Gordon Hayward will be making a decision about his future in the next few days. But it will have nothing to do with the racist, ignorant views of some who are lining up in Utah’s or Boston’s corner.
Two takes, one from each city, hinted Hayward should prefer playing in Utah or Boston because Miami is a) too culturally diverse and b) too much of a party town.
Hayward, who visited the Heat and Celtics over the weekend and is meeting with his old team, Utah, today, is expected to announce his decision Tuesday or Wednesday.
Adam Kaufman, a morning-drive talking-head for a Boston radio station, last week reported he continues to “hear” that Hayward would not be a fit in Miami because he is “not a going out, partying type.”
First, Kaufman must have taken LeBron James’ “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” speech literally and believes the Heat and every other team plays on the tip of Miami Beach and that every athlete is forced to live on Collins Ave.
And unless Kaufman just finished watching Scarface or a Miami Vice marathon, there is no plausible explanation as to why an adult believes that Miami offers nothing but out-of-control parties and everybody who lives there stays out to 5 a.m.
Now, if Kaufman said Hayward and his wife, Robyn, are not good fits because they are not the types who want to live in a tropical climate where they can visit the beach and wear flip-flops year round without the danger frost bite, then he might have been on to something.
The attack on South Florida got worst when Ben Dowsett, whose Twitter account lists him as the Deputy Editor of Basketball Insiders and is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, sent out a tweet that he later deleted. It read:
Heat fans seriously have trouble figuring out why UTAH is a more family-friendly place than Miami.
Dowsett then confirmed the tone behind the tweet when his apology read he “didn’t consider the implications of the wording.”
According to the Miami New Times, Dowsett’s mentions blew up asking for an explanation and he continued to hint Utah’s makeup of 81.6 percent non-Hispanic whites translates to more “family-friendly” than an area as culturally and racially diverse at Miami and South Florida.
And if Dowsett believes the Haywards would be turned off to an area because of its diversity, he has not seen Robyn Hayward’s Instagram that links to loveguatemala.org, an organization that “exists to give hope to Guatemalans through the gospel of Jesus Christ and vocational training.”