People have been sending me this like crazy and I tried to ignore it. I tried real hard, because these [insert player or coach] is sleeping with [insert teammate or coach's wife or fiancée, or student] rumors are almost always not true. Jayson Werth didn’t sleep with Chase Utley’s wife. Jeff Carter didn’t sleep with Scott Hartnell’s wife. And Jay Wright didn’t bang a student. They’re all bullshit. But like those tales, this Bynum thing has reached critical mass.
He has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team*, and I bet he did something real shitty. But he didn’t sleep with an assistant coach’s wife.
The original report came from TerezOwens.com, an entertaining site, but one which has a history of throwing shit at walls. They claimed that Bynum was sleeping with assistant coach Jamahl Mosley’s wife:
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Sunday that they have lifted the suspension of center Andrew Bynum, but he still remains away from the team, excused from all basketball activities for the foreseeable future. Was it a case of Bynum being Bynum, or is there something else going on behind the curtains? According to our tipster, apparently Bynum got together with one of the assistant coach’s wives, we’re being told it was Jamahl Mosley’s lady. When they found out, that was the final straw. The Cavs should have stayed far away from Bynum, especially after his disastrous stint in Philly.-TO -
Here’s what that post now looks like:
It was removed, most likely under the threat of a lawsuit.
The Cavs also issued a statement to Black Sports Online, which had ran with the report:
Please be advised that the report on your website involving Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum, Cavaliers Assistant Coach Jamahl Mosley and his fiancée is entirely not true.
Let me give you a couple of red flags to look for when it comes to these types of stories:
1) If it’s a [insert player or coach] is sleeping with [insert teammate or coach's wife or fiancée, or student] rumor, it’s probably not true.
2) If the search results for a [insert player or coach] is sleeping with [insert teammate or coach's wife or fiancée, or student] rumor look like this…
… it’s probably not true:
3) Don’t believe everything you read online.
Now, let’s talk about those Mike Trout to the Phillies rumors.
*In that original post, I joked that he probably boinked someone’s mother. Didn’t expect it to hit the mark so damn quickly.