It’s easy for us to just say whatever is on our mind when talking about something we’re passionate about. We often forget to filter our thoughts, and that’s perfectly understandable. In a world so sensitive nowadays, however, filtering your thoughts before they come out of your mouth is a necessity – lest you be publicly persecuted to no end.
For this case, Derrick Rose made that mistake. In a recent interview, Rose was asked about the Timberwolves’ announcement that they would be firing head coach Tom Thibodeau. Here’s the backstory: Thibodeau coached Rose throughout his 2010-2011 season when he won the league MVP award and helped the Chicago Bulls into the Eastern Conference Finals. Thibodeau was his coach all the way until the 2014-2015 season, helping him out despite his “fall from grace” due to extensive injuries.
Come 2017, Thibodeau gave him another chance with the Timberwolves. This clearly meant a lot to Derrick Rose, who said in the interview, “He was the only coach that believed in me… No teams wasn’t looking for me at all. I was basically out the league. Even coming here, everybody didn’t know I was going to play this way.”
This is all well and good. However, when it came to those who doubted whether he could play as well with Thibodeau gone, his message was less than graceful. Check out the interview below (credit to YouTube account TripleMZMS for the video):
There’s obviously a lot of respect for Thibodeau. His words are those of determination to prove his doubters wrong. Given the season he’s been having so far, it’s almost like the old D. Rose is back and it’s great that he wants to keep that fire burning. It’s just the use of the words “kill yourself” that is slightly cringe-worthy, especially in a league that has recognized the importance of mental health. The NBA has a mental health and wellness program for its players, and the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have spoken publicly about their experiences with mental health.
Thankfully, it didn’t take long for Derrick Rose to realize his snafu and apologize for it. He quickly tweeted about it (seen below) and admitted he had “messed up”.
I messed up by using the slang term “kill yourself” today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.— Derrick Rose (@drose) January 7, 2019