Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Back from vacation today.... and I find the following: "Blazer player with gun on airplane."

I love mid-winter vacations-breaks up the long, boring, and mostly damp winters. So fresh from a ski holiday I get back and start thinking I will talk some Olympics today, and then BANG (pardon the pun) I see the following headline from OregonLive.com

Brith gun BREAKING NEWS-TELFAIR CAUGHT WITH GUN
This will be a hot topic today, to be sure. Steve Patterson will be on at 3:25 on 1080 The Fan. So here goes.....

Sebastian Telfair: Not the WORST thing ever, just another dumb move for a franchise that is known for it’s players doing dumb things, making poor and sometimes criminal decisions, and despite the many changes to the roster, the stench lingers-this team still has one of the worst reputations in professional sports-not just the NBA, but all of sports..
*The big problem here comes from the fact that no matter who the player is, bringing a loaded gun on an airplane is against the law, and it is a story-but when it is a BLAZER, the stakes are different. This team is now and probably will always be held to a different standard because of the past mistakes by the Isaiah Riders, Damon Stoudamires, Rasheed Wallaces, Shawn Kemps, Qyntel Woods, and Bonzi Wells of the glory days gone by.

The thing that I find most stunning is not the fact that Telfair did this, maybe it was just an "honest" mistake. But what is most appalling to me is the team didn’t suspend him for the "mistake" immediately. WHY? Because he is a Trail Blazer. He must pay the price for the idiots of the past. And the "talk tough" stance and 25 point pledge means NOTHING unless they follow through. Charges weren’t filed, and won’t be, but I think the fact they played him that night is wrong.

For pure comedy is a serious situation, how about the excuse? He took the gun by mistake after grabbing his girlfriends bag? When did he discover this "mistake?" Did he do so During one of the first two flights they took? The flight from Portland to Indianapolis? Or the flight from Indianapolis to Boston? He must have since the gun was found in a pillow case. He knew he had it and he must have known it was wrong to bring a loaded gun on a plane or he would not have hid the weapon in a pillow case. The Blazers should have suspended him immediately, for stupidity if nothing else.

So what is the real issue here? Is is the fact Telfair hid a loaded gun in a pillow case and brought it on an airplane? Or is it the fact that after he did so and was caught by federal aviation officials, that the team didn’t immediately suspend him? I think both, but the team has to be held accountable here and while the spin doctors at One Center Court have been hunkered down today getting ready to take the offensive, the fans have to ask themselves the simple question: Would this story have ever been made public, and thus would Telfair ever have been punished, if not for the fact that someone leaked the information to The Oregonian’s Jason Quick today? The answer is probably no! That to be is the most disturbing thing about this story.

18 Comments:

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Sebastian did was stupid, but it could have ended with the gun discharging in flight at 45,000 feet. Decompression at that altitude would have been fatal for the team. Bench him!!!

Send him to New York where the 'best' point guard, according to him, plays. He won't stay in Portland anyway!

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why does this moron need a gun?

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really easy to jump on the "He's a moron! Bench him!!!" bandwagon, but I don't think it's quite that clear cut.

Of course bringing a gun on a plane is stupid, but has he done anything else to make us believe this is anything other than an unfortunate accident?

As to why does he need a gun? Why does anyone? He (and his girlfriend, I assume) grew up in a rough neighborhood of NYC where worrying about your safety is something you learn to do. A lot of us who grew up in Beaverton/Gresham/Tualatin/wherever are conditioned much differently.

No need to be so quick to judge the kid.

 
At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

Screw Telfair. What we should be talking about is the availability of Sammy Sosa. The guy is available for way cheap ($1 million guaranteed) and could easily DH for the M's for a couple of months. If he doesn't work out, trade him in mid-June to a contender. Heck, even if it DOES work out, ship him out for a prospect. Seems like a simple move to me that could pay off nicely in a few months.

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clarify...Carrying a gun on a private plane is not in fact illegal.

 
At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Furness you're an idiot. Read the whole story and the explanation. It answers your questions there.

As far as suspending him....for what? Why? What he did was stupid, but was it worth suspending him for? Not by a long shot. Just another excuse for you to hammer the franchise. They fined him, I'm assuming its a fairly large amount. He will think a little more now about the decisions he makes. You are a prime example of why the Portland media is horrendus.

