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Veremeenko's Tattoo

Thanks to an e-mail from a reader whose name I forgot, I just took at former Wiz draft pick and possibly future Wiz big man Vladimir Veremeenko's arm tattoo. It is baffling, to say the least. What in the world is the best basketball player in Belarus doing with a "W.W.J.D." tattoo on his left arm? And is that a basketball bracelet hanging around the praying hands, presumably around the hands of Jesus?

Now all he needs is a giant tiger head across his chest.

Transliterating such things back and forth from Cyrillic might be tricky, but I would think the WWJD question would be asked differently in that language, something like "CH.I.D.," once you've transliterated back into the Roman alphabet. So, why didn't he get the question in Cyrillic script? Do many Belarussians rock the WWJD look? Will he be wearing Gametyme apparel when he arrives stateside? And once you consider the basketball pendant, is the image sacrilegious or spiritual? This just begs so many questions. Here's hoping Vlad shows up for Summer League in Vegas, so someone can ask.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 11:29 AM ET
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Who's Jesus?

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | June 4, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The next Spanish superstar we sign who will never play here.

Posted by: bryc3 | June 4, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Dan, the Post won't pay for you to go to Vegas? You can try to convince Ovechkin to go with you and act as your personal translator. Maybe Ted Leonsis would even foot the bill!

Posted by: TG | June 4, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks to an e-mail from a reader whose name I forgot..."

I help you break the biggest basketball-rosary-tattoo-on-a-7-ft-Belarussian story of your career and you can't even check your email so I can get some props?

Dead to me, that's what you are.

Well, at least until I need another 15 minute break from work, then all is forgiven.

Posted by: Sam | June 4, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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