Rasheed Wallace is an emotional man to say the least. If he sees something that he thinks is wrong or feels that he is the victim of some injustice, he will say something about it.
So it was no surprise that he takes his grocery prices as serious as he does the basketball fouls that annoy him so much.
Witness reports say that Wallace attempted to use a coupon for 50 cents off Oscar Mayer bologna that had expired the day before.
When the young cashier said that they do not accept expired coupons, he went on a tirade using defenses that many other athletes have used before him.
"I need to feed my children, and I can't afford these high prices if I can't get that coupon," yelled Wallace at the manager who was called to try to de-escalate the incident.
"It's because I'm black isn't it, this store is racist and I don't agree with your practices," exclaimed Wallace, taking a page out of Donovan McNabb's book.
The young cashier, who asked to not be named for fear of retaliation from Wallace, explained what he felt as the incident occurred.
"I've never been so scared in my life. I saw the Big Brawl between the Pistons and Pacers, and I didn't put it past this guy to go at it with somebody," recalled the young boy.
He knew right, as Wallace began to jump on top of registers and throw merchandise.
When police was called, Wallace went even crazier, grabbing a plastic butter knife from one of the shelves and holding it to a customer’s neck.
"You ain't taking me away, not this time," said a sweaty, nervous Wallace to the police.
As he tried to back up, he ran into a display of yogurt that collapsed on top of him with most packages opening and spilling yogurt on top of Wallace and another customer.
Detroit Chief of Police said, "Things like this happen all the time. Athletes get used to what they do on the court, and then bring it off court. We've found Pavel Datsyuk slap shooting cheese packages with a broom during the hockey off season."
The Pistons, however, are standing behind their guy.
Detroit President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said, "O.J, Duke Lacrosse, Kobe, Wallace. He will be proven innocent. This is just the media rushing to judgement because he is a high profile black athlete."
Commissioner David Stern replied to Dumars' comments by saying, "Did he really just compare a grocery store meltdown to two rape cases and a murder case?"
The whole story has been bizarre, and Wallace is due in court next Wednesday to fight the charges against him.
I'm Joe W.
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