Has there ever been a more one-sided, straightforward, non-controversial “controversy” than the death of Harambe the gorilla over the weekend?
Yes, it’s a tragedy. Of course, it should have been avoided. Naturally, we are all sad at the unnecessary death of this majestic and endangered creature. But only a real nutjob, a real anti-humanist “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” vegan crackpot of the highest order would try to make a case against the zoo officials who took decisive action to save that 4-year-old.
It’s not up to an animal handler, called to the scene of human child in an enclosure with a 400-pound furry death monster, to assess the moral equivalency or the rightness/wrongness of who’s fault it is. Unless you’ve got on hand a Chris Pratt who can stand there and alpha the critters into submission, you put down the animal and ask questions later.
No, creatures with a human brain in their skulls understand the fault here is with two people and two people only: Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson.
These two lost their Parent of the Year credentials the minute — or five minutes or 10 minutes — they spent completely ignoring their obviously precocious son in the presence of a massively strong and pissed-off animal that sits at the top of the primate social order. They might as well have covered the kid in Reptile Chow and tossed him in the crocodile exhibit.
Watching the results of Deonne’s dadding skills, it will come as a surprise to no one he’s got a long criminal background, the highlights of which include burglary, firearms offenses, drug trafficking, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and kidnapping. So ironically, the best care the kid got all day was from Harambe, who at least had the decency to keep an eye on him. Just seeing the ape hold the boy’s hand is enough to make me wish we’d just let Harambe raise him. Let the kid learn how to be King of the Jungle, live in the trees and have a yell that will call all the animals stampeding to his aid. It beats growing up as the son of two neglectful parents and a criminal father.
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Mariners, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pirates at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Tigers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Lynx at Liberty, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
— It only took minutes after the Thunder’s disappointing Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday night before Kevin Durant was asked about his future in Oklahoma City.
The most high-profile pending free agent of this offseason, Durant was not interested in starting that discussion after his team squandered a 3-1 series lead to the defending NBA champions.
“We just lost like 30 minutes ago. I haven’t even thought about it,” Durant said at the postgame press conference following OKC’s 96-88 loss. “I’m just embracing my teammates and reflecting on the season.”
Durant can make about $30 million per year if he signs a five-year deal to return to the Thunder franchise for a 10th season, or he could take a couple million less per year and get a fresh start somewhere else. It’s also possible he could sign a one-year deal and take his chances again next season, with the salary cap expected to rise again.
The Thunder have been eliminated by the eventual NBA champions four times in the last six seasons, not including this season’s elimination at the hands of the team that set the all-time record for regular-season wins with 73.
Durant scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter Monday as the Thunder cut an 11-point deficit to four with 1:40 remaining, but he could not lead OKC all the way back.
“We wanted to win the whole thing,” Durant said. “There’s no moral victories in our locker room after the game. We were all upset. We wanted to get a chance to play for a championship in the finals, so that hurts.”
Added Durant: “It hurts losing, but everybody fought hard every single moment, left their soul out on the court. We have no regrets.”
McCaw, who previously served as athletic director at Northeastern for five years and UMass for one, was placed on probation last week following a school-commissioned report that criticized the department for failing to properly handle allegations of sexual assault by football players and other athletes.
McCaw, who was hired in 2003 after a basketball scandal at Baylor, announced that he was retiring.
Grobe, 64, coached Wake Forest for 13 seasons, going 77-82 and leading the Demon Deacons to an ACC title and an Orange Bowl berth in 2006. He has not coached since he resigned after Wake’s fifth straight losing season in 2013.
Grobe was chairman of the American Football Coaches Association’s ethics committee from 2006-13.
“As a coach, winning is important,” he said in a statement from the school. “At the same time, I want to assure the Baylor family that every decision we will make in this football program will be made with Baylor University, her students and our student-athletes in mind.”
After being left with just one kidnapper guarding him, Pulido attacked the man, took his gun and cell phone, and called police for help.
Via reports of the emergency calls obtained by The Associated Press, Pulido called police and beat his captor until he revealed the location of the house where he was being held Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was taken by four armed kidnappers following his departure from a party Saturday night.
Police arrested one suspect and were searching for three others, who have been identified.
Pulled released a statement on his Twitter account Monday thanking everyone who prayed for his safety along with federal authorities.
“They helped us a lot in this terrible experience of our lives that we do not desire for anyone,” Pulido said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 31, 1984, Celtics guard Gerald Henderson stole a crosscourt pass and hit a layup with 13 seconds remaining to tie Game 2 of the NBA finals against the Lakers. The Celtics went on to win the game in overtime and win the series in seven games. Which Laker threw the fateful pass?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He does all the things right and found himself in a great position and capitalized on it. Any time you’re in the slot, get him the puck. It seems like we find a way to win when he scores.” — Penguins forward Chris Kunitz, on teammate Nick Bonino, who scored with 2:33 remaining to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 victory over the Sharks in Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final
With Malcolm Butler, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins all emerging as stars, it's time for the Patriots to decide who they need to make a priority. Giardi and Bradford give their take on who should be the first to resign.
Mike Giardi and rob Bradford were in on Memorial Day and Bradford had a problem with how Mut, Meter and Butch took his comments out of context on the morning show. Also, Giardi and Bradford talk about what it would take to get Kevin Durant in Boston.
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Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Twins at Athletics, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Stanley Cup Final: Sharks at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Lacrosse: NCAA championship, North Carolina vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 11 a.m. (NBC)
AROUND THE WEB:
Alan Pulido is safe after being rescued following his kidnapping. (David Banks/USA Today Sports)
— Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido made an appearance before the media Sunday night, hours after being rescued by government forces from kidnappers in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in the troubled state of Tamaulipas.
The 25-year-old striker, a member of Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team who plays professionally for Olympiakos, held a press conference outside a hospital, wearing a bandage on his right hand.
“I’m very well, thanks to God,” he said.
Pulido reportedly had been kidnapped after leaving a party late Saturday night, as masked men surrounded his car and took him away while his girlfriend was left unharmed. State and federal forces launched an aggressive response and retrieved Pulido on Sunday, with one suspect arrested.
Tamaulipas, which borders the southernmost part of Texas, has one of the world’s highest kidnapping rates, with hundreds — possibly thousands — held for ransom each year.
Pulido formerly played for the Mexican club Tigres. He left in 2014 to play in Europe, but he has been locked in a dispute with Tigres about his contract. He was left off Mexico’s Copa America team due to the legal issues.
Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend in Dallas and went for a walk early Saturday morning. When he returned, he went to the wrong apartment, agent Scott W. Nichols said. Dejean-Jones kicked down the front door, then started kicking at the bedroom door. The resident, inside the bedroom, took out a handgun and shot Dejean-Jones, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“It’s shocking this happened,” Nichols said. “Wrong place, wrong time, I think.”
Dejean-Jones signed with Pelicans last summer after going undrafted out of Iowa State. He started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds before breaking his right wrist. His agent said the player had nearly completed his physical rehabilitation and was ready to being shooting again next week.
“We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life,” the Pelicans said in a statement.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He understands how I’ve felt about the whole situation. I don’t think anybody would be human as a baseball player if they didn’t take it as a slap in the face or as ‘You’ve got to get better.’ That’s sort of how I took it, and he understood that.” — Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, after picking up the win in relief in Sunday’s 5-3, 11-inning victory over the Blue Jays following his removal from the rotation
Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?