moocow007 wrote: NYKAL wrote:
You would be freaking stupid if you pass up on ball because of his dad. Lonzo doesn't have a problem with his dad talking to raise the profile of their brand. Lonzo is arguably the best prospect coming out this year. Lavar is just talking, you dudes act like he's out there shooting jumpshots with Lonzo.
I saw him interviewed this morning and he said something that has stayed with me. IF he was a woman and was vocal and supportive of her son like...say Iversons or many, many other players it would be a non-issue. But, because he's a strong MALE figure, its and issue..and I believe there is truth to this. The image of the masculine male (of color) is under attack in this country and if you are portrayed as Strong, Vocal Figure, you are seen as a potential "Problem." They rather you look weak while the female standing next to you does all the talking and makes all the decisions. Its proven in nearly every commercial, sitcom and movie.
What other players mom has said the things he's said? And the thing is it doesn't matter what he thinks or what might be idealistically right, the reality of the situation is that the media has zoned in on him and will continue to do so with every statement he makes. Great if you give the media no ammunition to fire back with (i.e. help the team he gets drafted to instantly become a playoff contender) but the media (especially the NY media) is merciless and will take every opportunity to fire back if he really wants to initiate that type of relationship. And there is no winning a fight against the NY media. Every little mistake they will blow out, every innocent statement will be re-interpreted to be the words of the devil, every move, every step, everything.
EDIT---sorry moocow meant to quote the guy you quoted, too
Actually he is wrong
It was a problem in philly with kj McDaniels mom when she spoke out against the team to the point they traded him early (he hasn't had the opportunity to do that yet, but I think it's headed that way), but it seems like she learned her lesson because she quit talking
Also, as someone's wife that it caused such problems he was cut from 2 teams in the NFL (granted she is way worse and probably legit insane) Brent grimes wife
This isn't a strong male issue, he is talking WAYYYYYY more than any parent I've heard of and on camera to the media none the less