No reports on the weekend, however, have caused as much discussion on these here interwebs than the ones penned by Jason Whitlock.
In the first published report (in the KC Star on Monday), Whitlock sounded like someone who had a blast with his buddies despite the weekend being a "mixed bag of good and bad." A day later, writing on AOL.com, Whitlock seemed to change his tone quite a bit, and called the entire weekend "an unmitigated failure".
Whitlock took things a step further today, calling those who caused trouble during the weekend "The Black KKK".
Bloggers have chimed in with their reactions to Whitlock's scathing words (with emphasis being placed on the racial overtones of his claims.)
The Fanhouse got in touch with Jason Whitlock, and asked him to clear things up. You can read his response after the proverbial jump.
The headline on my KC Star column is just flat out wrong. It's not what I said, and I certainly didn't write the headline.Personally, I believe that he had nothing to do with the KC Star headline. The drastic change in tone between the two columns (and the blame for the crimes committed over the weekend seemingly being placed solely on black people), however, is more than a little troubling.
The Star column was written before there was any solid reporting about what transpired in Vegas. We heard lots of stories and we saw lots of thugs, but when I wrote the Star column it was impossible to figure out if all the reports of violence were just rumors or truth. By the time I wrote my AOL column it was clear the reports were true and I had time to talk with plenty of other attendees who experienced the same thing we did.
Also, the concept of the KC Star story was supposed to be a diary about me and my boys from college taking on NBA All-Star Weekend. By design, it was going to be a humorous column. If you read the column, ignore the headline and distinguish between the feelings I had before attending the event and what I said about the event, you can see the bases for what I wrote on AOL. There were problems. I wrote the event was too ghetto and we had to choose our spots.
We enjoyed Cafe Martorano, the Jamie Foxx concert and the Spearmint Rhino. But Vegas did not feel like Vegas. And David Stern did not accomplish what he wanted in Vegas. The people in Vegas are outraged, and I wrote about it.