Royce White, who we're all excited to be donning maroon and gold come fall 2009, has given the punditocracy another reason to question his maturity.
In an item I didn't see until it was pointed out to me today, it's reported that White had a little altercation with Damian Johnson during a summer league game. Now, White insists it was simply competitive sparring. But the funny business got him ejected.
This Star Tribune blog post by Myron Medcalf (after burying the lede) informs us that White was tossed for trash talking and throwing a ball at Johnson's back when he was turned away. Yeah, that's not cool, considering Johnson was arguably the Gophers' MVP last season and was easily the player who grew the most under Tubby Smith. Show some respect, Royce!
Medcalf also decides to paraphrase Tubby Smith second hand. Here's the paragraph that made the editor in me cringe:
Tubby Smith was upset and befuddled when he learned about White’s verbalI believe Tubby would be questioning White's "maturity," and this incident might give credence to those who suggest White is "immature." Whatever.
sparring session with his future teammate. During a conversation with a
colleague, Smith questioned White’s immaturity.
This little note proves two things to us: 1) Royce White hasn't learned a microscope is on him and 2) the Star Tribune isn't going to save us from another year of questionable reporting and grammar from pup reporter Myron Medcalf.