Sorry for being a little late on this one, but just when I thought this story couldn't get any more ridiculous it just did.
Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood has issued somewhat of an apology regarding comments he made about fellow NBA player Stephon Marbury's erratic behavior in a series of videos posted on YouTube over the summer where he's seen shirtless, crying, and dancing to Aqua's "Barbie Girl". Haywood describes one particular video starring Marbury where he is being massaged on the shoulder by a male friend as "gay porn". Let's take a look at the initial comment by Haywood that started this whole mess.
“At first it was cool, but after a while it just became disturbing. He’s on YouTube crying with no shirt on for no reason, sweating while his boy’s rubbing his shoulders. What’s that about? That’s like gay porn. I don’t understand it. He’s dancing to a song called ‘Barbie Doll’, doing like stripper moves. I have no idea what’s going on with the guy, it’s almost like he’s trying to end his own career. There’s not a GM out there that would touch Marbury right now… Have you seen the ‘Barbie Doll’ clip? Click on YouTube and go to Barbie Doll. There’s no way any other professional athletes would wanna get dressed around this guy, because you gotta think something is a little, he’s swinging from both sides of the fence.”
But what a difference a couple of weeks of bad press from the gay mafia can make. In a post published on the sports blog Yarbarker on Tuesday Haywood retracts his earlier statement. “I just wanted to take a time out and let you know that no disrespect was intended. I was just trying to have fun with a crazy situation. I don’t support or condemn homosexuality and I believe in everyone making choices for themselves.”
Haywood also blogged about the clip on August 4, saying, “If I was on his team, there’s no way I’m getting undressed in front of him after watching that…”
In his "apology" on Tuesday, Haywood said that his interview comments and earlier blog post had been “misinterpreted.” Yeah right.
“I hope no one was offended because I wasn’t trying to come off like Tim Hardaway,” he said, referring to the former Miami Heat guard who apologized in 2007 after saying “I hate gay people” in response to an interviewer's question about John Amaechi's coming out.
And for fun...the infamous Stephon Marbury video below: