Paul Shirley fired from ESPN for Haiti comments

paul-shirley-nba.jpgPaul Shirley posted some rather polarizing comments about Haiti on FlipCollective Tuesday (Jan. 26). ESPN's ban-hammer was swift -- the former NBA player and author has been fired.

Among the things he wrote about Haiti were, "I haven't donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don't give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don't think the guy with the sign that reads "Need You're Help" is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don't think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either."

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"After the tsunami of 2004, the citizens of the world wailed and donated and volunteered for cleanup, rarely asking the important - and, I think, obvious - question: What were all those people doing there in the first place? Just as important: If they move back to a place near the ocean that had just been destroyed by a giant wave, shouldn't our instinct be to say, 'Go ahead if you want, but you're on your own now.'?"

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