At The Intersection Of Ignorant And Clueless

So here comes Josh Smith who will be playing basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers this coming season, during which time he will earn the nice little sum of 6.9 million dollars. In case you’d like to put a name to a face, here you go. I’ll get to his ludicrous comments in a moment.

397162f28ba05d91cd8c9ad114fbf5ae_crop_northNow, Josh seems like a nice enough guy. The problem is, like many athletes, he lives in a world that’s very different from the rest of us. So when they speak, which their agents, team representatives and PR people should always discourage, we are often left shaking our heads at the absurdities that dribble from their lips.

As an example, here is Josh attempting to wax poetic about the 6.9 million dollar salary he will be paid this coming season, which is about half of the 14 million he was paid last season.

“At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family. So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it, you know… I made a decision for me and my family.”

He’s going to push through it? Really? Are you @#$%^&* kidding me????

Sorry, but you need to slow your roll, big guy.

Now, before you go out and plan a benefit to help support ol Josh’s struggles and misfortune on the salary cut, you should know that he has played in the NBA for several years and has earned in the area of 91 million dollars, give or take a few hundred thousand.

That’s 91 million #$%^&* dollars!!

Should we ask The Stones to play Sympathy For The Devil for you, Josh, simply because you need to  cut back on that new loaded Escalade you were eyeing up or those extra thirty custom suits in rainbow colors or the first class trip to Bora Bora complete with concierge service you might have to rethink? Cause I know it’s not about being able to take the family to Chuck E Cheese  tonight and play some fifty cent video games, right?

I’d like to say this is an isolated incident but it’s not. Sports is littered with his type of oblivious thinking. Several years back a basketball player by the name of Latrell Sprewell was once offered a three-year, 30 million dollar contract which he found, “insulting.” LIke Smith, Sprewell didn’t think that salary would be enough for his family to live comfortably. Not long after, he was out of basketball and ended up filing bankruptcy. As I recall there were no tears shed for Latrell.
Sometimes Karma will come out and bite you in the ass if you decide to kick it around guys.

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So here’s my thing. If you want to live a lavish lifestyle that only supports you for the time you have a career and then causes you to lose it all because you never had the smarts or self-control to rein in your spending, plan for the future or take care of yourself and your family, that’s your choice. You have the ability to live large and take your friends out for thirty-five thousand dollar dinners? Good for you. It’s not my place to say how anyone should spend the money they earn and quite honestly,  I really don’t care.

Just please do me a favor and don’t insult the general population with comments like this, which paint you as a spoiled, greedy, single-minded, clueless individual who thinks the world revolves around the air you breathe.

We already have too many people like that in our lives at the moment. They’re called politicians. We don’t need jocks joining that dance.

 

 

26 thoughts on “At The Intersection Of Ignorant And Clueless

  1. A.PROMPTreply

    Whoa! A very well-deserved rant to be sure, George. Do have to say, I didn’t know you had all this in you! I’d love to be “insulted” by that $30million offer, wouldn’t you? Geez. At the end of the day, I do have a family to support but oh I’m glad they’re going to have their feet planted in the real world and know exactly how to work their way through tough times when they come!

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    1. George Post author

      Well, every once in a while someone comes along at the wrong time and says something that’s just so inspiring…:)
      Yes, I wouldn’t mind being insulted with an offer that is significantly less than that one…:)

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    1. George Post author

      Thanks, Kelly. Yes, one has to wonder what he thinks at all but he couldn’t have been thinking clearly at that point..:)
      Two of my three daughters have dogs so I thought I’d include them in here for awhile since they’re so good and such good friends. Thanks for appreciating them.

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  2. Kate Crimmins

    I’ve been trying to get my husband (not very athletic at age 72) to play any professional sport for one year so we would have a nice retirement pot. Six months would work too. I remember Allen Iverson. Extremely talented scumbag would couldn’t put a sentence together if his life depended on it. Got thrown out. Last time I heard he was working at low wages having lost his millions on wine, women and God knows what else. Where are their Mamas! Someone has to teach them about life!

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  3. In My Cluttered Attic

    By George, I think you’ve touched on one problem in America that gets very little press. Our beloved national sports stars are finding it harder and harder to survive in this economy on these meager incomes. For example; NBA players are finding it difficult to choose between buying the new Converse shoe, if it means they are forced to shell out for a high priced Niki just to go to work in! I mean this is like asking us commoners to choose between buying a high end tennis shoe from WalMart, which would last a week, or cave in and settle for a high price Payless shoe which will only last me a day. I can’t stand seeing what the economy is doing to these pillars of society. Its so sad. It is a marvelous thing you’re doing, George. I’m surprised no one else has shed light on this injustice before now. :@)

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    1. George Post author

      Lol…yes, Paul. Now I feel bad for being so hard on this poor soul. Next time I should be more compassionate. After all, 100 million is difficult to get by on during there trying times. I’m glad you showed my the way..:)

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    1. George Post author

      Thanks, Van. Yes their reality is much different than the rest of us. For the most part they’ve been pampered most of their lives. That why the transition after playing is so difficult for many of them. They don’t know how to function in society.

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  4. Ann Coleman

    Well said! And I couldn’t agree more. It’s an insult to all the people who are struggling to raise their family on a regular salary, if not less. As an aside, I loved the insert with the two German Shepherds…

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  5. Naptimewriting

    I really, really, really don’t know what I’d do with that money. I have no idea how to spend that much.
    Taxes make it $5 million. You save 90%, naturally, so there’s half a million left for one year. You already own your house outright, I’m guessing, and your retirement is fully funded. So…um…$45,000 a month. Food is, say $3,000 if you cook at home? Utilities on a mansion have to be $2,000 a month. Medical expenses, including massages, are $2,000 a month. School is free. Cable is $50 a month. Full time nanny is $5,000 a month, and maybe you need two…$10,000 a month. High end insurance is $200 a month. You’re up to maybe $18,000 a month. You want to eat out, you’re going to have to make do with the $27,000 that’s left.
    Phew. That does sound tough. $27,000 a month disposable income. I don’t know how he’s going to make it.

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    1. George Post author

      I haven’t seen it broken down like that but you’re right. You really have to work hard to think about ways to spend that much money each month.

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  6. granmato5girls

    Reblogged this on granmato5girls and commented:
    Amen! George you hit the nail right on the head. Their are kids starving in this country and these guys and movie stars bragging on the red carpet about their $300,000,00 dresses , make me crazy! Wear a dress from Taret and give the rest of the money to St.Judes,(or Sloan Kettering) or Wounded Warriors. If you can’t live comfortbly on 6 Million try living in the real world for awhile.

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