High-priced brats

By The Columbia Chronicle

I have heard enough. Just who do these NBA players think they are? It absolutely sickens me to see New York Knick and head of the player’s union Patrick Ewing walk up to the microphones in an Italian suit that costs more than my car and cry poor. “We’re fighting for our livelihood, we can’t survive if we sign this contract,” said Ewing. Excuse me, Patrick, while I wipe my tears. Maybe this Christmas you and your NBA buddies will just have to settle for two new sport utility vehicles instead of three. Although I understand, it must be hard to make ends meet only earning $100,000 per basket! The average working American probably wouldn’t earn that much in two years.

Before you start sending checks to Patrick, consider Boston Celtics guard Kenny Anderson’s situation. He has been whining that if the strike continues and things get worse he may have to sell one of his eight cars. Are you sure you really want to do that Kenny? Seven cars could pose a problem and we don’t want that. Recently Anderson let the New York Times evaluate his financial status. Originally he was to make $5.8 million this season, a measly $3 million after taxes. However, he’s got expenses including $75,000 to insure his Porsches, Mercedes and Range Rovers and $150,000 yearly rent on his Beverly Hills crib. Let’s not forget he pays child support for his four children, which he has had with three women, one being his wife. Still, he needs to have his “hangin’ around money” as he calls it — $120,000. After expenses he’s only left with $2 million. How will he make it? “I have to start getting tight,” said Anderson.

Every NBA player with the nerve to even think about feeling sorry for himself needs to hop inside their mansion on wheels and get in touch with reality. Take that size 15 foot and step into the real world! A world which features homeless people begging for spare change or any morsel of food that they can lay their fingers on. A world in which both husband and wife work countless hours to support a family. A world in which people actually have real bills to pay: car payments, mortgage payments and student loans.

It’s difficult for me to understand where their greed is coming from. So many of the players have come from less fortunate families that have struggled throughout life. I think the hardest part for the fans regarding the lockout is deciding on which player to send money to. (Just kidding). The whole thing is a big joke and until its over both the players and owners need to stay silent. After all, they could probably use the time to remove their feet from their mouths.