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#1 Posted : Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:10:53 AM
Barack Obama

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Just cleaning up the bookmarks and found this old classic. Thought I'd post it up for kicks. Still can't believe his comments:

Old ESPN stuff:

MINNEAPOLIS -- The season opener arrived and Latrell Sprewell was still with the Minnesota Timberwolves, unhappy with his contract situation but determined to give the team his best.

Earlier this week, Sprewell lashed out at his lack of an extension -- stirring up criticism by threatening to ask for a trade and suggesting he didn't owe the organization anything this year because it hadn't taken care of him.

His most-maligned comment, "I've got a family to feed," became instant fodder for talk-radio and water-cooler rants. Speaking before Wednesday night's game against the New York Knicks, however, Sprewell did his best to downplay those prior statements.

"The stuff I'm going through is minute compared to a lot of things people go through on a daily basis," he said.

The 34-year-old swingman, who will make $14.6 million this season in the final year of his current deal, blamed media spin for most of the backlash against him. Sprewell's pregame introduction, somewhat surprisingly, brought no audible boos.

"I've never cried poverty," he said. "That's why you have to be careful, as a player, what you say. Certain people like to run with it and use your statements against you. That's exactly what happened in this case."

Commissioner David Stern was among the critics.

"The commissioner has criticized me before," said Sprewell, whose infamous choke of then-Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo in 1997 drew him a year-long suspension. "I'm not really concerned about the commissioner at this point and what he says."

Sprewell threatened to push Minnesota fans' disdain for pariah Stephon Marbury to the background. The former Timberwolves point guard, now with the Knicks, declined comment following the morning shootaround on Sprewell's situation and the matchup with his old team.

"It's just another game to me," Marbury said.

New York's Allan Houston, a teammate of Sprewell's for five seasons, gave a diplomatic analysis.

"I understand what he means by it," Houston said. "He's working hard to do a job. I understand, because I'm doing the same thing he is. But I also understand why a guy making $30,000 a year wouldn't understand."

The Wolves would much rather worry about winning the Western Conference than talk about contracts, but they're squarely behind their teammate.

"We're like brothers in here," said league MVP Kevin Garnett.

Minnesota has no question, either, about this being a distraction.

"His head's going to be in the game," coach Flip Saunders said. "Spree's like all of our players. He's going to give it 100 percent. He's going to play with the same emotion he played with last year, the same emotion he played with three years ago and he'll play with in two weeks."

In an unrelated twist to this soap opera, Sprewell was given a misdemeanor citation Tuesday night for arguing with a Minneapolis police officer after the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over.

Though he wondered Wednesday why owner Glen Taylor hasn't "taken any steps" to meet with him about his contract, Sprewell insisted there was no rift between him and vice president Kevin McHale.

"I think he understands my position," Sprewell said. "He's just doing his job to save the team as much money as possible. It's my job to get as much as I can."

Taylor said there were no new developments on a deal.

Sprewell, who has assumed negotiation responsibilities from agent Robert Gist, wants at least a two-year extension. He denied earlier reports that he wouldn't accept a yearly salary less than what he's getting now. A pay cut is possible.

"I'll be open to it -- looking at everything," Sprewell said. "I wouldn't want to. It's part of negotiating."

Here's taking the piss:

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--The contract battle between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Latrell Sprewell heated up yesterday as Sprewell refused to feed his family until his contractual demands are met. The 34-year-old forward is in the last year of his deal and looking for an extension worth around $14 million per year. He claimed that any less would prevent him from feeding his family.

“I told you I needed to feed my family,” Sprewell said at a press conference yesterday. “They offered me 3 years at $21 million. That’s not going to cut it. And I’m not going to sit here and continue to give my children food while this front office takes money out of my pocket. If [owner Glen] Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you’re going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials soon.”

Sprewell has three children: Jarett, age 12; Tiffany, age 9; and Tyree, age 6. He brought them up to the podium during his press conference to taunt T’Wolves ownership and urge them to meet his demands.

“See this cute little guy?” asked Sprewell, lifting little Tyree up to the podium. “He hasn’t eaten since yesterday, and he won’t eat another bite until I get my fair market value. Do I want him to starve? Of course not. I’m not some kind of ogre. I just want to be treated with respect by the T-Wolves front office.”

Then Sprewell turned to Tyree and said “You wouldn’t want to starve now, would you?”

“Please father,” he responded meekly. “Feed me. Just one tiny morsel, father. I’m starting to feel faint.”

“Heartbreaking,” said Sprewell to the group of reporters. “And it’s all the fault of the Minnesota Timberwolves.”

Fans and members of the media criticized Sprewell for using his children as bargaining chips. He was roundly booed at the Target Center the following night, yet refused to budge from his position. Sprewell called himself “a man of principal” and said he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in, even if it means starving his own children.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The last thing I want is for my children not to eat,” he said. “Why would I want that? They’re my children, for God’s sake. Could I feed them with the contract I have now? Yes, of course I could. But that would force me to sell one of the gold plated, spinning rims from one of my Escalades, and I’m not about to do that. Look, my children deserve to eat, and if they die of malnutrition, the Wolves have themselves to blame. Sick bastards.”

Sprewell’s agent, Robert Gist, said he was “shocked” at Taylor and McHale’s disregard for the health and well being of his client’s family.

“This is utterly sickening. Imagine a couple of fat cats so greedy that they would rather let a little kid go without food than part with some of their precious money,” said Gist. “Can you put a price on a child’s health and well being? I think not. Yet the Timberwolves seem to think that price is a paltry $7 million a year. Talk about pathetic. I guess it’s easy for them, since they’re not the ones who have to sit around and watch these children beg for food every night.”

Gist explained that while Sprewell could feed his children if he wanted, he was choosing to stand his ground in order to make a point

“A weaker man might break down and give the poor kids a crumb or too,” he said. “But my client is a man of principle, not some weak-kneed, bleeding heart sissy. He’s trying to make a point, which is that the front office is not paying him enough to feed his family and maintain his luxurious lifestyle, which he has earned. So let’s get this deal done, and get it done fast. Seriously, the 9-year-old is starting to look a little gaunt.”

Sprewell’s teammates have supported him publicly, but privately some are expressing disdain for his negotiating tactics.

“I understand where he’s coming from, but he’s taking this all a bit too far,” said one teammate, who asked not to be identified. “The other night I was over his house and we ate this huge steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy and corn. And for desert we had the most amazing chocolate mousse. The whole time the 3 kids were sitting at their places staring at empty plates. I tried to give one of them a bite of my steak and Spree was like ‘Don’t even think about it. I’m not caving into Taylor and McHale. No way.’ Poor little kids were really hungry, too. But I guess this is what happens when players are not treated with respect by their front offices.”

On the other side of the fence, Glen Taylor insisted that he wants to resign Sprewell. Though the two sides are far apart, Taylor maintained that he was willing to negotiate and urged Sprewell to feed his children.

“Latrell is playing hardball with us, and that’s fine. But don’t drag the children into it,” he said. “They’re just innocent bystanders. They need their nourishment like all children. Well, two of them need their nourishment. That Jarett is a little porker. He could stand to starve for a few weeks.”

#2 Posted : Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:25:21 AM
Tiger Woods

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That pic is harsh!! I wonder who made it. Laughing
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