As you’ll probably recall, word came yesterday that on the heels of his weekend Twitpic of his new tattoos, what definitely appeared to be marijuana next to him, and the subsequent seemingly despondent Tweets*, Michael Beasley checked into a Houston-area rehab clinic with former NBA player John Lucas. Time to get the life back on track? We’ll see.
It also remains to be seen the extent to which Beasley’s life was off the tracks in the first place, and that’s something that Beasley’s father, Michael Beasley Sr., is now questioning. We’re not sure why Beasley The Elder was on the “Jorge Sedano Show” on 790 WAXY-AM in Miami - maybe because he’s the first result on Twitter when you search for “Michael Beasley” - but there he was this morning, offering a little insight onto a situation that spiraled far out of control in a hurry.
First, on the subject of where the pressure stems from:
He talks about how it’s a job now; you know, in college, there wasn’t a lot of pressure on him, so he could go out and play. But now, he’s got high expectations, and it’s work now. I think that’s the thing that’s stressful for him, going from playing 30 games to 82 games plus the playoffs, so it probably took a toll on him.
Then after admitting he only knows a couple of people in Beasley’s entourage (whom he speaks of quite highly, it’s worth noting), he puts the onus back on Beasley’s own life choices as the reason for the apparent breakdown.
SEDANO: It’s been talked about … that maybe the way the team handled him, being so strict on him, could have been - not the sole reason, but part of the reason that made his transition difficult. Do you think that’s the case?
BEASLEY: No … you have to abide by team rules, and I don’t think that it was just him. … [A] lot of other guys had to do the same thing. So I don’t think it’s that. I really think the overwhelming responsibility of being a father, I think that’s kind of catching up with him.
So he’s overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation in front of him, both on and off the court, and he’s trying to smoke his way through it? Lord knows Beasley the Younger’s not the first person to go through life like that - hell, Judd Apatow’s written more than a couple characters like that, and most people know a few friends with that approach.
But most people like that don’t have employers who are heavily invested in that person working their way out of such funks of immaturity and irresponsibility, which is why the Heat were instrumental in directing Beasley to Houston. Perhaps it’s chemical. Perhaps it’s just something Beasley needs to work through. We’ll probably figure out which soon enough.
*”Despondent Tweets” is a rather unfortunate term, and probably indicative of a chief reason why the service still struggles to be taken seriously: the childish terminology. Can we get someone other than a 4-year-old to name things on the Internet, please? Between “blogs” and “tweets,” I feel like e-mail’s going to get renamed “Jar Jar Binks” by the end of September.