*ESPN.com blogger Paul Shirley had his job snatched out from under him today for controversial comments he made in another blog regarding the Haitian earthquake.
The former NBA player, who still plays pro basketball, wrote a long letter about the Haitian earthquake and goes so far as to blame most Haitians for the dire state of the nation.
He begins the letter on FlipCollective.com, “I haven’t donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort…And I probably will not… for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street.”
The letter goes on to criticize the country and its citizens. He adds, “Shouldn’t much of the responsibility for the disaster lie with the victims of the disaster?”
Shirley continued: “Before the reader reaches for his or her blood pressure medication, he should allow me to explain. I don’t mean in any way that the Haitians deserved their collective fate. And I understand that it is difficult to plan for the aftermath of an earthquake. However, it is not outside the realm of imagination to think that the citizens of a country might be able to: A) avoid putting themselves into a situation that might result in such catastrophic loss of life. And B) provide for their own aid, in the event of such a catastrophe.”
At one point in the letter, Shirley wrote a special message specifically to Haitians:
Dear Haitians –
First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure, and birth control should be applauded.
As we prepare to assist you in this difficult time, a polite request: If it’s possible, could you not re-build your island home in the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of flimsy shanty- and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a condom once in a while?
The Rest of the World
After word of Shirley’s letter was passed around the Internet, ESPN on Wednesday issued the following statement when axing the blogger: “[Shirley’s views] do not at all reflect our company’s views on the Haiti relief efforts. He will no longer contribute to ESPN.”