A Little to the Right
By Randy M. Cauthron

Taking exception to the level of your offense

Posted Friday, June 10, 2011, at 4:07 PM
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  • Randy, you set up quite a strawman there. First you claim to not understand the distinction between verbal abuse of an official and verbal abuse of a fan. The official is there to officiate the game, and as such his authority must be maintained. To maintain that authority the NBA sent a message that it is not OK to verbally abuse the refs (not that I am in any way condoning verbal abuse of fans or anyone). You then go on to "guess" that the fine would not be as high if some other epithet had been used. You guess? That is the basis of your rant here today, a guess? Do you have any evidence to back up your guess? You certainly did knock down that strawman rather easily. As for Morgan, since I have never found anything he does to be funny I cannot directly speak to his act and how he mocks others. But, unless he ever said that he would kill his son if he showed "white tendencies" or if he showed, "fat tendencies" or "ugly tendencies", etc, then there is not much comparison here either. Mocking a group for humor and suggesting that you would kill you own child do not quite fall into the same category. This entire rant is rather shameful, even for you.

    -- Posted by DaveMunson on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 8:49 AM
  • Are you forgetting Michael Richards. His was not a gay slur and they hung him out to dry. There have been offensive comments made about races, fat people, gays. I think America has become soft. Everyone wants to cry because someone said something bad to them. I'm gay and I could care less was Kobe, Joakim, or Tracy want to say. They are only hurting themselves by saying slanderous things.

    -- Posted by joev on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 2:24 PM
  • Joev, thanks for your input on this issue. My real point here, is rather than sitting around putting weight on which hurtful term is the most offensive, perhaps people should choose to take a little more control over the words that come out of their mouth. It's wise for people to think before they speak and take others into consideration when it comes to unhealthy and misguided biases and prejudices which most often result from personal ignorance.

    -- Posted by randy cauthron on Tue, Aug 2, 2011, at 11:37 AM
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