Toronto Raptors fans know well the feeling of being snubbed by the NBA, the league’s only Canadian market (you’ve had your chance, Vancouver) often sidelined in league discourse and subject to questionable calls.
But a new claim from a well-known NBA writer really takes the cake, suggesting to his more than 71,000 Twitter followers that the Toronto Raptors should be rendered ineligible for the upcoming playoffs, where the team all but got a top seed in contention.
It all started with an article on ESPN.com discussing the vaccination status of Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers players, as they are the teams most likely to face the Raptors in a first-round playoff game.
New ESPN story: Asked over the past 24 hours if their teams are fully vaccinated, the Heat and Bucks said they are. The Celtics and 76ers have refused to do so – meaning they could miss players for road games in a potential first-round series with Toronto. https://t.co/TQD07Qo7rI
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 30, 2022
The story says Celtics and 76ers players declined to share their vaccination status, hinting that the teams could be shorthanded for road games played in Toronto due to the vaccination mandate at the federal border. from Canada.
NBA senior editor at Hoopswire.com, Sam Amico, has hit back with a proposed solution to this perceived problem, one that has angered not only an entire nation of basketball fans, but just about the entire Twitter of basketball.
The responses were quick and harsh.
We found the wrong tweet of the day
— AFunkyDiabetic (@FunkyDiabetic1) March 30, 2022
Fans say a much simpler solution would be to get struggling players vaccinated, while others point to the twisted logic of punishing an entire team for a few misinformed players on American teams.
Sam misses the step that all personal choices have consequences, some of which aren’t always pleasant.
At the same time, he wants to make a team ineligible for the playoffs because of the personal choices of other people who are not in this team?
A little confused by the logic here
— Kendal Steele 🏟💰 (@K_Steele1) March 30, 2022
Meanwhile, Raptors players must provide proof of vaccinations to enter the United States, which makes the argument even more ridiculous.
You need to be vaccinated to enter the US too, but you don’t hear the raptors complaining pic.twitter.com/UWBDf2o6BN
— OG-Wan Kenobi (@Gyro_22) March 30, 2022
Twitter never forgets, and it didn’t take long for people to track down some of Amico’s past shitty takes.
— City of Grak, Population: 😬 (@R____City) March 30, 2022
Apparently, the writer was even meme-ified for questionable comments.
no wonder this is one of the most popular basketball twitter memeshttps://t.co/Sr9MIwY3X6
— Perkus Tooth in the cabin (@_zestymordant) March 30, 2022
In perhaps the toughest dagger thrown Amico’s way, one even asked: “where were you on january 6th?”, a photo of her seemingly anti-vax stance.