Spanish B-Baller: No Hablo Inglés … Just Kidding

I think it’s safe to say the entire Olympic experience has been something of a letdown for the Spanish basketball team. First there was the whole “hey, look at us, we’re racists!” photo shoot, followed up by getting thoroughly waxed on the court courtesy of the Americans, 119-82.

Juan Carlos Navarro, Pau Gasol

After the U.S. throttling, BOSTON GLOBE reporter Marc Spears, on the scene in Beijing, sought to interview some of the Spanish players. Funny thing: they wanted nothing to do with the American media in light of recent events (up to and including getting their arse handed to them).

Guard Juan Carlos Navarro, formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, did make himself available to the Spanish media, however, and after he was done answering their preguntas, Spears cornered him for a question. Awkward hilarity ensued:

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Spain’s Oly B-Ball Team Poses for Offensive Photo

There’s nothing more immature or less worldly than making fun of Asians by putting your hands at the corners of your eyes. But that’s what the Spanish Olympic basketball team did, posing for a slit-eyed photo in Spain’s best-selling newspaper just before the Games began.

As THE GUARDIAN says, no one in the ad (above) seems have to recognized how offensive it would seem.

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