HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — You know, I don’t tell fans who to boo and who not to. It’s the fans’ right to be selective. It says so in the fan handbook. Just grab your copy and flip the pages until you come across that part.
But: Just as I don’t understand the popularity of certain reality shows — OK, the Kardashians, who I don’t “keep” up with — I also don’t get the public persecution of Kris Humphries.
He was jeered in preseason and then again, rather loudly, last night in Washington where the Nets opened the season. Really, it was almost LeBron James-visits-Cleveland decibles. Well, OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration but you get the point. It was loud and mainly confusing.
Nets coach Avery Johnson said: “I don’t even think THEY know why they’re booing.”
What exactly did Humphries do again to deserve backlash? Did he refuse to enter a game, or curse a fan, or choke a player (hello, KG), or get pulled over for a DUI or something sinister like that? Oh, that’s right, he married a woman you might’ve seen on a few celebrity shows. OK, I get that. And I understand the annoyance over someone who willingly participates in an over-the-top wedding and gave the appearance of a blissful marriage and then saw such marriage vaporize quicker than the Wizards’ lead against New Jersey, which by the way was erased by Humphries and his 21 points and 16 rebounds.
But for those who complained they were “duped” by a reality show wedding, perhaps that’s more a reflection on … them, maybe?
Anyway, if anything, Humphries fits the description of a victim. He was sucked in by the fantasy of being with the Kardashians, by the rush of fame at a level an NBA role player doesn’t see, by the idea of fun and who knows, maybe the guy was truly in love. He endures an embarrassing summer off the court and in the tabloids, then doesn’t fetch a single big offer on the free agent market, then rejoins his team just days before the opener and musters up the energy and focus needed to rally the Nets on the road. And that guy gets booed?
Someone with a fan handbook needs to read me the fine print.