Nate Robinson Upsets Seattle with Praise of Oklahoma City Fans

Praising the hometown fans is almost always a good P.R. strategy for athletes to employ. For instance, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is probably a god in Milwaukee after what he said about their fans this week. The fans help pay athletes’ salaries by supporting the team and attending games — you almost can never go wrong with praising the fans. Unless you’re Nate Robinson.

The Oklahoma City Thunder bench player found himself in the middle of a murky situation Thursday after he tweeted his praise of Thunder fans. Robinson wrote on twitter “OKC aka Thunder fans are the best on the planet hands down.”

When it comes to playing to the home crowd, it doesn’t get better than that. The local fans will love a guy who shares the love with them. The problem is Nate Robinson is from Seattle, went to high school in Rainier Beach, and played college ball at Washington. He’s a local icon in Seattle, has a 206 tattoo (Seattle’s area code), and a tattoo of the Seattle skyline on his neck (pictured above). For someone who represents Seattle as well as Nate does, he clearly wasn’t thinking about how his hometown would be hurt by his words.

A phone call from a Seattle fan into JT the Brick’s national radio show conveyed how hurt a fan was by Robinson’s words. The tweets Robinson had to respond to showed how they felt betrayed. Even Nate’s mom had to call into a Washington radio show to defend him because the fans were so upset. But if you think about the situation, it makes sense.

It’s already difficult enough for Seattle fans to see the team they love not only playing in Oklahoma City, but having success. Now they have to be told by one of their hometown heroes that the new fans are the best in the world? I know Nate didn’t have bad intentions with his tweet — his intentions were actually good. But while you’re with your new girlfriend, the conscientious person keeps the ex in mind to ensure you’re not rubbing in the new relationship.

Come on Nate, you have to know better than that.

You know what that calls for? The Scioscia Stare:

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  • Anonymous

    Nate showing his admiration for OKC fans is no more a slur against Seattle than were Collison’s comments about loving Seattle after the team was moved to OKC were to Oklahomans.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

     Nate should have been more conscientious of the situation, especially if Seattle means as much to him as he says it does.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps but I think fans in both cities should give these guys a break and have a little thicker skin.  I’m sure Nick’s really happy to play in front of OKC fans even though he obviously loves the City of Seattle and I’m sure Nate would love to play in front of his home town even though he appreciates the college atmosphere in OKC.  Both of there comments were just comments.  Not indictments on either city.  OKC fans have certainly gone gaga over the Thunder and I’ve been to enough Seahawks games to know how rabid Seattle fans can be as well.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    All he had to do was write “OKC Thunder fans are great, love you all” or something to that effect, and he wouldn’t be in this position. He could have expressed his love for OKC fans without hurting Seattle fans at the same time is my point.

    No knock on either group — both seem to be great. 

  • Anonymous

    “No knock on either group — both seem to be great”

    Yep, Agreed

  • http://twitter.com/murrebee murrebee

     Its not really a situation. He plays for the Thunder. The Thunder has awesome fans. It’s as simply as that. He didn’t mean anything by it. He didn’t put down his own or his upbringings he was just pumping up the people that are investing not only time and money but pride! Pride! Oklahoma has never had something like the Thunder so yeah we’re excited and we’re kickass. Get over it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGFN3FEGY6BIYXCLRZLZLLW5M4 Air Speed

    I wish Nate and Perkins were still in Boston thou.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XPL67CLRALR5PQNFJXEGPJFVGE oleskool

    The NBA is a business and he had better say something very nice about the OKC fans or else he would have gotten booed everytime he stepped onto the court.  He meant no ill will towards Seattle, that is his hometown and he shows his love for the city every chance he gets. But when you think about it was not his fault the city lost the team maybe if they would have shown up to more games than they would still have a NBA team.  I grew up watching the Supersonics back in the 70’s and 80’s  and was a fan of Jack Sikma, The Rain Man and the Glove.  Somebody please tell me how did such a vibrant city lose their NBA team?