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Dirk Nowitzki: Mavericks' Star Is Unnecessarily Criticized for Eating Sausage

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2012

Dirk Nowitzki has more problems after finally getting his Dallas Mavericks on a winning streak.

The German superstar appeared in a commercial for Ing-DiBa, a bank in his native country, and caused quite a stir for eating some wurst.

According to Die Welt of Worldcrunch, Dallas’ forward accepts a slice of wurst from an elderly woman in a butcher shop after she asked, “What did we always used to say?” and he responded “So you grow big and strong” before eating the sausage.

Vegetarians have taken offense to his actions and let the company know on their Facebook page.

It’s quite ridiculous that the bank had to issue an apology and ask their followers to deal with the act with the “greatest possible respect.”

Nowitzki is the 2011 NBA Finals MVP and was just voted the German Athlete of the Year, but he started very slow out of the gate for the 2011-12 season.

The Mavericks lost three of their first four and were 3-5 before ripping off a five-game winning streak and finally looking like a team that has a chance of repeating as champions.

Dirk does not need more distractions at this point and must ignore the criticism from militant vegetarians trying to tear him down for enjoying a piece of meat.

The seven-footer enjoys a food that is a delicacy in his native country and should not have to apologize to anyone for it.

If he wants to eat sausage and can still win playoff games with his incredible jumper and heart of a champion, let him be.

He’s never claimed to be a vegan or vegetarian and should not try to become one just because a few maniacs are taking umbrage to his food selection.

Dirk just needs to keep winning games and helping the Mavericks prepare for another deep title run, eating whatever he wants along the way.  

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