I know that neither Rashad McCants nor Makhtar N’Diaye is particularly relevant (a.) during football season or (b.) in 2009. But I couldn’t help feeling giddy when I read this exchange between McCants and News & Observer blogger Robbi Pickeral:
Q: What does it mean to you that Makhtar Ndiaye, Shammond Williams and several other former UNC players reached out to you over alumni weekend?
A: It means that they actually care about my progression as a player and a person, and that they feel that I’ve been wrongly treated. And to hear that from another perspective is amazing; it’s amazing to feel appreciated, that guys [four] years later are saying, ‘Man, you’re so good – how are you not on a team right now? It’s unfair to you, it’s unfair to us as fans of yours to not see you playing right now.’ So that alone, to me, is just breathtaking?
Suppose you were a professional athlete. And suppose someone asked you to imagine the clearest sign possible that your career (or life) was headed in the wrong direction. Could you come up with a better answer than, “Makhtar N’Diaye led an intervention for me”?
That’s the same Makhtar N’Diaye who once drew a five-second inbound call while waving at a friend in the stands. In an NBA D-League game.
The same Makhtar N’Diaye who accused a University of Utah player of calling him the n-word in a 1998 Final Four game. Then recanted several days later, forcing UNC’s chancellor to write letters of apology to half the state of Utah.
You’re on a bad path, Rashad.