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Carlos Boozer is on a “Media Blitz” in South Florida

Posted on June 2, 2010

Orange County News - May 10, 2010

Miami radio host attacks Utah's culture and religion. Boozer doesn't bite...

After getting off the phone with some media folks in Chicago last week, Miami is taking its turn with Carlos Boozer.

South Florida Sun-Sentinal sports writer Ira Winderman on Tim Brando's radio show Wednesday morning:

"Carlos Boozer has done a media blitz down here. I spoke to him on Memorial Day. He did a radio interview down here yesterday. He lives down here also and he wants to get that other Heat salary slot and he's been campaigning for it."

The radio show Tuesday evening was Sid Rosenberg on WQAM in Miami. And let's just say Rosenberg prods Boozer by going down roads few would choose on the broadcast airwaves.

Rosenberg begins by attempting to create separation between Boozer and Salt Lake City:

Rosenberg:

    "I really can't say Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz, because you're a free agent, so what are you really right now? Carlos Boozer of what?"

Boozer:

    "No, no, I'm with the Jazz until something different happens so you can call me Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz for now."

Rosenberg:

    "Right, but ideally if I bring you back on this show on July 9th or July 10th, Carlos, you'd love to hear Carlos Boozer of the Miami Heat, isn't that right?"

Boozer:

    "You never know what's going to happen in July...

    If I stay in Utah, which is an option of course, or something happens where I end up going somewhere else. I don't have anything to say about me not coming to the Heat or coming to the Heat, I'm just interested to see what happens in July."

Rosenberg then steps on the gas by invoking stereotypes about Utah culture.

Rosenberg:

    "Utah, I mean I've been out there. It's gorgeous, Park City, and if you like skiing and stuff it's real pretty but it is a horrible place to live. Horrible."

Boozer:

    "No, it's not that bad. I raise my kids out there. It's pretty nice. We have a good time out there. Our basketball team is successful, of course. That's the most important thing of it. And it's a great place to raise your kids. And it is beautiful."

Not satisfied with that response, Rosenberg takes the plunge and insults the predominant religion practiced by Utah's residents.

Rosenberg:

    "It is beautiful but those Mormon people are crazy, aren't they? I mean..."

Boozer interjects before the host can continue.

Boozer:

    "No, they're not bad at all. They're not bad at all."

Rosenberg:

    "Really?"

Boozer:

    "No, not at all."

A beaten man, Rosenberg relents and moves on to other topics but swings back to the notion that the Jazz are not a championship caliber team which Boozer agrees with.

Boozer:

    "We have to get some more pieces if we're about to go back at it, but I tell you what though. Coach Sloan is a stud. My point guard might be the best point guard in basketball and we have some other studs around us. But what happens in the draft and July will show a lot."

Is Boozer going on a media blitz or getting blitzed by the media he's attempting to ingratiate himself to in Miami?

It is important to continue to note the more intelligent posture Boozer is taking this time around as opposed to last summer when he tried to shut the door on his time in Salt Lake City.

Orange County News - May 10, 2010

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  1. that idiot Rosenburg has obviously never been to Utah. people who know nothing about another group of people are often those who think they do.

  2. Rosenberg sounds like an idiot. I’ve been to Utah and it is gorgeous, and the people, including the Mormons, are great people. How sterotypical and ignorant.

  3. I think Rosenberg and Bucher are sharing a bed

  4. Rosenberg, are you sure you’ve traveled all the way to Utah? Was it a free vacation with all expenses paid? Your last name and facial features imply that you are a tight-wad.

  5. As an Arizona resident, I love going to Utah. I love the place and the people, Rosenberg is a real winner.

  6. “New York is great and all, but what about all the Jews…” I know its a joke, but really Dan? It’s 2010 for crying out loud.

  7. I live in Utah, It’s like living anywhere else, There’s always a predominant religion. I, myself am an Athiest, The mormons don’t bug me about their religion, most of the time. Utah’s great, Gorgeous too. You’re an idiot, Rosenburg. Stereotypical bastard.

  8. What a bigot POS. If he had said “how can you take living in Detroit with all those blacks?” or “Those all those Jews in New York are crazy.” he would be out of a job and off the air. I guess it is OK to be a bigot toward Mormons because we don’t have the equivelant of a Jesse Jackson or the JDL. This Ahole owes the state of Utah and Mormons everywhere a big “Rosneburg” appology. Jack-a. Jack-a.

  9. @john Did the post make it sound like I was offering a tacit approval of the radio host’s words? FWIW, I generally agree with the sentiment of those commenting, minus the comments about the radio host’s assumed religious background.

  10. Wow. Rosenberg is a bigot. I guess it’s okay to be a bigot when it comes to Mormons. Man oh man though, if you go down south and call black people or Baptists or Jews “crazy,” and keep going on and on about it like Rosenberg did, then you would be labeled as a bigot (and rightfully so). Just goes to prove that Mormons are the only group of people it’s okay to be bigoted towards.

  11. carlos boozer is a pros pro. And as a Jazz fan I would love him to stay here. His attitude on and off the court is one that I am proud to let my kids watch. I live in Utah, and am non LDS. Matter of fact, we are Italian. But I have children, and in this day and age when you are really glad for the 5 second delay when watching sports, I urge my kids to watch not only Boozer but Deron and Coach also. If you are raising kids who may want to be pro athletes one day or professionals at anything, the Utah Jazz are, in my humble opinion one of the best pro organizations to watch.

  12. Justin,

    I’m curious why you say it’s okay to be a bigot when it come to Mormons?

    Rosenberg seems to embody everything about religious ignorance based on his comments about the Mormons. Like the comments above, if he had referred to another religious group or even racial group like this he would be more widely criticized. What is it about people always bashing on Mormons? Most people I’ve met who have the warped impression that Mormons are a different breed (I’ve actually met someone who thought they had horns) know very little about this group of people and the religion they practice. And this goes for any other religious organization or any racial group as well. The ignorance of some people really blows me away sometimes. I live in Utah and know many who practice Mormonism and they are normal people. Sure you get a few crazies here and there but you get that everywhere, Mormon or not. I’m disgusted by the hypocrisy of Justin two comments above me calling our Rosenberg as a bigot but then making the same claim one sentence later. Why is it okay to be a bigot towards any group of people? Do you even know what the definition of a bigot is? It’s not someone who is well informed about a group of people and makes a judgement, it has a highly negative connotation and means that you are bias against a group of people for a reason such as the color of their skin. It’s attitudes like both Justins and Rosenbergs that fuel the fire of racism and racists acts in this world


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