Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports provides his thoughts on Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum's recent apologyfor punching the groin of Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro during the 2012 London Olympics.
I won't say, "let he who is without sin cast the first punch to the junk," because junk-punches still aren't one of the more popular go-to moves amongst those that have lost their temper. Still, temper takes on many forms - whether you're firing a burned piece of toast across the kitchen because you just ruined the last piece, or whether you're punching someone in the genitals because your summer hasn't gone according to plan.
Batum's summer was an up and down one. We detailed in excruciatingly boring style earlier this year while Nic was the subject of an odd bidding war between the Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves, with the Wolves biding their time and disposing of players in order to clear money to sign the restricted free agent to a massive offer that the Trail Blazers immediately matched. He got paid, into the eight figures per year range, but it was more than likely very tough for Batum to wait out as the Wolves and Blazers pitted their capologists against each other. Even millionaires can get frustrated by the uneasiness.
And even the nicest guys and soundest of sportsmen can lose their temper in the heat of a contest, even if you don't regard basketball as much of a contact sport.
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