Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Celebrity

Apparently an entertainer assaulted a coach in a gym with a kettlebell this weekend. I've seen it shared and re-shared on my social media feeds, unfortunately even by some kettlebell athletes and trainers I know. Apparently this is what "kettlebell" means now; it's what that rapper threw at that guy that one time because barbells, plates, dumbbells, Indian clubs, and ab wheels weren't at-hand. Thank goodness it wasn't a jump rope; imagine the impact to grade schools everywhere.

This story was on ESPN SportCenter today during my lunch hour yesterday, but I didn't see one mention of the US National Women's Soccer Team winning its World Cup match against Colombia. It was a difficult game, and Megan Rapinoe got suspended (for a truly questionable call) from the upcoming match against China. That's sports news. That's something a nationwide TV audience should be interested in, on an all-sports TV network.

I'd like to acknowledge www.cnn.com for listing this story under "Entertainment". Not that assault is entertaining, but at least CNN sorted out this tabloid chaser from the innocent people being actually victimized with fists and guns and abduction and bigotry in their other reports. This incident drew charges of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and "terrorist threats". For academic reasons alone, I want to hear what he said that escalated this from A&B to terrorism.

I don't have a good ending to this. That this shiny person gets this kind of attention when real news doesn't just irritates me.

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