Etan Thomas Criticizes the Sports Media, Over a Beat
A couple years back, Etan Thomas had a little back-and-forth with the local media over its coverage of his heart condition, which ended up costing him about a year of his NBA career.
First there was this interview with Dave Zirin in which he criticized the "mountains of poorly written, heartless, inconsiderate, writers whose only concern is to sell papers at any cost" and who "don't want little nuisances like facts to get in the way of a good story."
Ivan Carter then answered in his blog, furiously writing that Thomas had misconstrued his reporting, and telling Thomas to "get your facts straight before you question the integrity of another human being." At which point, Thomas wrote an open letter to Carter, telling Ivan "the way you covered this entire situation was not only cold but irresponsible. I don't expect you to apologize because you don't feel like you did anything wrong. You were just doing your job. Well, maybe that's the problem."
That was almost two years ago. I figured it was all over. Not so fast.
See, Thomas and DerMarr Johnson collaborated on a track, talking about how each of them had overcome traumatic health issues. (Johnson was in a serious accident.) They recently played the track on Zirin's satellite radio show, Edge of Sports. (Listen here. You won't be sorry.) And while Thomas's verse is focused on the sports media in general, it's hard not to think of his feud with Ivan when hearing spoken word passages like this:
They are not hopping out of priestly robes no matter how much the power of the pen ascends upon them.
They're still blending truth with fiction for the sole purpose of winning over the reader's attention.
Newspapers force reporters to do the dirty work for The System as they Condoleeza Rice them.
Never mind if what they're writing is the truth or based on factual evidence;
As long as sales remain prevalent they get a gold star.
Rather than passing judgments they should be asking questions;
Gathering facts before lashing out baseless opinions.
You would think knowing would be half the battle but G.I. Joe they're not.
They tried to insert doubt into my reality
Leave me tapping out like I'm Savion Glover;
Throwing in the towel like I can't take another hit.
Words of discouragement and doubt would flood the pages like broken levees;
Constant reminders of odds stacked against me.
They tried to enlist me in their army of negativity but I kept ignoring their platters like they were offering pork.
See, storks couldn't bring me bundles of joy more precious than the power from above;
It's over their heads like halos.
They couldn't understand that I'd found the golden ticket;
Call me Charlie, and my factory hasn't been condemned.
I've got a quicker picker upper stronger than Bounty to clean up the filth from their pen;
It sends strength from within my soul to grant me wishes without rubbing on a lamp.
Their words of doubt did not defeat me;
I'm standing with two hands in the air like Rudy Huxtuble winning a game of checkers screaming King Me, King Me.
It goes on from there.
Anyhow, we're all extremely happy for Etan that he's able to resume his career. And I'm all for artistic expression wherever it comes. I guess the only thing I'd tell him is this: no matter how many times Ivan Carter blogged about him, sales--very sadly--have not remained prevalent. Bad media news has flooded the pages like broken levees. Anyhow, we don't get paid by the click, and a lot of writers--including Ivan--have always preferred not even to know their traffic numbers, ignoring them. You know, like platters of pork.
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