It’s been a rough stretch for Derrick Rose lately, which was punctuated by the Chicago Bulls being eliminated from the playoffs by the Miami Heat last night. Twitter was abuzz with Derrick Rose tweets, and his mentions were something you wouldn’t want your children reading. However, sometimes we forget that things are bigger than basketball, and sports in general. In criticizing Rose, we don’t seek out some of the good things, like this story of Rose offering to help pay the funeral costs for a slain 6-month old baby in Chicago.
Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie gives us some more details about the incident which led to the death of Jonylah Watkins:
A 6-month-old girl died after being shot five times in Chicago on Monday afternoon while her father was reportedly standing on the curb, changing her diaper on the front seat of a minivan. It was the 62nd homicide of 2013 in the city, according to RedEye Chicago; last year, more than 500 homicides were reported in Chicago, a horrifying number that represented a massive increase over 2011.
The shooting was an alleged gang-related attempt on Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, and a fund has been started for Jonylah’s funeral proceedings. This is where Rose comes into play according to Chicago’s ABC affiliate WLS-TV:
Rose has offered to help pay for Jonylah’s funeral expenses. Others have come forward to donate money to a reward fund to help find the killer. Tuesday night, that reward fund stood at $11,000.
So before you troll Derrick Rose’s on twitter about his performance, or lack thereof on a basketball court, be sure you give him some credit for things like this. An innocent joke is okay, as we made on our twitter account after last night, but death threats and vulgarity aren’t appropriate when you look at the big picture.
Jonylah lost her life to senseless violence, yet people think that a game played on the basketball court determines what kind of person Rose is.
By: Frank Santos