Jalen Rose Makes His Case In Defense Of J.R. Smith And The NBA Clubbing Culture (VIDEO)

  • Jake O'Donnell

Are athletes people? Can they party just like the rest of us do after work? As Jalen Rose says, “They didn’t make happy hour for athletes,” suggesting that their schedules often leave them with no other option but to hit up clubs. It’s an interesting point. One that Jalen, who considers himself a social butterfly of sorts, believes is justifiable if not for any other reason than it’s just part of a some guys rituals after they get out of work later than everybody else.

Fine, but that doesn’t account for J.R. chugging bottles of thousand dollar champagne the night before a game.

We understand that some guys have to wind down with some drinking. And going out to socialize and listen to music and meet women is obviously all good. It’s probably why they work so hard to be pros in the first place. But why can’t they just do it in their multi-million dollar apartments/mansions? Just keep it out of the newspapers for Christ’s sake. Stop rubbing it in my face that you aren’t doing your homework before the big exam.

Additionally, a problem with his argument is that he simply doesn’t recognize the fallout from such habits as unacceptable. Volatile relationships, inflated egos, legal issues, hangovers, media attention, distractions, mood swings — no matter how much you justify the life style as a product of scheduling, you can’t justify the baggage it brings. Sure, being a pirate might mean you have to drink rum because it’s the only thing on the boat, but that doesn’t justify shooting your first mate with a cannonball because you were drunk.

There’ll be plenty of time to get fucked up in the offseason, just don’t do it on Instagram when we’re shelling out $500 for a ticket to come see you perform at your peak the next day. What do you think? Tweet your thoughts to @SportsyDad.

H/T Grantland