That’s Rick Reilly. He used to write for Sports Illustrated but now writes for ESPN. When he worked for SI, he inspired me to become a writer. He has been criticized by many, but I still feel that without him, I would never have really cared about sports writing.
Earlier this evening, I saw a tweet he had on Twitter:
@ReillyRick: Where were u, 20 years ago, 11/7/91, when Magic announced he had HIV? I was parked at the U.S. Capitol building in DC, crying. #DayHoopsDied
In which I replied:
@SLam49ers: Kindergarten class. RT @ReillyRick: Where were u, 20 years ago, 11/7/91, when Magic announced he had HIV?
I didn’t think much of my answer because quite frankly, it was the truth. I was only a 5-year-old at the time. I just tweeted the truth. But then I got a direct message from Reilly stating this:
@ReillyRick: u r cruel.
I was taken by surprise. I can kind of tell why he would think I was being mean, but I wasn’t. I answered truthfully to it. I couldn’t answer any other way.
I tried to respond back to him:
@SLam49ers: @ReillyRick Wasn’t my intent. I’m a big basketball fan. It just mean that I was way too young to appreciate Magic play ball.
Magic Johnson is one of my favorite players of all time. I enjoy watching his clips. There would be no way ever I would do something to be mean about it. But I can tell how my response might be “cruel” but how can the truth be cruel?
I simply was too young to know anything about it. All my followers know I love basketball, so they would know it. But now I have pissed off the guy whom I look up to. This sucks.
Did I do something wrong? I couldn’t answer any other way. Was I too young to answer the question?