Before one rushes to judge, why don't we let the police run their
investigation and then, even then not judge, as it is not our place to do
If I spent my day out on the street taking pictures of people I don't know,
I would expect to get beat up at some point. These guys knew that what they were
doing was offensive. They did it anyway. They were engaging in risky behavior
and they got tagged by someone who took offense. End of story. If they made it a
felony to be stupid, those guys would have a life sentence. Or, were they just
after a quick buck?
Read the story from ESPN NO where does it say anything about the suspects being
body guards. This is based on the victims reports that Lillard's
"posse" were the perpetrators.
I find it almost comical to accuse the DN for one-sided reporting on this story.
This is a report from another media outlet in Portland. The DN had no
involvement in the reporting! If you actually read the story rather than blindly
throw out comments that maintain absolutely no merit whatsoever you'd
probably notice numerous times that this story says, "According to the
report." Yes, the "original" report seems to cover only one side,
but an attempt to contact the accused was obviously unsuccessful. A spokesperson
for the Trail Blazers handled the questions. You obviously don't understand
how contacting athletes works, especially in professional sports. You schedule
interviews through the PR. What the DN did was inform readers of a hometown
player that is in the news. Actually read the story next time. You might learn
You can't beleive everything you read, especially from the DN. This is only
one side of the story.
The legacy of the Portland "Jailbreaker" continues. Scratch Lillard
from my cheer list...forever.
Sounds like one sided reporting- not good investigating.
The bodyguards are the ones who should be under scrutiny, not Lilliard. This
article seems very one-sided. Where are the versions of the incident from the
bodyguards or Lilliard?
How long has Lillard had this Barbara Streisand Complex?
Why would he need a bodyguard? Why would he care if a fan took a picture.
Isn't that the price of fame? I'd like to hear his side of the story
but as it stands, it appears his fame has gone to his head.
Am I the only one who thinks it's weird he has body guards? Do many
athletes have them? You're an athlete for crying out loud, you aren't
Claudio,Where is the story you read? And where are the comments blasting
Lillard? All I see is one reader who simply pointed out that these were
Lillard's employees and that as his agents, acting on his behalf, could
have been encouraged to stop by Lillard. The investigation is still underway.
All that is in the article I'm reading. Lillard may be the greatest person
you have ever met in your life, but that doesn't mean that he didn't
stand idly by, that he wasn't upset about his picture being taken, and that
his bodyguards didn't overreact. I expect that there will be a quiet
settlement and that this will go away. As a great young man, I'm sure he
will accept any responsibility he has and will take care of it. You are
overreacting when you criticize DN readers who are interested in the details of
this story. Settle down.
@Claudio:You may be correct on a one-sided story. But, too often the
"star" gets a pass and the commoner gets the fat lip. No
where did we see in the story that Lillard tried to call off his dogs, or if not
his dogs, at least his supporters.Fame and money change people.
It's likely the Lillard you knew is not the Lillard of today with the
awards and accolades he has received.Either way, he was wrong to
stand by and watch the beatings without saying anything.
I see nothing wrong with the reporting of a newscast done by a Portland TV
station which included a video tape of the brothers who make what seems to be a
credible statement. Incidentally, Lillard is not commenting on the alleged
confrontation. At this point, I think it is up to him to clear up the matter if
Disappointing, hope he clears it up or makes amends. He has a lot of fans here
Wow, guilty until proven innocent. Great way to treat one of our favorite sons.
The story is very one-sided. But of course, the good and faithful DN readers
are happy to jump on board and assume the worst. I know Damian personally.
He's a great kid, honest, hard-working, humble, and genuinely kind to
everyone he meets. Knowing his character, I feel confident that this one-sided
story is far less than an honest account of what really happend.
“We are aware of the alleged incident,” a spokesman for the Trail
Blazers told KGW. “Based on preliminary reports, none of our players is
considered a suspect in this case.”But allegedly your player
sat by while his employees broke the law acting only after your player allegedly
indicated his displeasure... Maybe your player didn't break the law by
committing a felony, but he allegedly failed to report a crime and broke the law
there. If so, he was at least an accessory, just like a getaway driver or
better yet the mastermind behind a bank robbery is an accessory to the crime
even if they never took any of the money.
What a class act. So what, someone took a picture of you on the street. I guess
those bodyguards better increase in number for the thousands that take pictures
of him during games.