Was what Shirley wrote so wrong?

By Jake Lovett

Last week, former NBA basketball player Paul Shirley was released by ESPN for views he expressed in a personal blog post.

“I haven’t donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort. And I probably will not,” Shirley’s post said.

It wasn’t the lack of support that got Shirley into hot water, though. It was the reasons for staying away.

Shirley worried about the money being “unconditionally” given to the relief effort.

He worried about simply rebuilding what was a country in an unstable situation, instead of seeking out solutions.

He wanted people in power to take responsibility, not seek those responsible.

Shirley said in an interview on Jan. 26 he “wanted to make people think.”

Is that so wrong?

Sure, maybe his now-infamous “letter” to Haiti was a bit crass for the situation.

People say he lacked tact, that he was too rough.

But to lose his job for saying what’s on his mind?

ESPN had every right to release him, but it feels dirty to me.

He’s no bigot, no racist. Talk to anyone who knows him.

He simply spoke his mind.

You don’t have to agree, and that’s the beauty of it.

That’s what our country was founded on: freedom of conscience.

(Jake Lovett majors in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University. He works for the Iowa State Daily.)

Link to Shirley’s Blog post:

If You Rebuild It, They Will Come

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One Response to “Was what Shirley wrote so wrong?”

  1. KYMBERLY Says:

    Hi! Good idea, but could this genuinely operate?

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