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From The BVX –Athletes say some pretty stupid things. Take Dwyane Wade, for example. Just yesterday, the Miami Heat guard apologized for saying that the media would compare his team’s potential losses to 9/11.

“There’s going to be times when we might lose one, two games in a row, maybe two games, three games in a row…It’s going to seem like the world is crashed down,” he said on Sunday. “You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade has just went down again. But it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games lost and we’ll have to get back on track.” – Dwyane Wade

D-Wade meant well. What he meant to say was that the media is going blow things out of proportion when it comes to the Dwayne Wade/LeBron James/Chris Bosh show in Miami next season. But what he actually said was something that could be perceived as offensive to some people out there. He’s not the first athlete to do this, either. To prove it, we tracked down 10 of the dumbest things pro athletes have ever said. Then, we broke down what they meant and translated what we heard when they said it to show just how stupid the comments really were. Listen carefully.

1) NFL tight end Kellen Winslow

What He Said: “It’s war,” the former University of Miami tight end and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer said in November 2003. “They’re out there to kill you, so I’m out there to kill them. We don’t care about anybody but this U. They’re going after my legs. I’m going to come right back at them… I’m a soldier.”

What He Meant: “I play as hard as I possibly can on the football field and do whatever I can to help my team win.”

What We Heard: “Despite the fact that there are actual men and women fighting wars overseas right now, I am going to call myself a soldier to prove how tough I am. Look at me: I’M TOUGH! I play a silly sport but I look tough while I’m doing it. Look! Look! Look at me!”

2) NBA All-Star forward Kevin Garnett

What He Said: “This is it,” the former Minnesota Timberwolves superstar said in May 2004 before Game 7 of the T’Wolves/Sacramento Kings 2004 Western Conference playoff series. “It’s for all the marbles. I’m sitting in the house loading up the pump. I’m loading up the Uzis, I’ve got a couple of M-16s, couple of nines, couple of joints with some silencers on them, couple of grenades, got a missile launcher. I’m ready for war.”

What He Meant: “This next game is huge. And I’m ready to pull out all the stops to make sure we get the W.”

What We Heard: “Forget all the people fighting for our freedom in Iraq and getting shot and maimed and killed so that I can play the game of basketball. Strap up — it’s time to go out there and battle for a — well, a berth in the next round of the playoffs. That’s important, right? Well, then I’m ready!”

3) Retired NBA player Tim Hardaway

What He Said: “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known,” the former Miami Heat star said on a radio show in February 2007 in reference to the news that former NBA center John Amaechi had recently come out as a gay man. “I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”

What He Meant: “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known…I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”

What We Heard: “I am embarrassing myself, my family, the Miami Heat, the NBA and all of mankind right now with my comments. I am an idiot. No, seriously, I am. I am on a radio station saying idiotic things that no apology will ever make right. Listen to me destroy my legacy and my reputation in less time than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn. Let’s get this show started!”

4) MLB third basemen Evan Longoria

What He Said: “He still doesn’t have one, Carlos [Pena],” the Tampa Bay Rays player said in October 2008 in reference to the Mohawks players on the team had been sporting to show unity. “And I told him not to… He’s the clean-cut Latin guy on our team. I guess it’s debatable if he’s Latin or not. He is Dominican. I told him not to.”

What He Meant: “Carlos Pena shouldn’t get a Mohawk. It just wouldn’t look right on him.”

What We Heard: “I’m about to make a pretty offensive statement for the sake of making a joke about my teammate. The joke’s really not that funny-and the offensive part definitely is not funny-but, aw shucks. Let’s try it out and see what happens because I like to bust chops… Um, yeah, that went over about as well as I thought it would. Anyway, don’t get a Mohawk, my Dominican, not-really-Latin friend!”

5) Retired NFL superstar Michael Irvin

What He Said: “[There must be] some brothers in that line somewhere,” the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver said of current Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on a national radio station in November 2006, referring to him being a white guy with a lot of athleticism. “[Maybe] his great, great, great, great Grandma ran over in the ‘hood or something went down.”

What He Meant: “Tony Romo is one hell of an athlete. Especially for a white guy!”

What We Heard: “Hi, I’m Michael Irvin and I’m going to make a really asinine assumption about white athletes: If they’re athletic, they must have some black in them!”

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  • Ivy

    Ok, D. Wade’s statement wasn’t offensive. Though lacking in correct grammar, I got his point and it was well-made.

    Numbers 1 & 2: yeah, comparing yourself to a soldier when you just play a game for a living is completely inappropriate. Agree there.

    3. The comment was pretty aggressive, definitely intolerant and hateful. But he has a right to say what he feels. It should have been worded better, though.

    I don’t even understand #4, though I get that saying a Dominican isn’t a Latin is pretty foul.

    The foolishness in #5 is that the man says Romo’s g’ma “ran to the hood”. Damn, #wheretheydothatat, talking about people’s grandmothers?? And why she have to go to the hood? Is that the only place you can find black people? Geez.

    Yeah, athletes can be thick, but we all knew this already, didn’t we?

  • Terri

    The first two statements were fine, there’s other wars we fight everyday other than the one in Iraq. So get over it….making mountains out of moleholes….I like clutch but this article was stupid….