On the surface, I loathe everything about Purple Shirt Guy. Actually - scratch that - way deep down in my soul I loathe everything about Purple Shirt Guy. How could I not? He's the type of person that shows up to a sporting event wearing something absolutely obnoxious for no other reason than to stand out. He's the type of person that does everything in his power to interact with athletes and interject himself into a game of which he is strictly a spectator. He is the type of person that doesn't know when to shut the fuck up after someone CLEARLY gets the best of him. You would think that the combination of those three types of people into one single person would just make me hate him that much more...and it does. I would never want to be friends with this dude. I never want to have a beer with him. I can't even think of anything more agonizing than simply sharing a section with him.
That said, I can't help but respect his actions last night. Nothing he did was admirable, but the extent to which he did it absolutely was. If you are going to be the aggressively outspoken attention whore in the Hornets headband, purple button-down, and plaid dress pants then you have to do so through good times and bad. If he had just slumped back in his seat after Dwyane Wade nailed an absolute dagger of a shot right in his eyeball then he would have proved that the irrational amount of narcissism that someone has to have to get in a pissing match with a professional athlete was all a front. It's one thing to scream insults from the fifth row where you are basically untouchable. It's another thing to nearly go nose-to-nose with one of the best players in the sport over the last decade and repeatedly demand that he retire. To confidently stand there and berate someone that can murder you with one single punch as that person is crouched over with his eyes piercing straight through your skull AND not piss you pants?! I don't care if he knew there was no chance that D-Wade would lay a hand on him. He still showed an amount of testicular fortitude that drastically surpassed what I would expect from someone that goes by the name 'Purple Shirt Guy'. Just because I don't like any of the roles that he fills doesn't mean I can't appreciate his undying dedication to them.