#1 "I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black."09-17-2008, 04:42 PM
Howard's anthem comments in YouTube video draw response from Mavs
DALLAS -- A YouTube video from a charity flag football game in July has Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard embroiled in controversy yet again.
The video, from Allen Iverson's event, shows Howard, as the national anthem is being sung, saying: "'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black." Howard also makes a hard-to-hear reference to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (see the video here; some viewers may find content offensive).
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said, according to The Dallas Morning News, that the team dealt with Howard at the time of the incident. He added that the team has a plan in place to address the issue at training camp.
"That said, we will be going through some advanced communication skill sessions together this training camp," Cuban said Tuesday. "I have explained to him that cell phone cameras are not your friend and that what you think you said on camera is never what people will hear when it shows up on YouTube or TV."
Also in July, Howard was arrested and charged with speeding (94 mph in a 55 mph zone), careless and reckless driving, and speed competition in North Carolina. He was released from jail on a written promise to appear in court Sept. 23.
In that incident, police said an officer saw a black Lexus and a silver Volkswagen speeding along U.S. 421. The officer stopped the Lexus, and Howard was identified as the driver.
Last year, Howard admitted he is an occasional marijuana user. And in 2006, Howard opted out of playing for the U.S. Olympic team program, reportedly because he said it conflicted with his summer training camps.
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09-17-2008, 11:08 PM
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DALLAS (AP)—The battered reputation of Josh Howard took another hit this week when an online video surfaced showing the Dallas Mavericks forward disrespecting the national anthem.
In a video posted on YouTube, Howard is shown on a football field at a charity flag football game. As the national anthem plays in the background, Howard approaches a camera and says: “‘The Star Spangled Banner’ is going on right now. I don’t even celebrate that (expletive). I’m black.”
Howard’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks’ president of basketball operations, directed questions to team owner Mark Cuban, who in an e-mail declined to comment.
The incident is the latest off-court problem for Howard, a fifth-year pro from Wake Forest who averaged 19.9 points and seven rebounds last season. He was arrested in July when police said he was drag racing at 94 mph in a 55 zone. A court appearance was scheduled for next week.
Howard was criticized last season for saying in a radio interview during a first-round playoff series against New Orleans that he occasionally smokes marijuana. Later that same series, he angered coach Avery Johnson by throwing himself a birthday bash after a Game 4 loss to the Hornets.
09-17-2008, 11:16 PM“‘The Star Spangled Banner’ is going on right now. I don’t even celebrate that (expletive). I’m black.”Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.
09-18-2008, 12:27 AM
09-18-2008, 09:12 AM
All while I'm in some shithole with friends dying giving this asshat the freedom to be an idiot.
Hey Howard, I don't watch your dumbass play ball & Larry Bird would cream your sorry ass to next week. White Men CAN jump."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
09-18-2008, 04:35 PM
I fully believe in this person’s right of free expression. I also believe his team’s owner has the identical right. If I were the latter - I would fire the S.O.B. so fast he’d have the heals of his basketball shoes burnt off going out the door. Any owner who signs a contract with a player without a clause noting that a player must never shame the team - on the court of off - has more money than brains.
09-18-2008, 04:39 PM
Mark Cuban is as crazy as Howard. He stood behind him.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
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