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Victor Oladipo says “I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland” (then tries to retract it)

Sep 13, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

via @NBA twitter via @NBA twitter

Sports stars are learning what politicians have started to learn — in today’s media environment your comments are not just heard by the small audience in front of you. Your comments are national, they are everywhere. (Politicians love to tell each audience what they want to hear, but do that today and the inconsistencies in your stances quickly get pointed out. As they should.)

Orlando draftee Victor Oladipo was speaking to a group of Magic season ticket holders Thursday night when he said (as reported by the Orlando Pinstriped Post):

“I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland.”

Remember, Cleveland had the first pick in the draft and nobody knew what they were going to do with it. Oladipo was in the mix, but Cleveland took Anthony Bennett No. 1, so the Magic took Oladipo No. 2.

Oladipo’s comment plays well in that room, but then the official Magic twitter account tweeted (and has since taken down) the comment, and it was out and running on the Web.

Cleveland fans, who have some scars from players that didn’t want to play for them and are a tad sensitive on that matter, fired shots at Oladipo. In response Oladipo tweeted.

How exactly did you mean, “I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland?”

I don’t think Oladipo was being malicious here, maybe he was seeing that they had Dion Waiters at the two (and Kyrie Irving at the one) and saw a logjam. Everybody in the draft has preferences. And he told the audience in front of them what they wanted to hear.

The lesson here is simple: All your comments are national. Please act accordingly.

  1. lastdukestreetking - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Cle has a couple talented young guards so it makes sense for Oladipo to prefer Orl. And the weather is nicer!

    • tontoepstein - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      They could have had Jerry West and Gail Goodrich in Cleveland, and what he said would still have had absolutely nothing to do with the players. It is what it is, he didn’t want to go to Cleveland. Other than the Cleveland politicians and the Cleveland business creeps that are compensated to shill for that nuclear waste site, who does?

  2. 00maltliquor - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    No need to apologize Vic!! Keep it 100!! Bunch of sensitive pansies out there in 2013 man.

    • spthegr8 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      @Malt
      Seriously man. You can’t say anything anymore, without offending SOMEBODY!!!! Everybody just needs too chill!!!!

      P.S. Can you blame him???

  3. oldcat157 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    And why does it matter what Cleveland thinks again?

  4. oldcat157 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    And why does it matter what Cleveland thinks again?

  5. pl4tinum514 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Agreed, why would he want to go to a team that’s going to finish in the top 3 in the East for the next decade?

    • tontoepstein - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      Top 3 in the East for what, lake pollution?

  6. ljl2 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Does he get that Cleveland was the one with the choice and DIDN’T want him?

  7. gmsalpha - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Orlando is not a bad place to be in the Winter months of the NBA season. Cleveland? Meh.

    Plus, as everyone knows by now….no state income taxes in Florida. And they are a team on the rise. Not this year, but they are setting themselves up pretty well. Cleveland is also a team on the rise, but as was mentioned, Victor’s position on the floor doesn’t really make sense in Cleveland with what they already have. And I simply can’t imagine Kyrie Irving staying very long, unless they make it to at least the Eastern Finals. But he’ll leave.

  8. adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    haha dion waiters as part of a logjam? nobody believes that.

    • tontoepstein - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      Dion Waiters is World B. Free without the talent.

  9. waltrd - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Cleveland didn’t want him. So they didn’t pick him. He didn’t want Cleveland. Sounds like a win-win for both.

  10. drewdatwit84 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Well LeBron didn’t want to be there (and still doesn’t). so uh, yah, Cleveland sucks. especially the Cavs owner. Trifling jerk.

  11. critter69 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    spthegr8 wrote:
    “Everybody just needs too chill!!!!”

    And learn how to spell correctly.

    • wsuperman4445 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      At critter69: You might want to use “to and not “too” next time in your statement.. I’m just saying.. ” People that live in glass houses, should not throw stones”

      critter69 – Sep 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM
      spthegr8 wrote:
      “Everybody just needs too chill!!!!”

      And learn how to spell correctly.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        People who don’t know how to use commas should learn how to use commas, wsuperman.

  12. cubb1 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Nobody really wants to go to Cleveland.

  13. lawrinson20 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Why is this a ‘story?’

    Slowwww news day, or just lazy?

  14. lionbloodwinning - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    I’d refuse to play for any Ohio team

  15. cosme27 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Neither did lebron, top 3? Over who, heat,Knicks,Brooklyn, pacers, bulls, you’re kidding right?

  16. eatitfanboy - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    It’s national news that someone would rather work in Florida than Ohio? That makes him part of an exclusive group called “Just About Everyone”.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      minus Urban Meyer.

  17. antistratfordian - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    It’s okay Cleveland. LeBron got your back.

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