Skin art not a litmus test for character, ethics or ... anything

Aaron Hernandez charged for murder

Skin art not a litmus test for character, ethics or ... anything
June 26, 2013, 9:15 pm
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"Skin art has nothing to do with anything, except maybe the owner’s propensity for using him or herself as a coloring book."
Ray Ratto

The photo of Aaron Hernandez’ exquisitely tattooed arms at his arrest probably put some people into a fresh dither about Colin Kaepernick’s festival of skin art, and more recently, John Wall’s decision to tat up. The first outraged columnist David Whitley of The Sporting News last fall, the second Jason Reid of the Washington Post, and we only bring it up for one reason.

Skin art has nothing to do with anything, except maybe the owner’s propensity for using him or herself as a coloring book. It is not a litmus test for character, ethics, behavior or anything else.

Yes, yes, I know, but it unfortunately had to be said because some folks still don’t get it.

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By the way, Aaron Hernandez has disappeared from NFL.com. His stats from 2012 are still there, but the New York boys couldn’t wait to disappear him now that he's been released by the Patriots and picked up by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections..

Of course, TMZ has proprietary rights to him now.

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Serena Williams is preparing a third statement, in which she says she wanted to explain herself more thoroughly to Maria Sharapova, but looked all over Wimbledon and couldn’t find her.

Well, she didn’t, actually, but she so desperately wants to.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have taken out an enormous billboard at Staples Center which essentially begs Dwight Howard to stay and play in 2014. The Lakers . . . begging.

Let that rattle around in your head, and consider that Chris Cohan at his most clinically daft never did that. Not that he wouldn’t have, mind you, if he could have gotten the sign for free, but still . . .

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Five fans at a Sacramento Kings promotion designed to juice up local interest in the team hit half-court shots and won season tickets. That seemed like excessively good luck, and expensive good luck at that, but when you remember that they averaged 3,568 available season ticket plans per night, each fan could have been given 707 season tickets, and still had enough seats left over for the Maloofs.

On the other hand, why the hell not give away season tickets? The five folks did something the Kings' roster is unlikely to do this year.

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And finally, Alex Rodriguez has someone close to him who shared with the outside world his trepidation about continuing to serve the New York Yankees. "Alex thinks there's something really off about this situation,” the source in question told ESPN. “Here we have a doctor declaring him fit to play. You think they would be happy about that.”

Instead, he got the back of general manager Brian Cashman’s hand, and has apparently concluded that the Yankees don’t want him back. “Alex thinks it's all about the insurance,” the source said. “How could it not be?”

Maybe we can help.

OF COURSE IT’S ABOUT THE INSURANCE, YOU SPECTACULARLY SELF-DELUDED YUTZ. THEY’RE SICK TO THE POINT OF UNCONTROLLABLE VOMITING WITH YOU, THEY DESPERATELY WANT NOT TO PAY YOU ANY MORE, AND EVERY SPORTSWRITER IN AMERICA FIGURED THAT OUT MONTHS AGO. AND WHEN SPORTSWRITERS HAVE FIGURED SOMETHING OUT, IT’S ONLY MINUTES BEFORE FOURTH GRADERS FIGURE IT OUT TOO. WHY IN THE HELL THAT ROASTED STALIN AND PAN-SEARED CALIGULA DID YOU NOT SEE THIS BEFORE NOW?

What a total and complete meat puppet he must be.