Bread City Basketball

I Don’t Like Mark Kiszla
June 14, 2007, 8:40 am
Filed under: Basketball, Bread City, Denver Nuggets | Tags: , , ,

Dear Editors:

Re: J.R. a fool in danger of losing it all, published Wednesday, June 13th.

What right does Mr. Kiszla have to question whether or not J.R. Smith is sorry that Andre Bell, his close friend, died in that car accident? The suggestion that Smith is such a monster that he could not care, and the further stipulation that this is because of rap music, is far beyond offensive.

For a so-called journalist to mock Smith and Bell by suggesting that they would have somehow preferred it if Bell had died “outside a seedy strip club at 3 a.m., the way it would go down in a rap song,” is tantamount to slander.

Mr. Kiszla’s goes on to focus his ire on the lack of a public apology from J.R. Smith, but it is unclear why he thinks any sports writer needs or deserves a personal statement of regret from the 21-year-old basketball player on the day after this tragedy.

It also unclear is why, to Mr. Kiszla, a car accident is an indication that “Smith is a gangsta wannabe who got lost in a dangerous game of make-believe.” (There were approximately 6,420,000 reported car accidents in the United States in 2005.) Why Mr. Kizla thinks that it is acceptable to write this in a major newspaper is a much greater mystery.

Mr. Kiszla does not bother to back up a single one of these provocative statements, or bother to explain what any of them could have to do with Smith’s close friend’s untimely death: that Smith “tried so hard to live the lyrics of a rap song,” that Smith “flashed gang signs after making 3-point shots” (he holds up three fingers), or that “Smith was too busy drowning in a culture bigger than himself to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up.”

Worse than just being an unwarranted personal attack, Mr. Kiszla’s article draws the journalistic integrity of the entire Denver Post into question.

I hope that Mr. Kiszla and the Denver Post will realize the gravity of this situation, and issue an apology to both J.R. Smith and to their readers.

6 Comments so far
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totally agree. he e-mailed me back with a disgusting comeback after I commented on his racist rant. what a prick!

Comment by sagal

Wow I would really like to know what he said.

Comment by Cliff

this is what he wrote back to me:
Hip hop did not cause the death of J.R. Smith’s friend.
J.R. Smith did.
You want to talk about cruel and unthinking behavior? There’s one definition for you.
When you have your license suspended five times, it might be more than an accident.
People in Denver’s black community have talked to J.R. about his 3-point shot sign also being interpreted as a gang sign. Are they racist? Or genuinely concerned?
Thug is your word, not mine.
Mine was wannabe. The costume to hide his insecurities could be a cowboy outfit or an astronaut suit, for all I care.
But pretend to be a fireman and you risk getting burned.
Act hard and above the law, and you risk hurting yourself, or worse, hurting a friend.
I appreciate your feedback,
Mark Kiszla

The reasoning for the his interpretation of a gang sign after he hits a three still sounds so ridiculous. I want to know who these people are that tell him that what J.R. does after hitting a three point shot is a gang sign. I see referees make the same gesture! And you should look up Jose Calderon of the Toronto Raptors..he does the same thing, but no one would call him a gangster!

Comment by sagal

nigga iverson if ur a blood or slob5 then why u wearing that b blue u should b weaing that red if u real… don’t throw up shit if u fake nigga…

Comment by Brian

He’s not throwing up no gang signs he’s saying he made two three pointers hell that’s what i do in my basketball games

Comment by Andrew Gonzalez

Kisla is clearly a clueless clown. I hope the paper goes out of business and he is out of the journalism world for the next 5 years. The herb deserves it.


Comment by zsmart

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