L.A. Sports Writer Bashes Memphis, Again

L.A. Sports Writer Bashes Memphis, Again

Memphis is being called a crime-infested rat hole. The name-calling comes from a Los Angeles Times columnist covering the NBA playoffs series between the Grizzlies and the Clippers. His latest article, though, focuses more on his hatred for our city instead of basketball.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Memphis is being called a crime-infested rat hole. The name-calling comes from a Los Angeles Times columnist covering the NBA playoffs series between the Grizzlies and the Clippers. His latest article, though, focuses more on his hatred for our city instead of basketball.

As Memphians, we love our city. We're proud of it. We know Memphis isn't perfect, but it's certainly not the nightmare he makes it out to be.

Robyn Walker is not a fan of T.J. Simers or his view of Memphis. "That's really rude," she said. The L.A. Times writer told readers exactly what he thinks of the Bluff City, writing, "I've put my life on the line to be here in this rat hole with our Clippers."

"That's unfortunate," said Grizzlies fan Eric Boswell. "Someone that has ways and means to reach so many people, that's unfair to Memphis."

Simers continues, saying he's worried to walk down the street without a body guard. And instead of 'growl towels', he suggests the Forum should hand out bulletproof vests.

His justification for these remarks comes from recent billboards put up by the Memphis Police Association that read: "Danger: Enter at Your Own Risk. This city does not support public safety."

"To me that sounded like he was just trying to pump up the Clippers," said MPA President Mike Williams. He said the billboards express how city leaders aren't treating Memphis police officers well. "It's in their acts. Not what they say, but what they do. It's getting hard to recruit quality police officers like citizens deserve. That's why the billboards went up; they're not directed at the city itself or its citizens."

What is directed at the city are Simers' very vicious words.

Memphian Eric Ragland noted, "That's giving a bad impression on our city. Memphis is a good city - any place has bad parts."

"It's a fun city right here though. I love Memphis," added Grizzlies fan Phormie Boswell.

The MPA billboards may provide fuel to Simers' fire, but Memphians aren't letting his insults burn.

"We're human, it bothers to certain extent," said Ragland. "But we know Memphis and we know that overall, overall it is a good city. I'm glad to be here, glad to live here."

"Go Grizz all day everyday!" cheered Boswell.

After all, basketball is what a sports column is supposed to be about.

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