Andrew Gilman

What’s real and what’s not? Don’t look to sports for the answer

What’s real and what’s not? Don’t look to sports for the answer

Sunday night, Sean Spicer cleaned up, put on a tux, a smile and somehow turned himself into a sympathetic figure.

Baker Mayfield talked on Monday about how Katy Perry was to blame for the demise of the 2014 Sooner defense.

Kevin Durant spent his time in the past day unable to figure out who he wants to be on Twitter.

Trying to figure out what’s real and what’s fake in politics is near impossible. Trying to figure it out in the sports world is becoming the same.

After all, Spicer argued there was a massive crowd at the January inauguration in the face of damning pictures that proved otherwise. Mayfield consistently slighted, and consistently looking for more reasons to feel slighted, has argued points absolutely no one is taking the other side on. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has a closet full of baggage featuring the same message: “I’m not mad, you are.”

Yet, here we are, not knowing who or what to believe anymore.

By most accounts, but now by dwindling conventional wisdom, KD is a pretty decent guy. But it’s near impossible to feel good about taking his side after months of showing off to the world how he’s a champion, but yet can’t seem to avoid a Twitter argument or competently manage his own social media account. He doesn’t give off the air of a champion.

Durant seems petty. Then again, we don’t really know.

Baker Mayfield was absolutely joking about Katy Perry. We all know that. Yet, he plays a chip-on-the-shoulder routine which is masterful and attractive to crowds. Is that a joke, too? Well, it resonates and is effective. Mayfield’s personality is magnetic, too, and that’s how he’s able to make a joke about Katy Perry and her demon ways on the Oklahoma defense. It’s funny, but if someone suggests his antics after the game where he said he was just having fun in the Horseshoe might not be seen as fun for everyone, Mayfield first apologizes but then also says he’d do it again. Is he joking about that, too?

Is Mayfield sorry, or not sorry? We don’t know.

That’s where we are in the sports world now days. Social media and extensive interviews, radio, TV and beyond allow us a look behind the curtain, but behind the curtain is just more mystery. Too tough to know what’s real anymore.

Is Kevin Durant worth defending when he goes on Twitter and pretends to be someone else or Spicer worth believing at all when he becomes normalized and isn’t standing behind a White House podium? Probably to some extent for both. But their actions essentially force people into a horrible dead-end. Defend them at all costs, or risk being caught on the wrong side of some embarrassing faux pas. Spicer argued against basic human rights for months, but he was compelling on Sunday. Durant was incredibly humble and giving in Oklahoma City as a member of the Thunder, then he gets on the internet and awkwardly defends himself while wearing a social media disguise.

You can’t defend KD or his jumper these days. Mayfield is dangerously close to winning the Heisman and having an army of “haters.”

Hypocrisy has long been the fabric of two-party politics. It’s what we’re used to, regardless of which side you’re on. Too bad sports is becoming just as confusing.

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