Quote of the Day: Paul Shirley Gets Out of Pocket

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Ho Sit Down, News, SMH

Professional basketball player/writer/blogger/dumbfu*ck, Paul Shirley, wrote this long a*s soliloquy on why he refuses to donate to Haiti:

I haven’t donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads “Need You’re Help” is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don’t think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.

…Shouldn’t much of the responsibility for the disaster lie with the victims of that disaster?
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.

If it were apparent that Haiti would likely rebuild in an earthquake-resistant way, and if a cure could be found for hurricane abuse of island nations, then maybe one could imagine putting a sustained effort into rebuilding the place. But that would only be feasible if the country had shown any ability to manage its affairs in the past, which it has not done.

We all enjoy a little freedom of speech from time to time, but these out-of-pocket a*s white folks need to just shut the hell up. The situation in Haiti is a very serious matter, and some are even requesting that this guy is fired from his job at ESPN. Discuss…



  • Alrighty Then...

    Why did he even feel the need to speak on it then? It’s his right, but he’s still a do*chebag…


    1st and wowzer! He’s an ass

  • Dirty Diana...Let Me Be ♪

    what a selfish bastard. I hope he breaks both his legs and never be able to play basketball again. When it’s all done he could maybe think of a “cure” that might have prevented him from breaking his legs in the first place. I hope he somehow goes bankrupt and have to resort to begging on the streets. let’s see how he would feel about that.

  • I'm Just Me....Keeping It Real Since: 1983....79 DAYS LEFT

    I hate to say this but in a way he is right. IN A WAY. I still think as a world we need to come together and help (finanically and otherwise)the victims of natural disaster, but what is going to be done differently to the infrastructure of the buildings, to make sure they can withstand, the routine natural disatasters? Yes I know 7.0 earthquakes are rare, but what about in hurricane season or smaller earthquakes (since Haiti in on a fault line)?

    I still donated but I really question where money is going to during these instances. I mean i donated to N.O. and years later I know all the work is not done but yet you barely hear or see of anything being done in the areas most ravaged by the hurricane. I don’t really trust any of these organizations (Red Cross or others).

    I don’t like the way the man said this but the Haitian government does have a history of not looking out for the Haitian people. So I can see why he said it whether I agree or not. although I feel he is being unrealistic in thinking a place and completely prepare for a 7.0 earthquake. I mean really, who can tell what the financial cost for something like this can be?? Even if this was in the US in NYC or some other “well-to-do” city, could we expect that they could financially just do it all alone? Come on now!

    This is just said all the way around. I feel horrible for all people who have situations like this to deal with.

  • janet

    He is white and privileged from the day he was born till now,of course he is going to say something ignorant like that.

  • Ya Mamie


  • Obamadrama

    lets not be surprised people….there are alot of them who feel that way!

  • lani3000

    Im not mad at the opinions of others. I think he’s just saying that before he sends money he wants to make sure that something like this never happens again.

    Have the builings constructed by NCARB certified architects that can prevent buildings from falling so easily.

    Do ya’ll think that the new rebuilt Haiti will be better that the last?

  • Ya Mamie


  • janet

    If he end up in Haiti situation or a homeless situation, lets see who will help him

  • chuck

    first i agree with this dude

  • http://bossip.com Tamu Chambers

    His way of thinking is totally crazy….

  • Nique

    I think those of you that agree with what this c*um stain believes should go and read the ENTIRE paper b4 co-signing.

    He is entitled to say what he wants but this wasnt in good taste what-so-ever.This man is a priviledge bigot so ignorance isnt surprising.The least he could have done was do his research b4 making himself out to be an a$$hole.

    I believe in Karma so its only a matter of time…


    I wonder how does one work that title into a resume – ‘Professional Dumb F.*.c.k’ Well, he’s rightfully earned that ‘accolade.’ If there’s anything positive to come out of the Haitian earthquake it’s that some white people who can’t help taking advantage of the situation, run off at the mouth and reveal themselves for who they truly are.

  • Get Real

    I agree that most of that money raised will go to the rich bastard that own construction companies. They will turn around & pay the workers pennies on the dollar. Still, I think this a$$hole statement came more from hate for darker people. Sadly many blacks & whites think just like him.

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