Our hearts stopped when we heard about the horrific earthquake in Japan last week. We immediately felt for the victims and their families, and may of us took to prayer and/or donations to try to help in our own way. Cappie Pondexter, who plays for the New York Liberty of the WNBA, had a different reaction.
Pondexter heard the news and did what millions of people did: took to Twitter. It’s just what we do these days when something like that happens. However, that’s pretty much where her similarities to the rest of us stop. Pondexter tweeted (according to ESPN.com):
“What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes.” She later tweeted: “u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can’t expect anything less.”
Pretty sure she’s thinking about North Korea with that first statement. Last I heard people in Japan weren’t exactly up in arms about the way they were being treated by the government. And apparently she felt Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn’t sufficiently atone for Pearl Harbor…God had to hit them with an 8.9 earthquake and a tsunami just for good measure.
Pondexter didn’t stop there. When she got one of thousands of angry responses, she retaliated by calling one Twitter-user a “jap”. Nice.
Obviously Pondexter’s comments are inexcusable, even after her standard apology today: “I wanna apologize to anyone I may hurt or offended during this tragic time,” blah, blah, blah.
However, if this was a publicity move for the WNBA, I have to admit it’s working. Nobody has talked this much about the WNBA since Lisa Leslie dunked in a game in 2002 and celebrated like she won the championship.
Maybe Pondexter’s tweets are part of an effort to create a new “badass” image of the league. They already tried this a few years ago with a brawl, but they’ve apparently taken it to the next level. Hey, it couldn’t hurt, right?
Don’t be surprised to see more WNBA stars coming out with some insensitive tweets. How about Diana Taurasi saying the Holocaust never happened? Or Sue Bird tweeting that she’d enjoy playing basketball a lot more if it weren’t for all the blacks? That would put some butts in the seats.
The WNBA: We Don’t Give a F—! Has a nice ring to it.