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NATE ROBINSON TWITS APOLOGY FOR FAILING TO PAY TICKET LEADING TO SUSPENDED LICENSE

ARE TWEEPS CHANGING RULES OF MEDIA COVERAGE AND POLICE STOPS?

Nate Robinson Tweet

Twitter is deep.  It creates a quick personalized connection between the public and media personalities with the ability to take out and neutralize the middle-person, the mass media.  Now, with direct access between original sources and target audiences, the public can receive and individuals can transmit messages faster than the mass media  can keep up.  The mass media’s monopoly on the distribution of information is over.

Therefore, faster than Knicks beat writer Alan Hahn can sit at his computer after he gives his requisite judgmental head shake (see his twitter comment and blog verdict), Nate Robinson can issue the requisite media personality apology for a personal error or problem gone public (or is it “gone posted”).

Apparently Nate was driving with a suspended license (5th suspension) and did not know it because the ticket was mailed to his Seattle address and not his New York home.  As mentioned, only an hour after Nate’s tweet, in our comment section following the previous post, Nate was pulled over for what he believed at the time was tinted windows which happened to be rolled down. While pulled over, Nate complained about being held up  too long and being inconvenienced by the stop. Nate double tweeted:

nate_robinson Cops pulled me over cuz my windows were 2 dark(but my windows were down) lol how funny is that.. SMH about  . . .  from UberTwitter

nate_robinson Iam still pulled over and its been 35min they have me sit n in my truck like I dnt have s#*+ 2 do lolabout . . . from UberTwitter

Unfortunately for  Nate, he had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear or pay the ticket which was mailed to his Seattle address and not his New York home.  Nate was arrested and the Post picked it up immediately in its on-line edition.  The reports immediately took on a “here we go again tone” and highlighted his repeated failure to address traffic ticket problems.    Of course, embarrassed by the unexpected valid arrest, in the midst of finalizing contract negotiations, Nate responded quickly via twitter, not waiting for the next edition of the Post to come out. His next six tweets, at about midnight, stated:

nate_robinsonI thought it was for tinted windows but turns out I had an unpaid ticket and I wasn’t aware the ticket had been mailed to my Seattle addressabout 2 hours ago from web

nate_robinsonThis resulted to a suspended license.about 2 hours ago from web

nate_robinsonI apologize to the Knicks, my family and fans.about 2 hours ago from web

nate_robinsonI also want to thank the NYPD especially the arresting officer. He was fair and helped process me quickly.about 2 hours ago from web

nate_robinsonI promise to get this all cleared up.about 2 hours ago from web

An hour later,  a reflective Nate, tweeted,  “Well lesson learned pay all tix tweetpeople aight Shot out to my boy twill ves and dhud, stood by my side the whole time!! ”  Robinson  followed that tweet with  thanks to two friends who showed support throughout the entire ordeal: “To my tweetpeople that’s love, I thank yall 4 yalls support yall my tweeps 4 dat!! Tweeps up haters down”

With Nate’s media persona already established and solidified, by the New York beats, this incident, as any public error would, fell right into their profile of Robinson as an immature and irresponsible little man with over-sized talent.  Immediately the press magnified the severity of the issue and began speculating on how it would impact his contract status and opining about how forgetting to pay a ticket reflected on him. (This was before DMV records revealed he was a repeat offender).  Nate felt and responded to the press attacks immediately, again via Twitter. He wrote:

nate_robinsonthe media is try n 2kill my name and my image, but its cool only GOD can judge me now, they are make n it seem iam a head case not cool

nate_robinsonat the end of the day iam going prey [sic] to the LORD and ask him to show me the way 2 a beautiful heart and a powerful mind

This twit-episode (or is it twitasode) highlights the changing communication landscape, but it also demonstrates how the Internet can be used as a tool during challenging events such as a police stop.

Although Nate later apologized and called his tweets during the police stop irresponsible, tweeting after being pulled over was actually a reflexively smart move on his part as both a public figure and a driver stopped by police.  Nate’s tweets gave him a little more control of himself and the circumstances during and following the stop than he would have had otherwise.

By tweeting while stopped, Robinson revealed the police encounter before the press, therefore taking some of the surprise and sting out of subsequent reporting.  As we are learning, media personalities can neuter or minimize mass media accounts (often filled with biting false morality barely disguised as objectivity) of negative events by telling the truth as quickly as possible.  We most recently saw this when Rick Pitino held his press conference about his eatery foreplay and extortion after-sex-party.  Before that, when Basil Patterson became governor of New York  he quickly admitted that, similar to the previous Governor, he suffered from infidelity during his marriage although he didn’t pay to play across state lines.  By taking control of the story themselves, the media personalities reduced the shelf-life of the negative stories since reporters are always competing for the next new revelation.

