In Words That Were His And His Alone, Derrick Rose Stated That He Wants Everyone Who Doesn't Believe In Him To Kill Themselves
Annnnd that, right there, is why there was a substantial percentage of basketball fans calling for the pumping of the brakes on Derrick Rose's redemption story when he propped himself out of the NBA equivalent of a coma and put forth a 50+ point performance earlier this year.
Okay fine, not exactly "that", as being mixed up in a sexual assault trial (during which he casually questioned the definition of the word 'consent') at the height of the 'Me Too' movement makes him far more of a villain than a facetious use of the phrase "kill yourself". Still, even halfheartedly encouraging suicide as an oft-mentally discombobulated member of a league that's recently placed an emphasis on taking positive steps to promoting mental health is just another example of his, for lack of a better word, stupidity.
The story of Derrick Rose as a basketball player will inevitably be a sad tale of a transcendent talent whose body betrayed him, but the story of him as a person will inevitably be a problematic tale of an unlikable (if not criminal) idiot whose mouth and/or brain betrayed him. I don't want to throw stones from the moral high ground on which my glass house has been built like "kill yourself" didn't rank a close third behind "what up" and "peace" on my list of overused forms of address during my formative years. Still, there is a time and a place. That time is most certainly not 2019, and that place is definitely not in front of an NBA-affiliated microphone when otherwise respectably answering a run-of-the-mill question about the firing of his favorite coach. It shouldn't have required all that much thinking to come to that conclusion before he let a suicide suggestion slip from his tongue...twice.
Good on Derrick Rose for apologizing (after having the following tweet crafted for him by 10-20 Timberwolves' employees that damn near pass out holding their breathe whenever he opens his mouth), I guess, but someone who is no stranger to having his head play tricks on him should really no better at this point.