Royce White's Twitter Rant: 10 Ignorant Replies
Inquisitive tweeters, while no less ignorant than the angry ones, are always fun. Like this guy who poses the poignant, hard-hitting question as to why Royce White chose to play basketball:
@highway_30 Question if you know that the NBA has a vigorous traveling schedule why become a professional basketball player?— Rogelio Solis (@Publius13) November 14, 2012
Gee, I dunno, let me think...the money, the women, the adulation, the money, the free shit, the five star hotels, the money....
Now, this guy has so little patience for Royce White that it took him a three tweet mini-barrage to get his point across, which is ironic seeing as he appears to be an anxiety sufferer himself:
@highway_30 ok child I have anxiety and Houston is my birth city, your an embarrassment to my town and team. I don't use anxiety for an— Tyler Jennings (@TylerCJennings) November 14, 2012
@highway_30 excuse for a demotion in the work place. You need to man up.You have a kid to support and a history of theft.— Tyler Jennings (@TylerCJennings) November 14, 2012
My favorite part of that whole tirade was "You have a kid to support and a history of theft," as if someone's criminal history is a reason that they need to get back to work. (NOTE: Royce White was involved in a laptop stealing incident back in college.) Um, Royce, you need to get back on the court before your history of theft consumes you from the inside!
I love this one. Nothing some dude hiding behind his key board calling somebody else an "internet tough guy":
This ugly @highway_30 thinks he should get paid to "be sick". Show us how sick you are by jumping off Toyota Center, internet tough guy.— MasochistMike (@MasochistMike) November 14, 2012
Plenty of proposals to trade Royce White on the internet from aspiring armchair general managers. I think this one was my favorite one. This guy obviously has a very high opinion of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau's acumen:
maybe the Bulls could trade Boozer for @highway_30.I'd take a flyer on him. Thibs could figure it out— Stuart Pidrak (@IWantToGoHigher) November 14, 2012
Yeah, thousands of highly educated, world reknowned doctors can't wrap their arms around anxiety disorder, but Tom Thibodeau can probably has it out. Sorry, when I look at Thibodeau I don't see someone whose brain holds the key to unlock mental illness, I see someone trying not to sweat when he eats.
And finally, it appears that the drunk Aggie who started an airport fight has a Twitter account:
@highway_30 man up and ball you pussy. You're not gonna get paid for sitting on the bench you stupid pussy nigga— Cadillac Don (@NafizzleGbs) November 14, 2012
When the Rockets drafted Royce White, they were fully aware of his condition, so it is right and imperative that they exhaust all avenues to try and make this thing work. It's just common sense, from both a business and a public relations perspective. According to television analyst and former Rockets player Matt Bullard, the team has been holding up its end of the bargain:
"[White's comments show] that he does have, you know, a mental illness, because a lot of the things he's saying don't really match up with the reality as I see it as I'm around the Rockets every day."
Bullard went on to say that the Rockets have arranged for White to get medical attention for his illness every day and he has yet to show up to any of the appointments. Naturally, this turned into another tangent on Royce White's Twitter rampage:
Here's the thing -- at some point, Royce White and the Rockets need to have some functional discourse on this deal. I have no problem with Royce White getting the attention he needs, and I have no problem with the Rockets allowing for special accommodations for him, so long as it doesn't interfere with the team's accomplishing its goals.
My issue with Royce White is that his decision to perch himself atop a social media soap box is the exact opposite of productive discourse. It's the equivalent of standing on the median at Westheimer and Post Oak and screaming into a megaphone. And last I checked, no conflict was ever resolved with one side screaming into a megaphone.
And by the way, where is Royce White's inner circle to tell him to stop tweeting? Where is his family? His agent? How does his publicist hit "SEND" on that statement that threw the Rockets under the bus?
We are not even a month into the Royce White Experiment, and already people are asking the magic question -- is he worth it? And as White presumably makes his trek to the D-League, the evidence continues to pile up one tweet at a time, and the answer to the question becomes more and more obvious.
Like I said before, the answer to that question usually is.
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