Although, Nate was eventually proved wrong when he indignantly tweeted that the officer was holding him too long simply because he had tinted windows, the message to his tweeps worked in his favor.  It is unlikely that Nate was aware of the warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay a ticket.  If he knew that, it is unlikely he would have been critical of the officer who stopped him.  The earlier tweets lend a little credence to his claim that he was unaware of the warrant (although after three suspensions, you would think dealing with tickets promptly would be a priority).  Normal people, who are not sports reporters, know that traffic courts are filled with drivers who forget about tickets or court dates or have ticket notices mailed to the wrong addresses.  It is common for busy people or out-of-towners to forget about things like minor tickets, bills and dentists appointments. Contrary to media pretense, not attending a court date is not automatically a sign of evil-doing, incompetence or immaturity.  It happens and the perp (haha) eventually pays extra for not attending on minor matters.And Nate will pay the penalty.

Robinson’s pre-arrest tweets were also smart protection in the event of an invalid arrest.  Although, he now must admit an error because the stop led to a valid arrest, the incident certainly raises questions regarding why an officer would stop a driver before he knows that the driver has a suspended license.   Did the officer stop Nate because his windows were illegally tinted?  Did he stop Nate because he randomly checked Nate’s  license plate on the mobile data terminal  while following him  and saw that the owner’s license was suspended? Was the stop for another violation?  Was the stop based on how the passengers looked and the type of car they were driivng, before the officer actually knew that Robinson’s license was suspended?

Those questions often arise in the mind of a black driver pulled over for something other than a moving violation like running a red light, speeding or hitting a pedestrian.   As often as not, when the officer asks for your license and registration during a stop, he will not inform you of the violation, before he writes the ticket.  (A smart driver would have his license and registration ready when the officer approaches the car and ready to respectfully address the officer).  The uncertainty in the  interaction leaves the black driver a bit afraid that the officer will be unfair or contrive some minor offense in order to justify the stop.  Nate’s response to twitter demonstrates another way a driver can create a record and let friends know that he is engaged in an encounter with police.  The ability to gain quick contact to others during police encounters adds a new power to drivers who may soon be in police custody and disconnected from others at the discretion of officers.

Twitter also allowed Robinson to keep his cool at the scene.  Nate was smart to displace his disdain onto the internet as opposed to towards the police officer, an act which would have led to greater problems.  He was also smart not to tweet while talking to the officer, which may have been seen as an immediate and direct challenge to the officer’s authority. Nate was no Henry Louis Gates in this encounter — if the officer did not have a legit reason for an arrest, Robinson would have probably been on his way to his camp.

Nate’s unfortunate, but minor, encounter demonstrates the ability of new communication tools, such as Twitter, to allow individuals to regain a little more of their personal power from both corporate interests (mass media) and the State (police) (in Iran, Iraq and China that would be “police state”). You Go Twitter.

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August 19, 2009 - Posted by | Nate Robinson

27 Comments »

  1. From the NEW YORK POST & DAILY NEWS:

    NATE ROBINSON ARRESTED FOR BEING TOO BLACK TO BE OUT
    ON A SUNNY DAY! ” WE HAD OUR CHOICE “SAID OFFICER FOLEY.”
    WE COULD HAVE ARRESTED HIM IN HIS HOUSE LIKE THAT HARVARD
    “Professer.” HELL, WE RECIEVED SEVERAL PHONE CALLS FROM
    OLD WHITE WOMEN STATEING THEY “HEARD NEGRO TALK” IN THEIR
    NEIGHBORHOOD! THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PROUD THAT WE DIDN”T
    MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS THE MASS POLICE. HAD NATE BEEN OF DIFFERENT ‘Ethnicity’ WE WOULD HAVE SIMPLY SAID “GET HOME SAFE SON.”

    Comment by Peaceman | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. REPOST….REPOST…

    ZEKE HITS A TRIPLE @ FIU. PISSES OFF KENTUCKY & FIXFANBOYS

    Last week, new Florida International coach Isiah Thomas received a commitment from top-25 prospect Dominique Ferguson, who once had been a Kentucky commitment.

    Two elite players from the most recent recruiting cycle, Lance Stephenson and Eric Bledsoe, also considered playing for Thomas at FIU.

    Isiah Thomas picked up his first premier recruit last week.
    Getting a commitment from a former Kentucky prospect? Being in the mix for two top-25 talents? What is going on? Has FIU caught lightning in a bottle?

    We asked writers Jason King and Mike Huguenin for their opinions on how Thomas will fare at FIU – and how long he will be there.

    JASON KING SAYS …

    As much as I hated the hire, it wouldn’t shock me to see Thomas have some marginal success at FIU.

    He’s already forced the school onto the radar of a few top-tier high school prospects who would’ve laughed at the thought of signing with the school if Thomas weren’t the coach.

