There are some truly amazing stories here, and the one that caught my eye was the story of one man’s struggle to overcome the hatred he felt towards the Miami HEAT.
In a world of celebrities and fans, it’s easy to forget that a person is out there who has not just a desire to be popular, but a deep-seated hatred of the team and its fans.
It’s no surprise that there are so many people who are so quick to condemn anyone who dares to say they hate the Heat, even when that person is actually the one they were referring to in the first place.
While it’s certainly understandable that people are uncomfortable with discussing this, I find it fascinating that it’s the same people who feel the need to mock those who are actually being affected by this issue that feel the same way.
One of the best pieces of analysis I’ve seen in the past few weeks came from a writer for The Daily Beast, who wrote a story about a man named Brandon Sorenson who went to the NBA Players Association to speak with an NBA commissioner about his issues with the Heat.
Sorenson was approached by Commissioner Adam Silver, who informed him that the league was not willing to make any changes in the way it handles issues of player safety.
“There was a lot of talk about me being a black athlete, but I didn’t really understand the concept of that,” Sorenss told The Daily Caller.
“I don’t know why that was even a problem, because it’s not.
I’m not a black man.”
Sorenss then went on to explain why he was upset with the league for making the decision to not address his concerns.
“[A]s long as the Heat’s brand is in the NBA, there’s nothing wrong with us, and it’s OK for us to be in the league.
The only problem is, the fans don’t get it,” he continued.
“It’s really not about me.
It’s really about the fans, the league and the fans.
The fans don, in my opinion, get it a little bit more.
And I know the Heat are getting a little pushback for that.
I know they’re not happy with me.
I understand that.
But what I think the league’s doing is making me feel like I’m second-class.”
The story ended with Sorenks words, “The only problem with me is that I don’t have a team.”
And it’s because of that very lack of understanding that he felt the need for an outlet to share his frustration with Silver.
He was eventually told that Silver would be addressing the issue, but that the NBA would not make any major changes to the way they handle player safety issues.
The lack of transparency and communication is something that I have never seen before.
And for that, I am truly thankful.