Haywood on Steph Curry, Drunk Driving, Obama
Brendan Haywood was on Dan Patrick's radio show last week, talking about his own blog and other topics. Highlights will appear in tomorrow's edition of SI; you can read a bit more on the Dan Patrick Show's blog, which also has the audio. The peg was what Haywood had written about Donte Stallworth's sentencing, expressing disbelief that Mike Vick's punishment was harsher, but this being Haywood, there were plenty of other interesting nuggets.
On his passion about drunk driving: "This year I was hit by a drunk driver. My mom was in the car....We were just going over the Anacostia Bridge, man, and a drunk driver came out of nowhere, hit us in the back, spun us out, hit the side thing on the bridge, and bounced back, spun around in traffic. It was crazy, it was very scary, and it was just due to one person's negligence and somebody thinking that their right to have a good time was more important than our lives."
On any injuries: "The Lord was there, so no one was hurt. The car was hurt, but the Lord was there, so no one was hurt....I'm not condoning dog fighting, I feel a crime is a crime, but I'm just saying when did the lives of animals become more important than the lives of people?"
On visiting the White House: "I drive by the White House every day, I look at it man, but I have not actually been to the White House. I see D-Wade got the invite, the Bulls got a chance to come by. Man, Obama, you got to have the Wizards to the White House, man, we all want to meet you and go see the White House."
On how Gilbert would react to Steph Curry: "Gilbert wouldn't care. A lot of the stuff with Gilbert Arenas is all smoke and mirrors. A lot of people think that he's this weird type of guy. Gilbert Arenas is crazy like a fox, and he knows everything he's doing, and he would love to have Stephen Curry on the team. Because a guy that can catch and shoot opens up space for Gilbert Arenas, and he knows that."
On whom he'd take between Curry and Ty Lawson: "I'd have to go with the Carolina guy, I'd have to go with Ty Lawson. Just because with the injuries to Gilbet Arenas, I realized how important it is to have somebody that gets down that lane and distributes to teammates, guys like myself, Jamison, Caron Bulter. When Gilbert left, we kind of missed that last year, that distributor, and Ty Lawson is a great distributor, and I I know that if something happened to Gil, we would need that. So I'd say Ty Lawson."
On whether he runs his blogs by the Wiz: "Nah, I don't. have you seen some of Gilbert Arenas's blogs? Obviously not. Gil will write about anything, so obviously there's no censorship, even though I did get some calls that some people were a little offended that I was saying stuff about Vick and this and that. Like I said, I'm saying this right now on the Dan Patrick Show: I don't condone dog fighting. I do condone second chances. On my blog, I said Vick deserves a second chance....I believe that once you lose your hundred-million dollar contract and you spend two years in jail, I believe that's enough. That's just my opinion, though."
On how he would respond if the team wanted to vet his entries: "I wouldn't like it, but they're my employer, so I'd have to give it some serious thought. At the end of the day, when you work for a company, you have to go by the company's rules....It would seem like censorship and something silly, especially because I'm not saying everybody should go fight dogs. No, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that's a hideous crime and he should have been punished, but at the same time he deserves a second chance. If drug dealers get second chances, if rapists can get out of jail, Mike Vick should get a chance to get out of jail and pursue a football career."
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