Posted by Royce Young
Don't look, Utah Jazz. This video might make you throw up.
(Let me throw in the caveat here because this is the Internet and you never know, but I suppose this could be fake. It sure doesn't appear so, but I'm just looking to cover my butt if it's revealed that this was faked by someone so that I don't look like a naive, gullible fool.)
Not to sound like my mother here or get all Serious Sportswriter on you, but Deron Williams doing a backflip off a cliff probably doesn't sit all that well with the Jazz or Jazz fans. Obviously he's fine and he definitely knew what he was doing, but with past instances like Monta Ellis on the moped or Ben Roethlisberger on the motorcycle, what athletes do in their free time is always an interesting situation.
They're adults. They deserve the right to enjoy themselves and enjoy their money. Just because an organization is counting on their body to be healthy doesn't mean they can't have some fun. But at the same time, that body is a major investment for an organization. And if Williams had cracked his head on one of those rocks, this would've been a very big deal.
I don't necessarily have an opinion on it because it's really hard to figure where you draw the line. A player like Kevin Durant spends a lot of his summer playing pickup ball. And it's not that hard to come down wrong and turn an ankle or tweak a knee running some ball on the blacktop. Clearly playing basketball isn't quite as drastic as doing backflips off a jagged cliff, but still, there's a point in there somewhere.
In the end, it doesn't really matter. And I shouldn't have brought it up. Because the moral of this story (and video) is, Deron Williams is pretty darn cool. And good at cliffjumping in a backwards manner.
Via SLC Dunk