ESPN fires blogger for Haiti statements

Posted: January 27, 2010 in ESPN, Paul Shirley, Politics
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What is it with people making comments about Haiti?

ESPN fired former NBA player Paul Shirley from his position as a sports blogger for a blog he wrote on another website criticizing Haiti relief efforts and the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

In the blog Shirley posted on Flipcollective.com he alleged that Haitians are responsible for their own fate and should bear the brunt of their recovery.

Although some of the comments made by Shirley can seem offensive, I believe that he took a different approach to the Haiti situation and really thought about what may come of the unconditional help being spewed at them. He considered the aftermath based on past experiences. I’m not saying that I support him or the others who are against him, but this article was very well written and I give him kudos for having the balls to say any of it. If you’ve read this far, please take a couple moments to read the actual article he wrote and was fired over.

Feel free to comment.

Comments
  1. mike says:

    He got fired because he works for a big establishment corporation that, because of its subject matter, is more bound by the rules of political correctness than most. Good for you, presenting the piece and a response in a neutral fashion. If only there were more sober-minded, rational individuals in the mainstream!

    • Cris says:

      Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate that. Not everyone can read information and think in a neutral mindset without getting emotionally attached. I agree with your statement… “If only there were more sober-minded, rational individuals in the mainstream!”

  2. me says:

    It isn’t the content of what he wrote, it was the tone… of his skin.

  3. Me says:

    I don’t agree with what he said, I refuse to belive anyone would chose poverty on purpose. I get his point he is trying to make, but life isn’t that simple and it shows that humanity has a long way to go. I feel that if he really felt strong about his opinion then he should have flown to Haiti and told that to a victim while they are having their limbs amputated. I never heard of this “man” before this incident but I already conclude he had a sheltered and privileged life. By his argument you can blame the victims of the WTC for their own deaths. I actually had a friend who turned down a job because of the 1993 attack on the WTC.

  4. Me says:

    I don’t agree with what he said, I refuse anyone would chose poverty on purpose. I get his point he is trying to make, but life isn’t that simple and it shows that humanity has a long way to go. I feel that if he really felt strong about his opinion then he should have flown to Haiti and told that to a victim while they are having their limbs amputated. I never heard of this “man” before this incident but I already conclude he had a sheltered and privileged life. By his argument you can blame the victims of the WTC for their own deaths. I actually had a friend who turned down a job because of the 1993 attack on the WTC.

  5. Jeremy Smith says:

    It isn’t the content of what he wrote, it was the tone. If you cannot figure that out, you’re a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Others in the media wrote what Mr. Shirley wrote, but they used a more respectful, helpful tone.

    • Cris says:

      I really hope that you’re not trying to insult me. If you read what I said about not agreeing either way, then you would understand that I just posted this because I thought it was interesting. I really could care less of the tone in which he said it or anyone else for that matter. My point was that he did get fired over something that others have also said. Not everyone will be able to say their feelings the same way so that someone doesn’t get hurt. Like he said in his article… “it’s a harsh truth.” I’m not condoning anything, once again, I just thought the article was interesting…. the article that was written about him, not the one he wrote.

    • Gomez says:

      Can you link some of those pieces?

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