Artest Blames Howard’s Anthem Rant on Education

Derek Jeter was right: the cell phone is the bane of the modern pro athlete. Then again, Jeter isn’t stupid enough to get caught slamming the National Anthem on a cell phone video that is going to then be uploaded to YouTube and seen by millions of people. It would take a real idiot to have something like that happen.

Josh Howard Mavericks

Why hello, Josh Howard! THE SPORTING NEWS reports that the talented but troubled Mavericks player is in hot water again after video has surfaced of him at Allen Iverson’s charity flag football event in July saying he doesn’t “celebrate” the National Anthem because he’s black, and then mumbles something unintelligible about Barack Obama. You can watch for yourself after the jump:

I don’t know what in the world Howard was saying about Obama - but I’m pretty sure that he’s also not going to be wearing a US flag lapel pin any time soon.

At least his owner is standing by him: Mark Cuban tells the DALLAS MORNING-NEWS that the issue has already been dealt with, but the team is going to be undergoing some media training on being funny with a cell phone camera. As in, “don’t”:

Owner Mark Cuban said the Mavericks dealt with Howard’s flag football episode after it happened in July.

“That said, we will be going through some advanced communication-skill sessions together this training camp,” Cuban said Tuesday. “I have explained to him that cellphone cameras are not your friend and that what you think you said on camera is never what people will hear when it shows up on YouTube or TV.

“There is only one universal response that works: ‘Both teams played hard’.”

Also acceptable: “We gave 110 percent effort” and “We’re taking it one game at a time.” However, “Death to America” is probably not such a great idea.

You know you’re in trouble when Ron Artest is saying you are out of line. Sam Amick of the SACRAMENTO BEE says the loony King-turned-Rocket e-mail him out of the blue to offer his take on the situation:

 ”I think josh howards comment is a reflection on education. I think the schools need to teach deeper in the history classes and make the students aware of racism but also teach them that all people are not bad.

“I can relate to not feeling wanted by my own country at times but as I dug deeper I realized that America is divided and we need leaders to bring America closer together. An example where I felt unwanted by my country was when I didn’t get a chance to tryout for my national team. I believed it was because my history.

I hope he overcomes this.

Family 1st”

That’s just great. Somehow Artest manages to turn this situation around in the the course of one paragraph to be about how he was shafted because he was left off of the Olympic team AND completely oversimplifies the problems of race in America by saying we just need to teach that “all people are not bad.” I wish I could write - or think - like Ron Artest. My life would be a much simpler (if not calmer) place.

Family 1st.

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