As the line between celebrities and athletes become increasingly blurry, more basketball players have popped up on the website and TV show of the popular gossipmongers TMZ. Typically, these players are your typical blog fodder like Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and LeBron James. Those guys drive traffic and viewers, so they show up on a site that cares about little other than improving their ad rates.
Earl Watson has never been considered a fan favorite: He's a backup point guard whose offensive game veers towards soul-crushing. So it comes as something of a shock to see him appear in the TMZ video above. To make things even weirder, the TMZ crew acts as if Watson is a household name, when in reality that paparazzo who found him was probably waiting for a more gossip-friendly player like Watson's former UCLA teammate Baron Davis to show up.
Whatever the case, Watson's interrogator tried to make the best of it, with the 10-year veteran seeming happy to have been noticed by someone who isn't part of his family. Apparently Earl is not much of a lockout expert, though, because all anyone wants to hear about is his take on the WNBA. Which, in turn, TMZ founder Harvey Levin holds forth on the topic of how not every women's basketball player is a lesbian. Thanks, Harvey. You are really doing great things for the cause of equal rights.
For all the reasons stated above, I believe that this video is the weirdest ever put out by TMZ. The defense rests.