When LeBron James posted a video of the police escort he received to skip the traffic in heading to a Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert, most of us chalked it up to celebrity treatment and left it at that.
But when something goes as public as that video did and it involves a government agency, questions are going to be asked as to whether the rules were followed and whether or not this was departmental procedure.
As it turns out, they weren’t, and it wasn’t.
So, the Miami-Dade police department issued a statement letting everyone know that the officer responsible has been given the requisite slap on the wrist.
From the Associated Press:
In a statement released Thursday, the department says it has chosen to give the officer “informal counseling” after investigating the escort involving the athlete. The statement says no further action will be taken. It does not identify the officer.
If there was no video, there would have been no statement, and no counseling for the “offending” officer.
It won’t be the last time LeBron receives special treatment like this, but you can bet that he won’t be the one sharing the video evidence of it the next time it happens.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.