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Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:45 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 8:46 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Saints RB Reggie Bush really was trying to make a joke Monday on Twitter, he’d do well to remember one thing: sarcasm rarely comes through in that social medium.

On his Twitter account, Bush wrote “Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!” and “Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing.’

A few minutes later, he tweeted the following: “FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you.”

In between, Bush got lambasted by people because A) playing and practicing football was, you know, his job and B) they didn’t appreciate the term “slaving.”

But there’s potentially a larger problem at play here other than football fans getting upset about something so trivial that a utility running back off-handedly wrote. In the court system, the NFLPA is trying to argue that the NFL owners locking them out are causing the players irreparable harm, and that's a big reason why the District Court granted an injunction to lift the lockout. It’s a little tougher to argue that point when the owners’ lawyers can point to a tweet by Bush that says, “I’m good!” 

Sarcasm or not, it just wasn’t a good idea.

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Comments

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:28 am
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

Good grief. There is nothiing to get upset about in this guy's twee!



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:02 am
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

i guess freedom of speech dont exist anymore. go american media. and americans wonder why our kids are fucked in the head



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:47 am
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

Armchair,

You lost me at "hello"....  what's say we invoke the Twitter rule here also - 140 chars or less...



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:24 am
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

HEY RaceCard Maggots, Nobody pulled me aside and said I got something you didn't because I am white. This has nothing to do with race. Blacks please get down from the cross and see that the America Dream is there for you too. Travel to Asia and The Middle East and you can still see slavery there. Maybe you should cry somewhere else or make a stand against something other than a few people thinking something bad about you because they are racist, you don't need them anyway. Knock it off already! Nobody you know ever knew anybody that was a slave, THE PAST!!!!!!



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:21 am
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

Or you could stop being an anti-white racist.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:01 am
 

@ cowboynutshane

You wrote: "You mean to tell me that if Brian Urlacher or Peyton Hillis had tweeted the same thing, this would not be a story?  You are Naive,...."

No, you are-let me show you how.  Back when Brett Favre's father died and Favre announced he wasn't going to miss a game and played that Monday night, I was working for a doctor's office. I asked a white female co-worker of mine who she was pulling for that night Green Bay or the opponent.

She answered she was pulling for Green Bay because Favre's father died-that's it. She didn't mention anything else other than his father's death making her root for Green Bay. I initially thought it was odd to pull for a team for that reason, but then I realized that it was deeper than that, for her she saw HERSELF in Favre, she empathized with him because she saw HERSELF, she saw HER FATHER, that is, she projected how she would feel were that her.

That's why it would be different if Urlacher, Hillis or some other white athlete had said what Bush said, white sportswriters and fans can more easily see THEMSELVES in the comments and would more readily rationalize them away as harmless, not sinister. 
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I'll give you another example Erik Ainge, the QB who's admitted to substance abuse addiction, was helped several times, his admission, by cops when caught either drunk or high. Ainge has related how after being caught high by the cops, they would take him home with the idea of letting him sleep it off. Now, why would they do that? Could it possibly be or rather can YOUR mind possibly allow for the fact that those cops saw either their younger selves or symbolically, their sons in Ainge and got a soft spot in their heart?
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Do you get my point now? When black athletes say or do something fans/whites don't like-many of you act as though the guy is some alien doing something inconceivable, incomprehensible to you. Reggie Bush made a stupid joke about chilling during the lockout and far too many white fans act as though it's the end of the world. What's infuriating to me is they are egged on by an antagonistic article written by a sportswriter. Equally irritating is the frequency of the act, here lately everytime a black athlete, particularly, says something quotable-here comes an article slamming the guy for saying it with the obligatory bunch of comments from the enjoining thread also eviscerating the guy.

As far as I'm concerned, it's being done purposefully-to try to control athletes and to show black athletes in the worst possible light.
You can disagree, that's your right, but it's not naive to think so, it's human.
As human as the sense of empathy a white female football fan can have with the death of Brett Favre's father. As human as how the cops who stopped/caught Erik Ainge can see either themselves or their children in Ainge and decide to give him a break by not arresting him.

So when you write what you did, you're trying to convince me of the impossible-that whites aren't human and do not possess either a soft spot for others going through something they can relate to or are incapable of developing one. You'll never convince me of that. Never. Your race is as human as mine-warts and all-you're no more noble than I am. So, this deluded self-belief that only you and your race are the only noble race, incapable of having hidden agendas when reporting, as sportswriters, on the misdeeds, missteps and offhand comments and jokes of black athletes.....PUH-LEEZE.... I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn that you can buy with snake oil.




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

japerry75 love the post, yeah you right. 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

draft - LOL!)

He has talent, but played in a college conference w/ no defense & had some ridiculous stats @ USC. (Houston Texans are loving life that they didn't spend the #1 pick on him) He's pretty much a lock to get cut by the 'aints this year (Ingram w/ the 1st round pick solidified that). It's a shame that he's locked out of USC because that is where his legacy will stay & no one is going to pay him the $10 million that the 'aints would have paid him after he is cut.


I'm sure that he will have a lot of success in reality shows after his NFL career of being a 2 down back & punt returner is over. I just pray that the Bucs don't try to pick him up. Good luck in the future w/ more tweets about avoiding workouts while your market value plummets. (typo on plummets)



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Bush draws criticism for 'relaxing' tweets

Over-rated & Over-hyped. (Heck, Ray Perkins had him pegged as a future NFL Hall of Famer before the draft - LOL!)

He has talent, but played in a college conference w/ no defense & had some ridiculous stats @ USC. (Houston Texans are loving life that they didn't spend the #1 pick on him) He's pretty much a lock to get cut by the 'aints this year (Ingram w/ the 1st round pick solidified that). It's a shame that he's locked out of USC because that is where his legacy will stay & no one is going to pay him the $10 million that the 'aints would have paid him after he is cut.


I'm sure that he will have a lot of success in reality shows after his NFL career of being a 2 down back & punt returner is over. I just pray that the Bucs don't try to pick him up.  Good luck in the future w/ more tweets about avoiding workouts while your market value pulmets.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:18 pm
 

To Obongo, Cowboy and Etmaniac Pt.2

Continued....

Despite what posters such as you three think-there is a double-standard.

Then one of you has the nerve, the gall, to talk ish about "naive"- You know what's naive? Whites who think this country's racial issues are over and outrageously believe that somehow all whites, including ones they don't know-could NEVER have some ulterior racial motive. Unless you actually do, none of you three knows what makes the writer of this article tick. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S ON WHITE SPORTSWRITER'S MINDS NOR DO YOU KNOW THEIR MOTIVATIONS.  

Everytime any athletes says something, anything  it should not be thought of as opportunity for a sportswriter to attempt to embarrass the guy. Reggie Bush's comments were harmless....until a sportswriter got ahold of them and like a gossiping girl, made a story out of nothing.

I spun my comments toward the antagonistic storylines developed by sportswriters about ATHLETES, not just the black ones. I find it strange that athletes particularly the black ones, humour reporters who clearly don't mean them any good, who take a joke and make a mountain out of a molehill.



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