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

anon 3:16...

How about carrying a gun on a private plane across an international border? Was he going to give the weapon up prior to leaving for Toronto? What if the Canadians had found it?

And when is the last time you accidentally grabbed your wife's purse while packing for a business trip?

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Michael Namba said...

First of all, ease up on Furness, he is just doing his job (welcome back, by the way). Of course the Blazers had to suspend him, because if they did not they know all of fans would be screaming to the rafters about how this guy got away with something because of his status/celebrity. They absolutely did the right thing.

On another topic, no way would I waste a roster spot on Sosa. He is a shell (literally) of what he once was, and he could not hit AL pitching to save his life. He just needs to hang up the spikes before he winds up like Palmeiro. Take your Hall pass (maybe) and run back to the Dominican Sammy, and maybe they will name a stadium after you.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger IdahoInvader said...

I think a particularly cruel punishment would be to have him play in every game for the rest of this pathetic season...for the Blazers that is, lol

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His job is to report and react. Not be reactionary and generate conflict. THAT is what he is doing. He denigrates the team, and Telfair especially, *every* chance he gets.

And for the record Michael, the team did not suspend him. Having a gun is a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. His mistake was that when he realized it was in his posession, he hid it instead of reporting it. What do you think he was going to do with it....shoot Steve Blake to get his starting spot back???

 
At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a stupid mistake, however, if I were the team I'd try to hide it from Quick too. He has shown an ability to write stories filled with inaccurate statements with very few sources (Hi, Marc Iavaroni, our new coach.). Canzano and he have also shown a bias against the team, making mountains out of mole hills. (Yeah, Darius' gas station thing was really news worthy. So was Randolph bouncing a check. The criminals.)


Also, look at some of those bags the men carry. Go to nba.com and look at the fashion pages. Those are manbags. Man-purses look like women's purses. I mean, none of us here have accidentally grabbed a bag of someone else in the family, that looks just like our own.. right?

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

Anon 3:48...

Louis Vuitton makes man purses?

 
At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What Sebastian did was stupid, but it could have ended with the gun discharging in flight at 45,000 feet. Decompression at that altitude would have been fatal for the team. Bench him!!!"

Actually, if you watch Myth Busters...they totally busted that myth. A gun shot in an airplane will not cause explosive decompression. They tried it numerous times and failed every time to cause a serious problem.
Anyways, I think this is no big deal.

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Louis Vuitton makes man purses - and Telfair isn't the only NBA player to have one. Honestly, you can't tell the difference between one made for men and one for women if you are just grabbing something on your way out the door.

It was an innoncent mistake, I believe, but he made it worse by trying to hide it. He got fined for that by the team and the NBA may take further action. If none is done, that's on the league, not the Blazers. And if the NBA thinks the fine already levied is enough, and if no charges are filed, should people really get too excited about it?

For pure comedy sake, think about the conversation between Telfair and his girlfriend when he opens the bag up wherever the first time and finds it's her bag with her gun.

"Um, honey, I accidentally grabbed your bag by mistake..."

"No problem, I'll just pick up another of what I need while you are gone."

"No, you are missing my point...I grabbed YOUR bag."

"Hmmm, what do you mean? Oh! That! Damn!"

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Michael Namba said...

Yes his job is to rrport and react, which is what he does on the radio, this however is his blog which is in no way affiliated with the Fan. This is for his personal opinions that he is not allowed to express on the radio. If you don't like that, don't read it.

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

Namba, I'll let you handle this one. You people scare me.

Sammy Sosa? Please Cris.

Another guy actually said, "His job is to report and react, not be reactionary." OK, that is the definition of contradiction class.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Michael Namba said...

Good to hear from you buddyjay...alot of haters on this post. Nice call on the contradiction:)

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Spotchester said...

I know the guy is young, but you've got to be awfully stupid to think you're going to hide a gun on a plane these days and not get caught. Usually I prefer a PG who has some brains, but that's just me.

I agree that the stakes are different because he's a Blazer. I knew when I saw this story it would dredge up all the old Jail Blazers stuff and sure enough...

 

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