SOB – When Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio uploaded a photo to Twitter of himself watching the NBA playoffs on a television while sitting in a baggage carousel at an airport, most reasonable folks likely chuckled at the humorous image. Perhaps it even made Rubio that much more of an endearing individual in the eyes of his fans, something mentioned in a caption of the photo when it was published on the website of the Star Tribune, a Twin Cities newspaper. One reader of the Star Tribune was so bothered by the paper publishing the photo and became so irate that he or she had no other option but to make their opinion heard by leaving an irate voicemail with the Star Tribune about the irresponsibility of it all. Yep.
Voicemail transcription from RandBall via SOB
“[Name redacted] calling about the Rubio airport lounge. … You know, I am totally disappointed that you would print that. I don’t think he even had the good sense to realize it was inappropriate. If all of us hopped up and sat down on the carousel, or if every child of 6 and 7 hopped up on the carousel, they would have security pulling those kids off. Why, then, do we tolerate such behavior from a 21-year-old who puts it out there for others to see?
“It’s bad enough he does it, but then he self-publishes his picture. Think about it! If every 6 or 7 year old at the airport were to hop on the carousels, security would be getting them off. Why do we have a different rule, and why would the Star Tribune publish something? Our athletes are all spoiled.
“I think you made some points that were important. I agree, elevate the leg. Many people elevate their legs for many reasons. But we don’t hop on a carousel and sit there and watch TV. I’m disappointed in the Star Tribune, and obviously I don’t agree with the athletes of today. They’re spoiled brats. And I know a few of them.”
I know I’ve criticized Rubio plenty in the past, but when it comes down to it I’m a legitimate fan of the guy. He’s confident in his abilities, one of the most gifted passers in the world, and even had the balls to talk shit about the Olympics to one Kobe Bean Bryant. Most of my venom is grounded in respect for his skills and our Spanish basketball arch rivals. And as someone with an open love/hate relationship with Rubio, I feel it’s my place now to objectively state what’s going on here: Bitchy McCoddleKids doesn’t understand cool when she sees it.
Yeah, lady, nobody wants kids lounging on the luggage things. But guess what: kids won’t be allowed to lounge on the luggage things. So there’s really no problem and I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. Ricky Rubio is an all-world athlete with a fantastic beard and a shredded knee that requires elevation. Where better could he relax, keep his knee elevated, and watch the game at the same time? There is no better place. This was it, it was awesome, and you’re probably just upset because the last time you had an orgasm was when Mariah Carey was wearing flannel.
You’re gonna die one day. Stop wasting your time complaining about hypothetical child airport injuries.
PS – Furious Voicemail. Band name called it.