In an effluence of faux naivete, Sun-Timesman Rick Morrissey asks why NBA players call people faggots.
. . . why is faggot the word [Bulls man Joakim] Noah chose in his enraged state? Why is it the word Lakers star Kobe Bryant chose when screaming at a referee last month? Why does that seem to be the insult of choice so often?
And immediately, gosh darn it, answers his question as if to phrase it differently:
On the playground courts, its the ultimate insult, the nuclear bomb. At its kindest, it means youre a wuss.
The United Center is a playground, isn’t it? So the worst thing you can say to a man on a playground is the worst at the United Center. What’s so complicated about that?
Ive never quite understood why someones sexuality matters to anybody else, but here we are in 2011 talking about one players ugly reaction to a fan.
And talking and talking and talking. Feigning ignorance if necessary. Wuss-like, you might say.