Basketball journeyman Paul Shirley is screwed. Already an NBA washout, Shirley’s career as a blogger may be over as well.
ESPN announced it has fired Shirley as a blogger today following his comments about earthquake aid going to Haiti. In an “open letter” to the Haitian people, Shirley wrote:
First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure and birth control should be applauded.
As we prepare to help you in this difficult time, a polite request: If it’s possible could you not re-build your island home in the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of flimsy shanty-and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a condom once in a while?
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Shirley also wrote, “I haven’t donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street.”
The former NBA forward was immediately attacked by websites like The Huffington Post and a seperate column which demanded ESPN fire him. Shirley’s comments were so controversial that the gossip site Radar Online printed the entire text of his column. Somebody else accused Shirley of “Haiting on Haiti.” Since Shirley used to write for NBA.com, that league has now been accused of being “Where Compassion Goes to Die.’
Shirley knew his column wasn’t going to be well received. He even started it, “I do not know if what I’m about to write makes me a monster…” followed by, “I haven’t donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort. And I probably will not.”
ESPN has pulled Shirley’s post.