Gotta Love Raptors GM Masai Ujiri Getting Fined For Cursing During A Pep Rally For The 2nd Year In A Row
Sports Illustrated- While addressing fans at a rally outside the Air Canada Centre before Game 1 of the Raptors-Wizards series on Saturday, Uriji spoke briefly about Pierce's comments earlier in the week saying the Wizards are not worried about facing the Raptors.
"I know everybody wants me to say something about Paul Pierce," Ujiri said. "This is what I'm going to say: We don't give a s--- about it."
"We haven't done particularly well against Toronto, but I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried,'' Pierce told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. "There isn't a team I look at in the Eastern Conference that makes me say, 'They are intimidating, we don't have a chance.'"
Ujiri was also fined $25,000 last postseason for yelling "F--- Brooklyn" at a fan rally before Toronto's series against the Nets.
Nope, no saracasm here. All fans want out of an owner is to facilitate his funds wisely. Following last years loss of $25K for saying "Fuck Brooklyn" with this years loss of $35k for saying "we don't give a shit about all that" is just that. How else are you supposed to get the blood of a rabid Toronto fan base boiling at a pep rally? What's a couple of expletives between friends? After all, we are talking about a city that has exclusively been using 4-letter words to describe their hockey team all year. They are almost immune to appropriate language and common courtesy at this point. It's not like Ujiri took the first shot. If we are talking about bulletin board material I would think Toronto would have a lot more of it after Paul Pierce took a shot at the very nature of their roster.
Give me a general manager that is involved. Give me a general manager whose idea of spoiling himself is dropping a couple thousand to work the crowd into a frenzy. It's more entertaining than 90% of the GM's in professional sports who sit in a luxury box with no expression whatsoever most of the time. Matsui Ujiri isn't just an employee, he's a fan. He's a man of the people, despite how poorly that reflects on his bank account. You want to attend a Toronto Raptors pep rally with your family? Better bring your big boy pants and a couple pairs of ear muffs. No one is going to 'Fear The North' if they start responding to insults with politically correct cliches.