Larry Nance Jr. Apologizes For Ignoring A Kid Who Tried To Get His Autograph

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On Monday, Cleveland Cavalier forward Larry Nance Jr. got swept up in the Internet Outrage Machine after a mother posted a video of him ignoring her son’s attempt to get an autograph while the Cavs were practicing at UCLA’s campus. The kid (and his hair) managed to get some love from Kevin Love after the fact, but if you thought that was going to stop people from getting mad online, you obviously haven’t spent much time on the world wide web.

There were a few apologists out there that begged people to take context into consideration before judging Nance, but I’m pretty sure the evidence would stand up on its own if you could file criminal charges for being an asshole. If that was the case, I’m pretty sure Nance would plead “no contest” based on the apology he issued shortly after the video surfaced.


According to Terez Owens, Nance posted a comment on the private Instagram account of the woman who originally uploaded the video, and it looks like the Cavalier is willing to atone for the error of his ways.

With that said, I feel like people are overlooking the real story here: the fact that Larry Nance Jr. thinks he’s in a position to be turning down literally anyone who wants his autograph. If I was an NBA player whose most impressive professional achievement was finishing second in the dunk contest, I’d be walking up to random people on the street and asking to sign their shit.

As far as I’m concerned, you have to earn your right to crush the spirits of a kid.

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Connor Toole is a Senior Editor at BroBible based in Brooklyn, NY who embodies more of the stereotypes associated with the borough than he's comfortable with. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft before walking around the streets of NYC masquerading as the newest member of the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to land him a contract, so he was forced to settle for writing on the internet for a living instead. If you're mad about something he wrote, be sure that any angry tweets you send note the similarity between his last name and a popular insult, as no one has ever done that before.