The Warriors lost Game 3, and if you're looking for the worst performer of the night, your eyes will stop on Draymond Green's boxscore - 2/4/3 (yep, that's two points, four rebounds, and three assists).
Maybe in an attempt to draw attention away from her husband's bad performance, Hazel Renee, Draymond's wife, called out the Celtics fans and the NBA for "chanting obscenities at players." She topped the ridiculous, hypocritical, out-of-touch post with a hilarious "Warriors fans would never." Really?
View from the high horse
One of the best parts of player empowerment is the fact players now have the power to call out fans who step over the line with hate speech, racial slurs, and other behavior in that vein.
But as we know, with power comes responsibility. Just because you have the power to kick out anyone who says or does something you don't like doesn't mean you should do so - or demand it on social media.
I vehemently disagree - ask anyone who's participated in a basketball game, and they'll tell you obscenities are a fundamental part of the game, and fans are a crucial part of the process. I know players would agree; look up their quotes from the bubble and what it was like to play in empty arenas.
Let me stick to the examples given in the post. F-bombs are a no-brainer; they are fair game. Bi**h and motherfu***r are more of a case-by-case basis, and it depends on the context. But I understand if some people would find them to be too much.
Speaking of context, if you have a passionate plea for justice, your consistency is quite important - it goes to credibility. That's why “Warriors fans would NEVER” wins the day out of all the hypocritical elements of this post.
Yeah, they never would.
Speaking of context
The ”Warriors would NEVER” part isn't the only reason Ms. Renee should get off her high horse. There's a reason you'll struggle to find examples of "whole crowd/sections" chanting similar things to Steph for example. Even though he dances and shimmies, Steph Curry never gets such treatment.
But her significant other is one of the loudest, most arrogant, abrasive trash talkers and taunters in the Association. And as always, as much as you want to dish it out, you have to be ready to receive. So if Ayesha Curry made such a post, maybe I'd get it. But Draymond Green's wife? Lol.
Are they not human?
Yes, they are. Again, racial slurs and hate speech have no place anywhere, sports venues included. But do you wonder why we only get a heavily edited version of mic'd up?
It's because the level of sexism, homophobia, and profanities used would shock a lot of people. Now, if you asked the players, they'd probably say it's just locker room talk, and they don't really mean it. "You'd have to be a player to understand." Anyone who casually plays hoops understands, and so do fans. So to pretend Draymond and most players haven's said worse to opponents is ridiculous.
I guess when fans chant to players, they are dehumanizing them. When Green and others do it to their opponents (and sometimes teammates), they don't. Was LeBron human when Draymond punched him in the nuts? How about Durant when Draymond called him a bi**h? Are the players Green catches with an elbow or a moving screen human? That's also against the rules. But then again, when Draymond does it, it's sportsmanship. "Whatever it takes to win," right? Actually, the nut punching is kind of Draymond's trademarked move.
When fans drop f-bombs and a few mf-ers, it's dehumanizing and insulting. They should care just as much to pay for League Pass, cable packages, watch all the commercials, and buy tickets and jerseys, but not that much to feel they get to participate, support their team, and sometimes enter the gray zone to help their team out by provoking the opposing team's players into mistakes.
Kids at the game
Taking your kids to a game and being shocked they hear an f-bomb is ridiculous. Taking them to an away Finals game and then being appalled about profanities is, well, the words that come to mind would cross the line, so I'll leave you to fill the blank.
This is like you take your kids to a bar and then are shocked people didn't stop drinking alcohol because your kids are there. It turns out you are not the sun of the social universe - it doesn't revolve around you.
Not all parents have jobs that are cool for "bring your kids to work day." If you don't want your children exposed to profanities, don't bring them to games. Unlike most kids in this group, they can watch their dad on TV.
Audacity - rude or disrespectful behavior; impudence
Here are the synonyms for audacity - presumption, nerve, impudence, gall, sass, chutzpah.
Yeah, the NBA has the audacity of placing the code of conduct info on each seat but doesn't throw out an entire section of the crowd when they drop f-bombs. Apart from f-bombs being an accepted part of a game experience, I'm not sure Ms. Renee would want the NBA to suddenly become consistent in applying its rules.
It is quite audacious to make such a post when your husband tampered to bring Kevin Durant to the Warriors, is a client of a sports agency in which LeBron James has no conflict of interest, makes his living within an association that preaches social justice but makes billions in China, and is friends with athletes that make a bit more on the side selling and promoting products made by workers in countries with suspicious human and worker rights standards.
It's hard to say you "weren't educated" about things when there's such a good view from a high horse.