Well, we've now all seen a lot of the latest drunk driving stuff on Charles Barkley and I don't think a lot of us are especially surprised. So I'm watching IFC this morning and they're showing a documentary from 2004, The Year of the Mao, about Yao Ming's crazy first year in the NBA as their first Chinese player. It wasn't easy for this 6-foot 10-inch rookie to adapt not only to the game but to the American way of life. And he could barely speak English when he first arrived.
The initial skepticism and some of the racism didn't let up for quite a while until he started to find his groove. And even in the documentary, the subtle and often not-so-subtle racism comes through, especially from many of the black players and commentators. Especially Charles Barkley.
So I watched with delight when Barkley lost his bet to Kenny Smith. He bet that Yao Ming would never, ever score 19 points in a game. The bet? He'd kiss Kenny Smith's ass. And of course, it's all up on YouTube. Heh Heh Heh.