Friday, October 16, 2009

And another thing...

What's with Derrick Coleman being named new commissioner of athletics for the Detroit school district?

The guy had a lousy attitude and was generally regarded as a lazy player; on top of that, he had alcohol problems and was a general malcontent, as this entry from Wikipedia attests (NOTE: I'll just assume this information is correct; you know, just like the mainstream media did with Rush Limbaugh's Wiki page):

Coleman was arrested December 21, 1988, while in Syracuse and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and harassment. He later pleaded guilty to harassment and disorderly conduct.

In 1995, Coleman was arrested in Detroit and charged with refusing to move his truck and swearing at a police officer. The jury failed to reach a verdict and the case ended in a mistrial.

Coleman and several others were arrested in 1997 and charged with interfering with a police officer's duty in Detroit. Police said Coleman was released on a $100 bond on the misdemeanor charge.

In 1999, Derrick Coleman pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident in a Detroit restaurant. Coleman was accused of urinating in front of patrons at Intermezzo Italian Ristorante and was charged with disorderly conduct. Coleman still denies his guilt and says it was a drink that had spilled on his pants.

In July 2002, Coleman was pulled over for driving over 100 mph (160 km/h) and arrested after test results showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent when he was stopped, over Michigan's then-legal limit of 0.10 percent. Coleman was taken into custody by officers who suspected that he had been drinking. Coleman was ticketed for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and refusing to take a breath test.

Also in 2002, Coleman surrendered himself to police while a member of the Charlotte Hornets on traffic-violation warrants. Coleman paid $800 and was released from the Mecklenburg County jail a few hours later.

Coleman was wanted on charges of driving with a revoked license and using an out-of-state license while his North Carolina license was revoked. Coleman had his license revoked because he refused to take a sobriety test after an accident in October 2001. Coleman was charged after his sport utility vehicle was involved in a late-night wreck with a tractor-trailer in Charlotte. Coleman and a female passenger received facial and head lacerations, and Eldridge Recasner, a reserve shooting guard for the Hornets, almost died after sustaining a broken shoulder and a partially collapsed lung. While Recasner was still in intesive care, Coleman called the wreck a 'freak accident' and said "I'm just happy everybody's OK and that we can look at this particular point in time and laugh and joke about it." Coleman refused to take a blood test after the wreck. Coleman eventually was acquitted of the drunken driving charges due to a mistrial.

What a guy. Definitely who I would choose to work with high school kids. I mean, it's not like he's a conservative or any other kind of deal breaker like that.

Uhhhh, on second thought, it's what we first thought.

From today's Sporting News Today:

"FOX and Burger King apologized for a cartoon that aired during FOX NFL Sunday this week, showing Cowboys players mocking singer Jessica Simpson for getting 'bigger than Flozell Adams,' The Dallas Morning News reported. Simpson used to date Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. 'Upon reflection," FOX said in a statement, 'our poor attempt at humor was insensitive, and we deeply apologize to anyone who might have been offended.'"

I am sooooo tired of the "better to ask for forgiveness than permission" PR style so rampant nowadays. Does anyone really believe for a second that the advertisers had no idea until it was brought to their attention that making fun of an American female celebrity for gaining weight was going to cause them grief? I'd wager a hefty bet that the apology was probably written at the same time as the script for the ad.

If you're going to run PC gauntlet, tasteless though you may be, at least put your balls out there and stand by it.