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Seahawks Receiver Golden Tate Disses NASCAR, Looks Bad

So apparently NASCAR drivers are already “Poor and Stupid”, and according to Seahawks receiver Golden Tate they shouldn’t be considered professional “athletes” either.

He has spent the last day just getting roasted for the following tweet:

“@ShowtimeTate: Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism

Of course, that drew the ire of NASCAR fans all over. Jimme Johnson even re-tweeted comments from SB Nation blogger Jeff Gluck that called Tate “ignorant” as well. Personally, I am not much of a die hard NASCAR guy, but I can appreciate the sport and the fact that while it does not take the athleticism to compete in a sport like the NFL or NBA it does take talent that not everyone possesses. There are so many lower rungs on the racing ladder before NASCAR and you truly do have to be elite to find yourself racing in a NASCAR circuit.

It doesn’t get much better for the Maple Bar caper, because when one kicks the hornets nest, one should expect some backlash. He foolishly decided to respond and he honestly looks like a “poor mans” James Harrison:

@ShowtimeTate: I’ve driven a car on unknown roads at night at 90mph no big deal. No sign of athletism”

Yeah Golden, I go to Washington State University, you don’t know the meaning of unknown roads. Besides that, this is just stupid, why would you tweet you were driving an illegal speed for all eyes to see? That’s like Holmes tweeting he’s liking his wake n bake. For those of you not in the know of the only thing that could really mean; he woke up and either sparked a blunt or loaded a bowl. If you’re still clueless, too bad.

@ShowtimeTate: Guarantee he couldn’t in million year play any SPORT”

I’m not inclined to agree with this on an absolute basis. He does have a point throughout this entire twitter craze, although he does a terrible job at making it. He doesn’t see Jimmie Johnson capable of playing in one of the five major professional sports: NBA, NFL MLB, NHL, MLS. The image of Jimmie Johnson trying to handle Blake Griffin in the paint does draw a potential laugh. Lining up the 5″11 Johnson at cornerback or receiver would probably end up badly, and that’s the underlying point Tate is making.

There’s also a flipside to his point. Sure Johnson can’t do what Tate can (and that’s been what so far exactly Golden?), but Tate can’t do what Jimmie Johnson does no matter how he tries to justify it. Tate would get strapped into a NASCAR and several moments later may cause a pile up. Were not talking about driving 90 MPH, it’s speeds of more then double that.

Here are some more colorful comments from Maple Man:

@ShowtimeTate: give me 6 months of training and I bet I could compete

@ShowtimeTate: have u won anything at all?? (have you Golden?)

@ShowtimeTate: your just upset that only thing u can do is tweet at people u wish u were talented enough to be. To bad no1 cares about u

Not exactly the way a second year receiver who by all means had a non existent rookie campaign endears himself to the media and to a fanbase he still has to prove himself to. I was content with his selection and I thought the Maple Bar thing was funny, but if he’s going to be this brash he at least needs to have some significant numbers to put behind his talk this coming year.

At least he attempted to apologize, even though it was comical:

@ShowtimeTate: Apologies for my offensive comment to NASCAR fans. I actually read up on it and NO I couldn’t race a car 150 mph

I don’t think he could have actually “read up” on this because if your NASCAR is only going 150 MPH you’re going to lose the race badly.

At least he admitted he can’t do what Jimmie Johnson can do even though this entire thing started with saying Johnson isn’t an athlete and therefore insinuating he likely couldn’t do what Tate does.

It’s a vicious cycle.







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