I love professional athletes who speak in the third person. Ricky Henderson is probably the most famous for this sometimes annoying (often amusing) habit. Faithful Seinfield viewers have also seen a great caricature of the ‘third person speaker’ (can anyone remember his name?) going head to head with Jerry on the hardwood.
Well, Sonics forward Danny Fortson is at it again. Held out of practice and games for much of the preseason with a toe injury and viral infections, one of Fortson’s teammates was recently critical of the supposed double standard in team rules. “An unnamed teammate suggested the team had ‘two sets of rules … one for Danny and one for everybody else.'”
This isn’t the first time DF has been “trashtalked” to the press. “Two seasons ago, Fortson was suspended for three games after his flagrant foul against Zarko Cabarkapa broke the Phoenix Suns rookie’s wrist. Afterward, Suns chairman and CEO Jerry Colangelo called Fortson a “thug.” New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey referred to him as a “meaningless mass” and “vacant lot.”
Watch out “unnamed source.” Fortson has pending lawsuits alleging defamation against both men.
Calling the “unnamed source” a “little girl”(worthy of a defamation lawsuit?) Fortson had the following to say about what he would do, “be careful,” he said. “Whoever’s saying anything bad about Danny Fortson that’s not true is going to be held accountable.”
Does that mean he’s not a vacant lot?