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Monday, December 3, 2012

Nigerian Hoop Nightmares

Posted by on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The good times...


The sad ending...
A former member of the Nigerian national basketball team was shot and killed last week while breaking into a Plano residence, police said Wednesday.

Chinedu Onyeuku, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 1500 block of Rio Grande Street. His shooter said he saw Onyeuku and another unidentified man break his glass patio door and try to enter his home. The other burglar ran away after Onyeuku was shot, police said.

If you are a professor or a doctor, 29 is very young. If you are an athlete, you are already old. With the former, your career is just starting; the latter, it is in the twilight. Onyeuku's parents should have made these facts clear to him. Success in balling basically requires a miracle. And even if it is achieved, it's short-lived.

 

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Pope Peabrain 1
So who are you trying to blame here? Basketball or his parents? It's Onyeuku's fault he was a thief and his fault only that he was shot dead.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 2
Another post where Charles disregards reality when it fails to help make his point. 29 is not "already old" or "in the twilight." It may be the "mid-afternoon," but not twilight. Not for basketball players, anyway. Maybe for gymnasts.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM · Report this
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Dear Honorable Sir!

My name is Chinedu Onyeuku, son of the late Prince Onyeuku of the City of Port Harcourt. I have some magnificent news which, Lord willing, I hope to share with you. I recently discovered that you are the most prestigious owner of fine jewelry, Blue Ray player and marvelous flat screen technology. In exchange for letting myself and my princely brother relieve you of these properties, my father will place sum $5 million in your bank account for safe holdings!

Yours in Jesus!

Chinedu Onyeuku
Posted by Chinedu Onyeuku on December 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4

Except for Denver Broncos QBs.

Age seems to work there.

Low oxygen content?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on December 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM · Report this
care bear 5
It depends on the sport. I don't think 29 is that old for basketball.
Posted by care bear on December 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Banna 6
29 is not old for basketball players. Depending on the source, the average retirement age for an NBA player seems to be 33-38. Even if a player stays all four years in college, they can reasonably expect to play for 10 years. The minimum NBA salary is somewhere north of $300K. Worst case scenario, an NBA player makes about $3 million over his career.

Onyeuku was't washed up, he apparently just wasn't a good enough player to get into the NBA (or even one of the other, lesser leagues) and make enough for a living, and he didn't work on any other skills to sustain himself.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on December 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Report this
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Given the useless piles of shit most pro players are even after attending colleges they would never have been allowed anywhere near based on academics, it's unfortunate they don't just kill themselves after they're washed up and have spent all their money on 'bling'. Fuck 'em. Leave them in those urban concentration camps that Chuckie would like to build for everyone.
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on December 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM · Report this
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You all sound very ignorant and disgusting. Nedu was not a thief and he was not a criminal. He was, however, a loving father who played a huge role in his two son's lives. He was an amazing brother that supported and cared for his sisters. He was the type of son that a lot of parents wished they had. He made everyone proud. Those who truely knew Nedu could tell you the type of person he really was regardless of how the newspaper portrayed him in his death. He was an honest, caring, loving person who's smile lit up a room. The type of friend that would be there for you in the toughest of times. I will pray for all of you that speak ill upon him, his family, or his legacy. It is extremely sad what people will say and the assumptions that some make without any facts. Let's take a minute and pray that you all are never placed in a situation where you lose a loved one in such a tragic way. Regardless of the picture you all are trying to paint of Nedu, he will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for the person he was his whole life not the person he has been made out to be by blogs, newspapers, and meda
Posted by Orchard Park on December 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this

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