Ball vs. Social Media

By S. Samek

Social Media strikes again. This time it’s 2017 2nd overall pick Lonzo Ball against 2013 WNBA 2nd overall pick in Elena Delle Donne. The two are matched up in a twitter battle over what seems to be a misunderstanding.

Ball wore a pair of $495 Big Baller brand shoes in a summer league game on Friday. Delle Donne tweeted that it would be something to see the shoe get blown out. A joke was then thrown in that Ball should have just signed with Nike for a designer shoe. Delle Donne is sponsored by Nike and has her own shoe.

Social media responded in the negative, as people thought that she wanted Ball injured. She then apologized in another tweet, saying she is a fan of Ball, just not his shoes.

Lavar Ball fired back at Delle Donne and her choice of Nike, but the tweets seemed to have calmed down. Delle Donne wasn’t happy with fans twisting her words though. This is rightfully so. It would have been rude to wish injury on another player. Having them break equipment, isn’t ideal, but it’s just a harmful bit of teasing. The fans overreacted on this one.

Ball isn’t in the clear yet though. Joel Embiid made a video in which he used vulgar directed toward another player. This player was Lonzo. Jabs were also made at Lavar. This is the second time Embiid has directed comments at Ball. In June Embiid and Ben Simmons took to social media to express displeasure with comments Lonzo made about the Lakers making the playoffs.

Embiid received a $10,000 fine for his posts. The league called it inappriate use of language on social media. This could be the first case of fines for this season. The NBA is committing itself to stopping Twitter wars and promoting responsible use of social media by the franchises and players in the league. This was the subject of a memo sent to all teams in February.  Play nice children, use social media responsibly.



Crossing The Line

Promotions that may have been too edgy.

By S. Samek

Minor League baseball embraces the crazy and unique to make for the perfect promotion. Though what if a promotion goes too far.
Enter the Ogden Raptors and their Hourglass appreciation night. 
Yes, the promotion honored women’s bodies of the curvy variety. The promotion was to include models, 18 of them to be exact each calling a half inning of baseball in the booth. Fans can then take pictures with the beauties.
Sounds harmless, while being so offensive at the same time. You are promoting looks first and all the unhealthy things that women do to match the ideal body shape. Plus, it doesn’t seem like it has anything to do with baseball. I mean baseball doesn’t have a clock, or hour glass like in most other sports, but the connection to honoring that and an hourglass is weak at best.
Not helping the fact is that A.P Harreld a broadcaster for the Raptors has connections with the modeling agency in question.
The promotion was canceled and was never an official thing to begin with. Fans knew about it through social media and internet means, and have been voicing disapproval for the promotion. An apology has been given by the team.
Though if you did have models at the ballpark, what’s not to say attendance wouldn’t rise. It’s the idea behind many a cheerleader, or dance team. They entertain and look good doing it.
Also brought up in the article was another failed promotion idea in White Heritage Night by the Orem Owlz.

Orem’s promotion was to celebrate the good and wholesome aspects of American living. A leave it to Beaver feel of the past. Fans didn’t take too well to that idea either. Mostly poking fun at how every day is a white appreciation day. Two days later was the church shooting in South Carolina. One that may have had racial motives. The promotion was canceled.
I think this promotion was more of a spoof than anything else. It made sense with the rest of the heritage night promotions out there to include whites. Though it does raise a lot of eyes for possible connections to white supremacy. That’s a no go.
Sports should be a uniting factor. Even if your bitter rivals are to be hated, there is a line that doesn’t need to be crossed. These promotions may have crossed it.