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Rick Carlisle Denies Jason Whitlock’s Postgame Story Angle (Video)

For the second NBA Finals game in a row, a reporter was shot down in the postgame press conference. While following Game 3 it was a jab at LeBron James that was denied, after Game 4 it was Jason Whitlock’s butt-kissing approach to Rick Carlisle that got the Dikembe Mutumbo treatment.

Whitlock, a columnist for FOXSports.com, didn’t even ask the Mavericks coach a question, which is the first problem. In essence, he had a story planned about how Rick Carlisle had done a masterful coaching job and he just wanted a quote from the coach to confirm it. Instead, he got a door shut in his face. Check out the video courtesy of Ball Don’t Lie:

Maybe that will teach Whitlock the most important point to keep in mind during interviews: Always ask a question! What kind of answer do you think you’re going to get when you grab the microphone and provide commentary rather than a question? Hopefully any aspiring journalist or broadcaster reading this will keep that lesson in mind … always ask a question.

Kobe Bryant Calls Out Jason Whitlock for Stretching Statement About Young Players

Why do we need to police the media when Kobe Bryant can do it for us? Speaking after winning MVP of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, 24 said he was bouncing around and energized in the game because of all the young players around him. FOXSports.com writer and notoriously controversial columnist Jason Whitlock followed up with something pretty ridiculous. Check out this video via CBS Sports and Matt Moore on twitter:

I’m glad Kobe set things straight and that Whitlock asked the question in person to get shot down. Had he not been in attendance for the press conference, we may have been looking at a 1000-word essay on how Kobe was indirectly bitching at the front office for not getting him more help. That’s one mini-controversy we managed to avoid, and we can thank the Mamba for it.

Jason Whitlock a Rap Producer?

In a November ’06 column on AOL Sports, Jason Whitlock says he has a major love-hate relationship with rap music. My problem is that I’m a newer reader of his, so I don’t know all the background on his relationship with rap music. What I do know is that Whitlock called out the hip hop culture as a societal problem in response to the Don Imus remarks. That’s why I find Jason Whitlock’s participation in producing a new game day song for the Kansas City Chiefs entitled “It’s Now on ’07,” quite curious.

As YOU BEEN BLINDED points out, some of the participants in the song include Rich The Factor, Bacari, Big Scoob, T-Will, Tech N9ne and Zig. All you have to do is take a look at the lyrics for some of these performers’ songs to get an understanding of their music. Just check out Tech N9ne’s song, Absolute Power

we Kansas City players
and we bout sold game,
we make it so that Tech N9ne is a household name
How many points you got? I got 50
here’s a question to the censorship committee
who’s the biggest gangs of niggas in the city,
my villains are Gritty,
Big Scoob, Txx Will, Bakarii,
rest in peace Short Nitty

But this is the same Tech N9ne to whom Whitlock gave a shout out in a column at AOL Sports. What gives? Does this make Whitlock a hypocrite? Has he changed his viewpoints and stances since producing the song? Does he no longer associate with some of those rappers? These are all questions I surely would like answered considering Whitlock attributed a lot of society’s problems to the hip hop culture. Or maybe we should just give him a break because as he says, “he has a major love-hate relationship with rap music.”

Jason Whitlock Is the Balls

Let me get something out of the way here. In no way do I claim to be a professional writer on this site. I like to use it as a forum to voice my opinions, and to share anything around the internet I find interesting. Additionally, I don’t like to have this site clouded by issues that have taken mainstream media by stranglehold. What I mean is this — Don Imus’ comments, and the Duke Lacrosse scandal are more about ideological, political, and ethical beliefs, than they are about sports, even though the sports media has become consumed by such issues. That’s why I used a video created by someone else to share my thoughts on the Duke players being exonerated.

That’s also why I will do the same with the Imus case — which you may have noted has been noticeably missing from this site. Jason Whitlock writes professionally for the Kansas City Star and AOL Sports. He has captured my feelings on the issue more eloquently and persuasively than I possibly could have. That’s why I will link to his column, and show you a video interview of his thoughts, both courtesy the awesomeness that is The Big Lead.

Using the words Don Imus used is completely inappropriate. But the problem is, it’s not just Imus. Using those terms in any context is purely wrong. I don’t care if it’s rap music, I don’t care if it’s in a comedy sketch, any time those words are used, it perpetuates more negative thought. That’s what needs to be attacked, not Imus.