The New York Knicks failed to defend the Miami Heat during a 104-94 loss last night, and there’s not defending what Amar’e Stoudemire did after the game.
A Knicks official confirmed that Stoudemire had cut his non-shooting hand when he punched a small glass door that protects a fire extinguisher just outside the Knicks’ locker room. Stoudemire’s hand shattered the pane and he needed an undetermined number of stitches to close the wound.
It was an impulsive, stupid thing to do, but it doesn’t make Stoudemire stupid. Unfortunately, the media has aleady started its harangue. The New York Daily News called it a show of “frustration and selfishness.” Frustration? Yes. Selfishness? No. Selfishness is something one does to benefit oneself over others. There’s no benefit here, unless you include the media which is trying to benefit with readers by reinforcing the stereotype of athletes being selfish.
The sports cover page of the Daily News read “Glasshole” over a picture of Stoudemire leaving for the hospital.
The sports media likes to rip athletes for an attitude that reflects a sense of entitlement, but when the media was held back from talking to Stoudemire following the incident one newspaper characterize Stoudemire’s exit from the locker room as ‘snaking out of a side exit,’ while the team exited through a back door.
I didn’t matter that Stoudemire had a medical emergency. Stoudemire leaving quickly to the hospital constituted a nefarious, sneaking away from the scene.