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Golden Tate Says NASCAR Drivers Are Not Athletes

It was only a matter of time before Twitter became a medium for this argument.  One of the biggest issues NASCAR haters have with the sport of auto racing is that “anyone can do it.”  People who aren’t into stock car racing think any fat slob can drive a car around a track and drivers don’t have to be athletes.  Apparently one of those people is Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, and he caused a stir on Twitter by letting it be known during the ESPYs on Wednesday.

As From the Marbles pointed out, Tate took exception to the fact that five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was nominated for best athlete and tweeted the following:

“Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo … Driving a car does not show athleticism.”

As expected, that pissed off plenty people in the NASCAR community, and several fans expressed their discontent with Tate’s opinion while a couple of drivers took to their own Twitter accounts to defend themselves.

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Today’s Humor: The 911 Call That Got Golden Tate Busted

If you’ve already heard about the incident that involved Golden Tate and his buddy raiding a donut shop, this is a very necessary follow-up.  The 911 call from a night baker who first reported the incident has been released to the public, and it’s absolutely hilarious.  It sounds like Tate and his pal did a little bit more than scoff down some donuts while they were inside the Top Pot in Bellevue, Washington.  This is a must-listen.  Here’s the audio of the 9-1-1 call the night Golden Tate broke into a Top Pot donut shop, courtesy of Deadspin via Irish Fan Network.  I recommend fast-forwarding to about 1:52 for what I find to be the most hilarious section of the clip.  Enjoy:

Source:
Golden Tate’s Dramatic 911 Donut Call: “They’re Drunk And Being Retarded” [Deadspin]

Golden Tate is a Late-Night Eater

Back in April, Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Golden Tate told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that he wasn’t worried about making any headlines for the wrong reasons during his NFL career.  Here’s what he said:

Being at Notre Dame, you’re used to being under the microscope, so I’m used to having all eyes on me. Anything I do, anywhere I go.  My mother and my father taught me what’s right and what’s wrong, so I don’t think I have a problem making any tough decisions.”

The 21-year-old has quickly learned never to say never, and hopefully he’s also learned that he’s going to need to be less impulsive when he comes down with a bad case of the drunken munchies.  According to TMZ, Tate and a friend were given a “trespass warning” by police when they were discovered inside a closed Top Pot donut shop in Bellevue, Washington housing donuts.

The nice people at Top Pot chose not to press charges, which supposedly is a good part of the reason Tate didn’t end up in handcuffs.  I think someone needs to show the rookie some safer alternatives to making weight before training camp begins.  Tate might also want to consider kicking the owners of the store a few Seahawks tickets.

Sources:
NFL Star Rookie in Shady Donut Shop Debacle [TMZ]
Report: Golden Tate avoids arrest in donut store incident [Pro Football Talk]