Monday, November 2, 2009

The Real RJ Story

So last night Richard Jefferson finally had a break out night with the Spurs (even though it was overshadowed by a batty incident) scoring 21 points. One of the intriguing stories to watch this season is whether RJ will push the Spurs over the top this year before the rest of the team croaks because of old age.

But perhaps the more intriguing story with RJ, the son of Christian missionaries, is the story from this summer when he pulled the plug on a wedding to dancer Kesha Ni'Cole Nichols two hours before the ceremony.

At least he was legit enough to give his boys the AMEX for the night to make up for it. (He also allegedly gave Ni'Cole a very legit payday to make amends.)

Upon reading this story I came away with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I feel bad for the humiliation that the girl suffered and it seems that RJ did not carry himself with any class. On the other hand, I'm sure RJ had his reasons and probably better to opt out earlier rather than later. Indeed, one could make the case that aside from the humiliation, both sides might even be better off: RJ without making a mistake, and Ni'Cole given the payday.

My most conflicted feelings come from whether this should shape my impression of RJ as a player. One might say, let his game speak for itself, but it is impossible for me to separate this story from whether he is able to take the Spurs to the finals. But come the spring, I might be singing a different tune.

I suppose the same issues apply to a Mister Robert Sylvester Kelly.

3 comments:

Bhel Atlantic said...

People with money, whether they be athletes, entertainers, or financiers, act differently from regular folks. The moneyed believe (i) they are better than the masses, (ii) normal rules of decency don't govern them, and (iii) a fistful of cash can solve any problem.

Witness the sorrowful saga of Antoine Walker, who never met a problem he couldn't solve with a few rolls of bills.

Back to Jefferson, an additional complicating factor is the longstanding rumor that he is gay. I'm not sure what prompted such talk, other than his moderately high-pitched voice. I have no particular knowledge or hunch about his personal orientation, but note that in the NY Post article I linked above, he states that "some people were responsible for the demise" of his relationship with the girl. Too many BFFs spreading scurrilous rumors?

Sachin said...

"People with money, whether they be athletes, entertainers, or financiers, act differently from regular folks. The moneyed believe (i) they are better than the masses, (ii) normal rules of decency don't govern them, and (iii) a fistful of cash can solve any problem."

Bhel? What are you talking about? What is up with these generalities about people with money. This is reverse discrimination if I ever saw it.

Bhel Atlantic said...

I agree, I am speaking about generalities and tendencies.