Can Josh Shaw please come to the front of the Church? The congregation would like to have a word with you. If you don’t know the name Josh Shaw, I’m going to fill you in. Josh Shaw is a cornerback for the University of Southern California and before this week, he had a sterling reputation as a student, an athlete, and a pillar of his community. The reason I say until this week is because he turned up on campus with two sprained ankles that he stated occured when he dove off a second story balcony to save his 7 year old nephew from drowning. The problem with a story like that is it can be disproven if it’s not the truth, and well Shaw wasn’t telling the damn truth.
What we do know is that Shaw has two sprained ankles, and according to Shaw he fell, but there was no 7 year old nephew, no pool, and he isn’t a damn hero. I don’t know why these college kids have to lie. I would think these kids would learn from the mess that was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his imaginary girlfriend, and keep it 100 with the coaches, media, and fans because whatever story you’re trying to hide will eventually come to the light. Now that Shaw has been outted as a liar, he’s been suspended from the team. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has removed Shaw from the team, but allows that he can return at a point in time. If you follow college sports, you’d know that stances like Sarkisian’s isn’t new. Coaches put a player on ice, until they need him. The second Shaw’s ankles heal up, he’ll be back on the team. Count it.
Unfortunately, for USC, and head coach Sarkisian, Shaw is the least of his problem. This week former USC running back Anthony Brown called his former head coach a racist. In a post on Instagram, which has since be deleted, “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office… can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #FightOn”. Brown allegedly quit on the team on August 21st, after some disappointing seasons with the team. Of course current and former players have rallied to Sarkesian’s cause, while Anthony Brown has gone on silent mode, but it seems clear to me that Brown didn’t hear what he wanted to hear from the coach, and instead of manning up and taking it, he bounced. Emotions make a man do crazy things, but I hope Brown didn’t shoot off at the mouth and burn a bridge because he was butthurt that he won’t leave an impact at USC. Now, I don’t know if Sark is a racist, and I honestly don’t give a damn, but I hope for his sake no other players or administrators he’s dealt with in his career comes out and defend Anthony Brown. For if they do, it’ll make an already rocky time for the USC Trojans even rockier. Fight on?
You know what? While I’m calling Josh Shaw and Anthony Brown out to the front of the church, allow me to call Manny Pacquiao out to. The congregation would like to have a word with your crazy ass Pacman. Why am I calling Manny out to the front pew? Hmm… let me explain. Manny Pacquiao is a basketball fanatic. If you watch any of his HBO 24/7 specials before one of his fights, you will very well see that Manny likes to train for his fights by playing basketball. It keeps him in shape. Well, Pacquiao recently became player/coach for the newly formed Kia Sorentos of the Phillipine Basketball Association. Pacquiao was initially the coach of the team but he drafted himself with the 10th overall pick of the PBA Draft. Yup, Pacquiao is adding player/coach to his already full schedule of being a congressman, singer, and the thing that pays him the most amount of money: boxer.
Crazy Manny the basketball player has decided to court a man just as crazy, if not crazier than himself: Ron Artest a.k.a. Metta World Peace a.k.a. The Panda’s Friend. If you actually read this blog you’d know that Ron is on his way to China to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales but it’s Manny’s sincere hope that Ron will join the team after the Chinese Basketball Association season ends in late February/early March. Manny and Ron are friends, so I will not be surprised once Ron heads over to the Phillipines to play ball with the 5’6″ Manny Pacquiao. I can’t lie. I can’t wait until ESPN 3 starts streaming the Phillipine Basketball Association so I can see Manny running and gunning for his Kia team while coaching them. It seems interesting actually, but until then he needs to bring his ass up front. We need a word.
This blog is going to be real short, but before I go I’d like to wish the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago a happy 52nd Anniversary of Independence. On August 31 1962, T&T received independence from Great Britain, and it has gone 52 years strong since. As a son of immigrants from Trinidad, I can’t feel more proud to rep a place that I call home. Despite being born and raised in New York City, I’ve always had a strong love for Trinidad and Tobago, and a strong bond with my roots, my heritage, and my parentage. So, Sweet T&T, I will wear my red, white, and black proudly, and although I’m not there, I will salute you today, tomorrow, and forever more. Happy Independence!!
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