gfantasy wrote:Why has the NBA become a product of the Hip Hop culture?
Are you insinuating that hip-hop culture is about punching people, and its purpose is to create violence? Because if you are that may be the most ignorant statement I've read in my few years here.
(And this isn't the NBA. It was an Italian basketball league. It happened about half a year ago, if I remember correctly.)
I don't think that's what he was insinuating at all. The NBA is a product of Hip-Hop culture, as much as Scarface and Escalades have. I don't consider it a negative connotation and I think the comment was beside the point.
I don't think anyone's out to make this a racial thing. It could be anyone who got pissed off and decided to clock someone for seemingly no good reason (I don't see any reason as a good one for sucker punching someone considerably smaller than you without physical provocation). It's not justifiable in any case and I don't feel the need to defend this guy in any way.
You guys know that I think punishments should meet the crime; if someone gets hurt as a result of someone else's conscious recklessness, then they should suffer considerably harsher consequences than someone who breaks the law and in no way disrupts society.
If I call someone a name and they punch me in the face, not only do I expect them to go to jail, but I also expect to get every penny they're worth. Also, accidents do happen, even as a result of carelessness. Punching someone is not an accident.
I remember people here defending Ron Artest in a discussion back when he went after a fan in the stands. Yeah, that fan pays his salary. You have to have the mind of a 12-year old to go after someone who teases you. Now I'm not saying that the fan heckling Artest is innocent; he likely disrupted the enjoyment of the game for those around him and for that, he should have, at worst, been kicked out. No one deserves to get attacked physically though for just saying something.
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....