Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Douglas-Roberts refuses to join bin Laden-palooza, angry tweets ensue
Last night’s news of Osama bin Laden’s untimely demise (a.k.a. death-by-Navy Seal) found America briefly united in relief and celebration. Like so many monumental news events these days, it was especially entertaining to follow the breaking story on Twitter, where opinions ranged from “FUCK YEAH!” to “FUCK YEAH! #USA” Still, there were a few humorless tweeting kill-joys out there—the 21st century equivalent of people who make it a point to tell you they don’t own a TV. But who would have guessed that Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Douglas-Roberts would be one of them? (Hint: Not us.)
Last night, Douglas-Roberts tweeted the following attempt (now deleted) at a three-point shot: “It took 919,967 deaths to kill that one guy. ... It took 10 years & 2 Wars to kill that...guy. It cost us (USA) roughly $1,188,263,000,000 to kill that guy. But we #winning though. Haaaa. (Sarcasm).”
As you might expect, a united, fist-pumping, and beach ball-tossing America didn’t take too kindly to Douglas-Roberts non-“WOOOOO!!!” comments. According to basketball fan site SBNation.com, things soon got ugly:
“When his account got flooded with negative feedback, he asked, ‘Whatever happened to our freedom of speech? That’s the problem. We don’t want to hear anything that isn’t our perspective.’ Then he clarified his perspective, ‘What I’m sayin has nothing to do with 9/11 or that guy. I still feel bad for the 9/11 families but I feel EQUALLY bad for the war families.’”
So what was that “negative feedback?” Oh, just stuff like “shut your dumb fucking mouth. you are not intelligent enough to speak on the subject. God bless America and U.S. military.” Yeah, shut your yap, Douglas-Roberts. We just killed a guy!
It’s important to remember that while there are some Negative Nancies commenting on last night’s news, the majority of Americans are indeed united in thoughtful reflection and celebration. It’s also important to remember that contrary to your smart-ass Facebook friends, most Americans are aware that the death of bin Laden is largely symbolic. The real dilemma of course, is this: Should Douglas-Roberts be chastised for his remarks, or should sports stars just be barred from the internet altogether?