Here We Go Again

By Mike Bianchi
Updated: January 29, 2010

ORLANDO — We have a winner, folks. And it’s not even close.

You’ve heard of American Idol? Well, we’ have a new American Idiot.

Without question, the biggest moron in the sports world identified himself earlier this week in the form of former NBA player and current boob blogger Paul Shirley.

Shirley, in a recent blog post, said he wouldn’t donate single “cent” to the relief effort for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. He also hatefully advised Haitians to “use a condom once in a while” and stop building “shack-towns.”

Shirley had been a part-time writer for ESPN.com, but wrote his tasteless blog for a website called flipcollective.com. ESPN quickly and rightfully fired him.

“The views he expressed on another site of course do not at all reflect our company’s views on the Haiti relief efforts,” ESPN said in a statement. “He will no longer contribute to ESPN.”

Sometimes, you wonder how some people become so absolutely heartless and clueless as to actually blame the Haitian victims themselves for the natural disaster that has befallen them.

It was bad enough when evangelist crackpot Pat Robertson blamed the earthquake on Haiti making a “pact with the devil”, but not even Robertson can compare to Shirley when it comes to callousness.

Here is one excerpt from Shirley’s blog: “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. Based on past experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads ‘Need You’re Help’ is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don’t think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.” Shirley went on to write a mock letter to Haiti in which he opined, “As we prepare to assist 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.”

This is the problem with the Twitter, tweeting, blathering blogosphere we now live in: Self-absorbed creeps like Shirley feel compelled to tell us every thought they have – no matter how warped and wayward it might be.

Everybody, at one time time or another, has a dumb or dark thought in the deepest recesses of their minds. It doesn’t mean you have to share it with the world.