Chris Bosh is one of the good guys. A couple of years ago I saw him wait for five minutes to take a picture while a fan tried to figure out his camera. Since being drafted by the Raptors in 2003 he’s become a fan favourite, an all star, a member of Team USA and a viral video phenom. There has never been a bad word spoken of Chris Bosh. Until now that is.
Chris Bosh is not going to be a member of the Raptors for long. It started with an ESPN report that he wanted a trade. Currently his paternity suit is all over the papers. The real truth is that Bosh either wants out or the Raptors don’t think he’s worth the maximum money the other members of his draft class will get. He’s good but he’s not LeBron or Dwayne Wade good.
So instead of honesty it’s time for an age old Toronto sports reporter trick. When the players are valued members of the team nary a bad word is spoken. They write features extolling your virtues, your charity work and your family values. You can cheat on your wife, have a VIP table at the Brass Rail, and sell illegal Bolivian fireworks for all they care.
When the team knows it can’t keep you the skeletons suddenly leap out of the closet. Roberto Alomar went from future hall of fame good guy to Skydome Hotel lothario in weeks. Everyone in the city knew he was a humping machine, but it only became NEWS when he was on his way out. Then he spit on an ump.
From the looks of it Bosh and his ex fiancée grew apart but he was going to support his child. All of a sudden the relative merits of child support in Texas and Delaware are being discussed in Toronto Star Sports. Is he selfish because he wants the case argued in Texas, a notoriously tough state for women? Go ask Nancy Grace because I for one don’t give a damn
Bosh will follow every single player of note in Raptors history when he eventually leaves. Maybe there’s something in the organization, but we’ll never know. The “reporters” of the Star & the Sun would never bite the hand that feeds them.
I guess it's expecting too much for a team named after a brief mid 90's dinosaur fad to amount to anything.
Image from the soon to be dead Toronto Sun, courtesy of canoe.ca