Uproxx- “This is complicated and it’s not great,” Le Batard said. “They are not in agreement here. The two sides—This runs the risk of getting problematic here at a bad time, because Chris Bosh wants on the court…It’s obvious that Chris Bosh wants on the court and that he’s pressuring the organization…and that his wife is pressuring the organization. They were wearing the #BringBoshBack shirts (Sunday). There is a tension happening.
“I don’t know exactly what to believe here, OK, but I do trust the organization and I trust the people in the organization who tell me things because I’ve never been lied to by them about much of anything. They’re telling me that they’re protecting him from him, but he doesn’t feel any symptoms. This doesn’t feel like the last time. All the doctors the Heat are talking to are saying, and they’re the foremost authorities on this stuff, ‘Hey, a second recurrence of a blood clot situation could be catastrophic, where you’ve got a death on the court.’”
I can't believe I am saying this, but this may be the most egomaniacal request an athlete has ever made. I understand that NBA players are competitors that always to compete whether it be through injury or illness. However, trying to manipulate your employer into letting you play through a potentially fatal condition when even the medical staff has told you it's not safe to takes an unforeseen level of selfishness. Chris Bosh can say that he just wants to help the team the best he can, but if that were true he would sit on the bench and act like the veteran leader he should be at this stage of his career. It's one thing to have disagreements with management behind closed doors, but wearing a self promotional t-shirt in an attempt to get the fans on your side and strong arm an organization into letting you risk your life is taking it to a whole new level.
Chris Bosh is intentionally becoming a distraction to a team that has a very real chance to go far in the NBA playoffs just so he come off the bench for a few minutes a game. I don't know what world he thinks he's living in, but players don't go from 'indefinitely inactive' to starting. So essentially a professional athlete is acting like a complete child because a professional sports franchise with some of the most knowledgable doctors in the world won't let him risk dying on national television for the award of a couple garbage time jump shots. This isn't a sprained ankle or a partially fractured wrist. This is an internal blood condition. It's something that Chris Bosh couldn't possibly judge the severity of based on how he feels getting out of bed. Not only is the fact that he can't wrap his head around that almost unfathomable, but his refusal to embrace the role of leading in street clothes is downright unfair to his teammates.