Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Condone vs. Condemn - The John C. Paradox

"You cats keepin' it real, you cats is on yo own Cuz bein' broke and alone is something I can't condone" - MB

I was reading ESPN today, specifically the article about Mike Vick's teammates and their reactions to his plea deal, and even more specifically, I basically just watched the video of Warrick Dunn that can be found here.

'Rick on Vick: "I think overall, as a friend of Mike, it's disturbing obviously that... some of the charges that he's up against are definitely inappropriate. And myself and the other players, we condone any of that stuff... violence on animals."

::record screetch"

"And myself and the other players, we condone any of that stuff... violence on animals."

I like to call this slip of the tongue the John C. Paradox. As we all know, "condone" is the ANTO-, not SYNO-, -nym of "condemn," the word that Wa' was trying to actually say, unless of course he, and his teammates actually do "give tacit approval to" violence on animals.

This slip of the tongue originated circa 1999 in a private NYC Ivy League school of Horace Mann. As passed down originally from HM Football legends Greg G. and Brian A., as the story goes, Coach John C. went on one of his endless yelling/spitting sprees aimed at curbing the juvenile behavior of the said G. and A. The specifics of their actions have been lost in the collective memory of those who know of this story, but their result will forever be known. Coach C. would go on to repeatedly say that he and his coaching staff "condoned" immature behavior on the field. That they "condoned" their players focusing on other things other than football. Safe to say Coach C. was unfamiliar with the inner workings of a dictionary and mistook the word "condone" for the word "condemn."

As awesomely as Warick Dunn did.

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