 year WAR? Same people going nuts on me are the same people saying "bring the troops home". Right? Right?!  
Reading yall's tweet AT me (pun intended) & shaking my head. This is what I get for not wanting innocent people to die daily. Shame on me. What I've learned tonight, athletes shouldn't have perspectives. But I don't care. We feel certain ways about things TOO. #FirstAmendment To everybody supporting me, I'm fine. I have very thick skin. How I feel hasn't changed the least bit. 
Anyway, "God bless America"
Keeping perspective on military spending is always a good idea. Remembering all the lives lost in, and affected by, the wars is something that we should do every single day. Encouraging freedom of speech is pretty much inarguable. Douglas-Roberts' opinions here really aren't that controversial.

Except, of course, for the timing. To millions of Americans, the capture of bin Laden will stand as a historical marker, like the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue or the fall of the Berlin Wall. There's something to be said for letting people appreciate and process that moment which, to anyone that lost a loved one in 9/11 or knows someone that has served abroad, was surely heaped in emotion. 

Whether it was his intention or not, Douglas-Roberts politicized that sensitive moment. If we've learned anything in the last 15 years of American politics, that will always lead to a response, often a harsh one. Was all of the money and effort worth it to capture bin Laden? There will never be a consensus answer to that question. Like so many other political subjects, though, there is one certainty: In an instant-analysis world, where opinions and analysis arrive nearly simultaneously as world-changing news is being processed, feelings get hurt and discourse devolves quickly. 

I'm not sure what exactly we learned from this back-and-forth other than the timing of a message can get in the way of its meaning.
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death


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    if it weren't for basketball

    this goon would be flipping burgers at mcdonalds
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    Since: Jan 21, 2008
    Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:51 pm
     

    Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

    He asks is this the beginning of a big religious war?  Where the hell have you been?!!  Oh that's right been playing a game for a living.  Yeah your the first one that I would like to hear about anything that has to do with real life struggles or situations "sarcasm".  The war has been going on for a while now and it will not end until all extremist muslims feel the tip of our spear.  So cause we have spent billions of dollars and have lost many great and courageous lives we can't celebrate or feel any sort of moral victory when a know scumbag is put to rest?  Think before you speak the next time you decide to open your overpaid-entitled mouth and respect those who gave you the right to do so.



    Since: Sep 8, 2006
    Posted on: May 3, 2011 9:24 am
     

    Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

    He's right. Even though he is just a basketball player, he's right.



    Since: Sep 5, 2008
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:31 pm
     

    Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

    if it weren't for basketball

    this goon would be flipping burgers at mcdonalds


    You know absolutely nothing about CDR if you call him a goon. He's a great guy, very intelligent and if it weren't for basketball he would have a very good career in something else as he was a very good student at the University of Memphis.


    i love when celebrites and idiotic athletes make dumb statements



    It's a his damn twitter account and he can say what he wants to on it. What I love is when idiots like you open their mouths and reveal just how ignorant they are.


    philsfan1
    Since: Jul 22, 2010
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 10:11 pm
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    Since: Apr 13, 2009
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:40 pm
     

    You're a moron, 1ballfan

    if it weren't for basketball

    this goon would be flipping burgers at mcdonalds

    i love when celebrites and idiotic athletes make dumb statements
    what do you mean "dumb statement?" I agree with CDR all the way here. The death of a person shouldn't be celebrated, no matter how evil he is. Imagine if you went out on a 3 month murder spree, and then were caught and killed by the police. Sure, you did bad things, and less people will be killed, but people that loved you would feel sad. No matter how bad the things you do are, you're loved by someone. Think about that.



    Since: Jan 17, 2009
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:24 pm
     

    Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

    BUT I (me personally) don't celebrate the death of a person, any person, no matter how evil and twisted they are.
    I agree 100%. I don't think it is good when their are thousands of Americans parading up and down the street celebrating the death of one human being. Was he a sick, demented, and evil human being... Yes, very much so. But the fact that we are glorifying someone's death is just plain disgusting. The death of this one man is just a short step in stopping this warfare. Who knows it may only make it worse. Bash me all you want. Call me unpatriotic and so forth. I have a right to my own opinion and so does Roberts. 

    The other thing I don't understand is why someone calls him out and says things like 'he'd be flipping burgers at McDanold's if it wasn't for basketball'.  A: That is a stereotype and you don't know how intellectual of a person he is nor his skill level off the court. You said this, whether you meant this or not, because he is a black person in the NBA with dozens of tattoos. That is unfair. B: Give the guy some credit. At least you can comprehend his tweet. He isn't using stupid abbreviations and misspelling words for the sake of misspelling them. Instead he makes a tweet that is well composed (compared to other tweets) that you can read one time and you understand what he is saying. Plus he actually uses numbers instead of just making a stupid comment. You know he has thought this out and really contemplated how he feels about this whole issue. Plus, he isn't afraid to publicly state how he feels. And with that I applaud Chris Douglas-Roberts for not being the 'stupid athlete'.

    Just because you disagree with him doesn't make him and idiot or a moron. He just has a different point of view.


    1ballfan
    Since: Apr 27, 2011
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 8:14 pm
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    Since: Jun 12, 2009
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 7:31 pm
     

    Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

    I am as patriotic as they come and I could not be happier that OBL is history.  Yet, Douglas-Roberts does make some points that make sense.  America has lost a lot of soldiers looking for this idiot.  His death should definitely be something that we should be thankful for, but it should not bring celebration.  Additionally, stand by for Obama to run his next campaign on the fact that he is the guy who caught and killed terrorist #1.  Ugh..please not another four years of the Socialist.



    Since: Oct 10, 2006
    Posted on: May 2, 2011 6:11 pm
     

    Douglas-Roberts not celebrating bin Laden's death

    Chris, stick to basketball and leave the comments to some who knows how to articulate.


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