NBA writer slammed after suggesting Toronto Raptors should be kicked out of playoffs

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.

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.

Easy fix: Toronto ineligible for the playoffs or must play playoff games at home in the United States. Don’t punish American teams because of another country’s rules“, the tweet read.

The responses were quick and harsh.

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.

Meanwhile, Raptors players must provide proof of vaccinations to enter the United States, which makes the argument even more ridiculous.

Twitter never forgets, and it didn’t take long for people to track down some of Amico’s past shitty takes.

Apparently, the writer was even meme-ified for questionable comments.

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.