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Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 5:48 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

On Monday morning, the National Basketball Players Association launched a Twitter campaign to rally fan support and to express union solidarity during the ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA. The two-fold message was summarized by two quick-hitting slogans: "Let us play" and "stand united."

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has added his own message to the discourse. After participating in the NBPA's campaign, Anthony offered an apology to NBA fans, tacking on a profane three-word slogan that is hard to argue with: "This **** sucks."

Here's a look at the tweet.

carmelo-anthony-tweet

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James also passed Anthony's message along to their followers.

Anthony later added: "It bothers me to hear people talk about things they know nothing about!!!"

His frustration doesn't arise from nowhere. There has been some fan backlash on Twitter to the NBPA's "let us play" campaign with some observers unclear that the labor dispute is the result of the NBA owners locking out the players instead of the players going out on strike. For this, Anthony really has no one to blame but his fellow union members. We're more than three months into the ongoing lockout. If the basics haven't been effectively communicated to the fans, the players can't really point the finger at anyone else about that. It's absolutely frustrating but educating the general public about the finer points of a labor negotiation is a long, costly and intricate process. 

Blaming the fans, even for their own lack of knowledge, will get the players nowhere.
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:56 am
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Its a social network.  True, he is a "leader" in the league but at the same time, the leaders of our Nation curse openly on CNN.  These same "juvenile thugs", as you so eloquently put it, are the same ones giving back to inner city youth with their foundations and with the proceeds for these charity games.  Also, you state uneducated but how can you draw that from one word? A MAJORITY of these individuals are college educated or are at least making an attempt to take courses at reputable institutions throughout the US.  If you look at them and see the tattoos and define that as their image then you have to take into account every other major professional American sport as well as everyone is "tatted up" these days.  He simply went out and gave what he considered to be a heartfelt apology to his twitter followers. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:56 am
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Its a social network.  True, he is a "leader" in the league but at the same time, the leaders of our Nation curse openly on CNN.  These same "juvenile thugs", as you so eloquently put it, are the same ones giving back to inner city youth with their foundations and with the proceeds for these charity games.  Also, you state uneducated but how can you draw that from one word? A MAJORITY of these individuals are college educated or are at least making an attempt to take courses at reputable institutions throughout the US.  If you look at them and see the tattoos and define that as their image then you have to take into account every other major professional American sport as well as everyone is "tatted up" these days.  He simply went out and gave what he considered to be a heartfelt apology to his twitter followers. 



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

You're missing the point BRock.

When you're a part of the "face" of the NBA, you need to act like a leader. Not just a leader to those in the league you perhaps involuntarily represent, but also as leader to all the young fans who want to be like you. When you're leaders are jouvenile thugs who make profane statements, they only prove that this is a league made up of uneducated, street-loyal punks, who become heros to all of the kids out there growing up with a misunderstanding of what respect is.

It's not about the curse word as much as it is about the image.

And please, tweeting is the same thing as going to the news or handing a statement to a national sports outlet these days. You know that.







Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

CKB19 The man cursed once in a tweet.  Show me an adult who hasnt cursed once in his life and I will show you a liar!  He didnt go on the news or a national sports outlet and proclaim it, he sent a tweet!  I have a son, you know who he immitates? ME!



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

@menomike... you are a fool.  You obviously have no clue on what is going on if you can compare military vets and basketball players.  You are an embarrassment, you give all Milwaukee fans a bad name. 

And might we ask what your education level is and what you do for a living?  I can take a guess, since your knowledge of economics and how to run a business are shown with your comments.  


Both sides are wrong in this labor dispute, but there is no way players should be telling the owners how to run a business.  Lower payrolls with lower ticket pricess, better arenas,more food options, and less millionare egos are what what the sport needs.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:52 am
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Nice crocodile tears.  Magic and Bird just died a little inside.  Hard to believe the NBA is the most dysfunctional pro sport in North America.  My heart goes out to the fans- the only true victims in this mess.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

This s*** sucks

The street thug BS is exactly why this league is just dead to me. Those who watch, enjoy. For me, I like to watch people I respect. Sometimes I'm forced to watch people, even cheer for people I don't respect. And that presents a conflict of interest that I still haven't figured out... But the NBA is, no pun intended, a slam dunk not to watch it for me. And its a shame, because I love basketball, and there is great talent there. But a superstar who thinks that is an appropriate expression just shows that the league is dominated by thugs. Think my reaction is extreme, I can't argue that. But when you have kids and you see who they immitate you become conservative pretty quick. Guilty, but my opinion is my truth.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

I am glad Dirk and The Mavs got their championship before all the greed and stupidity boiled over.  I am a fan of the NBA but would be absolutely willing to not set foot in to an NBA for awhile.  Take your ball and go somewhere else, goodbye.    



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

@menomike...if you don't understand why a veteran gets paid while serving and after serving as well as how "blowing up sand" halfway around the world benefits our security, you need to do less posting on this site (Superstar status) and spend more time learning about more than sports.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

if the military was a "volunteer service" then why were you getting paid while you were serving AND while you are not serving?
not sure how blowing up sand halfway around the world qualifies as protecting the u.s. but if you want to keep buying that line of b.s. go right ahead... 


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