Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd are 2 former players whom Damian Lillard endorsed for the role of Blazers head coach.
Ever since he did it, Blazers fans have painstakingly compiled a list of the terrible things both did in the past. And they made sure to let their entire fanbase knew about it. Through Reddit, Twitter and other social media, they tried to relay to people what these guards’ past was.
It apparently didn’t work as well as these fans intended. Billups was hired anyway, and none of these old news articles reached the eye of the Blazers star. But since Billups’ hiring was announced, all of this has now taken an unsavoury turn.
Lillard is being accused of systemically supporting misogynistic men and putting them in positions of power. He’s got a pretty big faction of NBA fans aghast that he sided with a man accused of rape.
Damian Lillard responds to accusations of supporting ‘misogynists’ like Chauncey Billups
Dame addressed all of this talk on Twitter with a post of his own. In his mind, he can’t be held accountable for not doing a background check on the character of men whom he endorses for a coaching role. This is the message that he posted in his tweet:
“Really? I was asked what coaches I like of the names I “heard” and I named them. Sorry I wasn’t aware of their history I didn’t read the news when I was 7/8yrs old. I don’t support Those things … but if this the route y’all wana come at me… say less.”
Really? I was asked what coaches I like of the names I “heard” and I named them. Sorry I wasn’t aware of their history I didn’t read the news when I was 7/8yrs old. I don’t support Those things … but if this the route y’all wana come at me… say less https://t.co/N1GPkX3Ohd
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 26, 2021
People are holding the wrong people ‘accountable’ for the wrong reasons in this whole hoopla. One cannot help but question the timing of why so much Chauncey Billups slander has now been unleashed.
The case that is being referred to was filed years and years ago. Billups has never been in public record threatening anyone else’s life or safety – not even close. Much of this argumentation sounds like a white man’s front to spew racist rhetoric about black athletes.