Responses from the blogosphere have been nuanced -- the FreeDarko sermon is particularly on target (and interesting, considering FD's Shoals helped break the story for The Baseline). But we have been through enough of these episodes before to know that the prevailing sanity will not last. Before the storm, allow me a question. (I think I've killed whatever suspense that line could illicit by posing the question in this post's headline.)
Unlike almost every other point guard in the league, Jennings is brash. He has no filter. Popping off about a subject close to your heart in a personal conversation without a filter blocking the real, raw emotion ... that's pretty damn human. After being passed up by New York in the draft, Jennings says "[eff] the Knicks" in a personal conversation with a (supposed) friend. That's very human! If I'm up for a job with a company, and they pick someone else, I'm probably going to react similarly. Why would we hold Jennings to a higher standard of verbal control?
Take highly-paid ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, for example. Simmons has ripped Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy mercilessly for years. He has dubbed the coach "Dumbleavy" in recent work. When asked about the writer during an ESPN radio appearance last week, Dunleavy called Simmons a "joke writer" and said he had "no credibility." How did Simmons, a 39-year-old who won't make that much less than Jennings this year, respond?
A one-hour string of 18 personal Dunleavy insults on Twitter. Simmons didn't invoke the f-word, but I fail to see how "Mike Dunleavy saying someone has no credibility is like Michael Richards calling someone a racist" is much different from "Duhon ain't getting it done." Considering that Jennings made his comments privately while Simmons purposely broadcast his for the world to see adds to the sentiment we have a double standard here: a 39-year-old white dude gets paid handsomely to talk crap about his foils while it's a crime for a 19-year-old black kid to do the same. Further, Simmons' work was created for broadcast, attempting to make a statement to the world. Jennings is just talking smack.
Confidence and candor are not crimes. Leave Brandon Jennings alone.