HoopsHype David Harrison rumors
In the years following the "Malice at the Palace," Indiana dismantled the core of its roster. Harrison alleges that Indiana's trade of Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson to Golden State was "racially motivated," particularly in the context of Pacers president Larry Bird's comments on white players in the NBA. Harrison, now 32, also recounts how his career spiraled downward as the Pacers franchise declined. "My dream became a waking nightmare," he writes. Sports Illustrated
David Harrison: I landed at LAX, rented a car, and began a drug binge that would have made Hunter S. Thompson proud. I was trying to die “Leaving Las Vegas” style, but some force had other plans for me. I blacked out in my room at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood and woke up in my apartment in Indianapolis. Apparently I tried to jump off my balcony but one of the people I was with (who shall remain nameless but thanks) saw I was completely out of control and called my agent. They found me the that night and got me home. He describes the 4-day rager in a way that makes me think the movie “Get Him to the Greek” should pay me royalties. Vigilant Sports
I didn’t see it then, but now I see it all from Nov. 19th 2004 (the night of the Brawl) until this bad relationship between me and the NBA ended I was fated to fail. I would say I was sorry but I would do it again so I attempted to explain myself. I wanted to say that I hated my life and constantly thought of ending it; I wanted to say Jim was trying to bully me; I wanted to just let it all out — my mom being checked into mental institution, my ex getting an abortion, my problems wanted to flow, but instead, I tried to intellectualize the situation. I wanted to try to have the public view me as a patriot for the millions of minor, non-violent, drug offenders who were serving minimum mandatory sentences, a voice for those who were afraid too of the system, but all I did was catch the ire of David J Stern and his lackey Billy Hunter. Vigilant Sports
But then I think about David Harrison. He's one of the greatest basketball players in University of Colorado history, 13th all time in scoring, ninth in rebounding. He was ahead of the curve too, outspoken about NBA players smoking pot, which he did primarily for pain relief due to a shoulder injury (and also because, well, pot makes people feel awesome). But he's now a 7-foot pariah. After serving a five-game suspension for pot use, and actually being league-mandated to go to rehab for pot, his NBA career flamed out. "They don't see me as a commodity. They kind of see me as a crazy person, I guess," said the 31-year-old Harrison, who's holding onto his fleeting NBA dream. " 'The Hunger Games' is pretty much an anecdote of being an athlete. Gladiators. You show disdain for the government or the rules, they're going to make an example out of you the best they can, to teach the thousands of people watching on TV the lesson they're trying to teach you." Denver Post
"With me and other athletes caught using drugs, you get labeled as a problem. 'He's crazy. He can't do this or that,' " Harrison said. "At the end of the day, I'm still going to be mad about the money I missed out on, but it's a changing thing, it's ever-changing, the law, and eventually we'll see how stupid it is to spend (millions of dollars) to put people in jail for smoking a plant. "At the end of the day, it's all about money (in sports), and who makes it. Marijuana isn't making the majority of these people money yet, and the second that they can, you'll see the restrictions come down. It's all about money. It's always about money." Denver Post
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