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Gangbanging is sooo early ’90s

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Derrick Rose, guard for the Chicago Bulls, has come under fire for displaying gang signs in the above picture that has recently been floating around the internet.  He claims that it was just a bad joke:

“I want to emphatically state, now and forever, that Derrick Rose is anti-gang, anti-drug and anti-violence,” Rose said in the statement released through the Bulls. “I am not, nor have I ever been, affiliated with any gang, and I can’t speak loudly enough against gang violence and the things that gangs represent.  This photo was taken at a party I attended in Memphis while I was in school there, and was meant as a joke … a bad one, I now admit,” Rose’s statement said. “In posing for this picture, I am guilty of being young, naive and of using extremely poor judgment. I sincerely apologize to all my fans for my mistake.”

The picture made an appearance just weeks after Rose was accused of academic fraud at the University of Memphis.  A Bulls spokesman stated that they are aware of the photo but are unconcerned because they photo doesn’t represent the current image and personality of Derrick Rose.  I totally understand that standpoint because so many people do young and dumb things while in college.  Derrick grew up in Englewood and all of my Chicagoans know that it’s rough over there.  Although I do believe that he doesn’t condone gang violence, sometimes when we’re young, we imitate the things we see and don’t think about the repercussions.  I’m glad that the picture is from the past and he isn’t on the corner gangbanging as we speak.  In may cases, inner-city kids don’t realize how negative the images that we see everyday can be.  At least this situation has opened the door for the discussion of gang violence and hopefully the youth will take notice and listen.

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2 Responses

  1. incognegro says:

    They (“they” being the powers that be…) are trying their damn-dest to ensure that this boy ends back up in Englewood. They bring up this nonsense about his transcripts and his academic performance at the University of Memphis, when irregardless of whether it is true or not, his current job has nothing to do with SAT’s or college degrees – he’s a baller (said with a New York accent)!!! We don’t hold it against lawyers for not knowing how to shoot a decent jumpshot, so don’t hold it against an athlete for not being a National Merit Scholar.

    That being said, people need to learn when to give sh_t up! I remember when I was in college, you had a bunch of wannabe’s running around, thugged-out like their Blackstone Rangers (present day Stones); when in reality, they were all from the suburbs, and the only time they saw a gang was while watching “Menace 2 Society.” People need to learn when it’s time to give up their “thug card”, their “player’s card”, and the list goes on…because you can’t be a thug and college student too – there’s just too many conflicts of interests (i.e. final exams and shoot-outs…bad joke). I understand that sometimes gangs can be the only source of family or protection that a person has, but being at U of Memphis, you would think that he would see that there’s more to life. All in all, he’s become a reputable man, and has carried himself quite well…so people need to let the past stay in the past, and allow this man to enjoy his present and future successes!

  2. Tea says:

    I really do think this was a joke. I have a bunch of guy friends from the Chi that will throw up the fork in photos for the hell of it. They’re not gangbangers. They don’t even keep a piece on them(as far as I know). It’s just satirical – imitating how played out gangbangin’ really is.

    He’ll get past this (cause he’s a beast on the court), the same way Melo got past that stop snitchng nonsense.

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