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…


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  • 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.

  • bklynsis

    i see what he’s saying interms of using the money to help rebuild haiti…becuz as the ppl will heal but never forget, so should haiti..its sad that there gov’t is bent on only saving themselves rather then the ppl..cuz honestly soon as these ppl are back in power theyre agenda is forthemselves not haiti..

    but on the other hand for this j e r k off to be proud of not donating to haiti or homeless folk is really embarrassing..keep that to urself…and if u have an opinion instead of talking smack why not go help at the soup kitchens or haiti for that matter then u’ll see where ur money is going…moron!

  • MadeByChevy25

    I can understand where he is coming from. Thats like me seeing someone damn there everyday almost all they life not doing anything and when some thing really happens to them they looking for me to help them out but why, you wasn’t doing nothing with your life form the begining so why should I help you just so you still can be stuck, no thats wasting my time. But come on now he can at least give up something this is moreless a whole country not just one individual.

  • ♥sexi♥Trini♥

    honestly i can respect what he said about a homeless person that’s why i offer to buy them something to eat rather than giving them the money. but comparing a homeless guy to the earthquake disaster in Haiti is jus plain ignorant and stupid. but i can bet if he doesnt get fired it would be bcuz he had a change of heart and decided to donate money to Haiti after all and apologize for offending ne one. that’s what normally happens smh

  • Alrighty Then...

    @IJM – hey lady! Is he going to send enough money to build an “infrastructure”? Are we? Really??!! Our “donations” amount to rice and wheat, maybe some clean water and blankets, BASIC needs for SURVIVAL. At this point, THAT should be the concern, because honestly, our donations aren’t going to go to “rebuild Haiti”.

    “I don’t like the way you run your country, so I’m not going to help you, and in fact, I’m going to shyt on you while you’re down there”. He’s a jerk of the highest magnitude, IMO.

  • Re- Just Laugh Sometimes

    Soooo…how is Haiti supposed to just, “recover” without the aid of others? We’re talking about a very poor country here, not the powerful and mighty US (although we’re in tons of debt as well).

    Their political structure, as metaphorically weak as it already was, pretty much fell apart. Tons of documents are lost and useless.

    It’s not all about putting up new buildings and homes. People are going to need medicine. Are they going to search under the rubble for tons of medicine for the masses? I think that requires outside help.

    What about the markets that collapsed, and all the spoiled food gone to waste? You think the unaffected cities have enough to support this kind of disaster? I think that also requires outside help.

    On a smaller scale, my brother-in-law’s parents went there for a visit and lost all their passports, luggages, ID’s, so on and so forth. You think they’re supposed to just “make a way” to get back to the states?

    Sorry Mr. Shirley, clearly you haven’t delved deeper to understand just what goes in to rebuilding a city. Cities aren’t made in 1 day, or 1 month.

  • Dont Think I Won't Hitch Yah--Cause I'm Famous, I believe in KARMA

    Again another person trying to obtain airtime….I have never heard of this guy before. BAD Publicity is better than NONE…

  • David

    He just pointing out facts.

  • Nosey!

    I was ALWAYS TOLD this, and it fits this story well…if you don’t have anything nice to say…be QUIET!

  • Nique


    bc it has the word c*um in it.lol

  • Sticky-n-Sweet

    Those donations are to save people’s lives, number one. When a disaster strikes, WHEREVER it strikes, the world pitches in to help because that’s the humane thing to do. China is an economic powerhouse, but when that earthquake hit China, I donated money to help out those people, and I will continue to donate money to help needy people throughout the world. Why did he feel the need to espouse this anyway? I understand freedom of speech and whatnot, but is your being miserly and rude helping the earthquake victims either? If my neighbor’s house falls down, all that matters is that I do what I can to pick it back up. Some people are just cruel-hearted.

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