    Thomas is lucky that FIU competes in the Sun Belt Conference. Western Kentucky always is solid, and South Alabama and Arkansas-Little Rock have done some nice things. But it’s not as if anyone has a stranglehold on the conference. If Thomas signs a few good players, he’ll win – especially if his presence draws a crowd big enough to give his team a home-court advantage.

    An upset victory here or a postseason berth there, and Thomas will be offered another job – either as an assistant at a top-flight college or in the NBA. When that happens, he’ll be gone, and once that happens, all those recruits he lured to FIU will feel duped.

    Comment by Peaceman | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. “Nate’s unfortunate, but minor, encounter demonstrates the ability of new communication tools, such as Twitter, to allow individuals to regain a little more of their personal power from both corporate interests (mass media) and the State (police) (in Iran, Iraq and China that would be “police state”). You Go Twitter.”

    Great post Lives! You’ve captured how Twitter can be just one more tool of empowerment to fight potential injustice. The camera phone probably has the lead spot.

    Comment by MODI | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Whats up guys? Thanks Modi. You’re right about the camera phone, but it’s only good at police stops if 1) someone outside the car is taking the photos or 2) the officer doesn’t see you sneaking a pic of his badge.

    Peace, they’re just haters. What they forget is that most of Isiah’s top players only intend to be around for a year or two at the most anyway.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. Blueman, this bud is for you. You still have provided no evidence to refute the evident — Kahn has no intention of trading Rubio to the Knicks. This, today, from Hoopsworld:

    Rubio And The Knicks: There is little doubt that Ricky Rubio and his advisors would love to see Rubio land in New York, however according to sources near the situation the rumors of Rubio being shopped to the Knicks are just not real.

    Reached yesterday, sources close to Rubio said that there was no substance to talks of Rubio heading to the Knicks and were actually unaware of the reports that have been floating around suggesting that Minnesota was talking about a Rubio deal with New York. Sources said that Minnesota continues to pledge their support in getting Ricky his release from Joventut. The source was clear that Ricky would have no objection at all to landing with the Knicks, but said based on the discussions taking place with Minnesota there was no evidence to support the rumors.

    The common question on Rubio is why doesn’t he just borrow the cash and buy himself out, and the answer there is two part: Access to cash is not the issue, it’s a willingness to tap into those funds to pay what Rubio’s camp believes is an unfair price – over $8 million USD. The second part is that despite what could be in excess of $600,000 in endorsements, and $500,000 committed from the Timberwolves, Ricky would still be on the hook for roughly $7 million in debt, versus $5.6 million in guaranteed salary. The risk on the debt for Ricky is too great and no one wants a 19-year taking the floor playing tentative because of fear of injury. The earliest the Timberwolves can guarantee Ricky’s third year is July 1st, 2010 and even a “wink-nod” would be considered a cap violation.
    Sources close to the situation said again yesterday, if Joventut wants to make a deal, a deal can be done tomorrow. The belief is that $4 million USD gets it done today, it’s up to Joventut to come back to the table.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 19, 2009 | Reply

    • I don’t think blueman and his ilk have anything but trollish personal attacks against all who disagree with the hahnite koolaid spun by Newsday, which is owned and bought by Cablevision!

      He knows his point Rubio is bunk just like he is!

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Jason Williams has signed with the Championship challenger Magic.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. good point Lives! Mayber we can look at it like this.

    Twitter can be a form of selfempowerment and camera phones can be a form of community empowerment. I mean without the cameraphone, there is no Oscar grant story… Just another dead kid who was “unlawfully resisting arrest who was killed in selfdefense…

    Comment by MODI | August 19, 2009 | Reply

    • I suppose both you and Lives are right about the different forms of empowerment provided by both media- twitter and the camera phone.

      Both are similar in that they provided the user a media in which to provide a counter measure of control against those who would seek to provide a partisan laced and exclusive version of events- The camera phone by providing a visual capture of transpiring events that holds the Gang in blue’s account/spin on events and twitter by taking back a large measure of control from MSM spin doctors and moralizers eager to rush to judgement or cast a caricature of a celebrity’s (sports or otherwise) happenings.

      Twitter in a sense may blunt or short circuit the circus rink clarificatory conferences where athletes would be called to apologize in a shame on you atmosphere where the signifigance of the celebrity/atheletes actions are magnified and covered from various angles of the tired media lens.

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Co-signed. You hit that one right on the head.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. cosign Lives cosign

    Comment by MODI | August 20, 2009 | Reply

  9. ……Another week has passed,nothing from the Turtle. Are we the only team still trying to complete our roster?

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 21, 2009 | Reply

    • LOL DLT

      Walsh is killing them, the knicks that is, with his half stepping on the off season moves to build a team that can attract Free Agents next year.

      The great white nope!

      Comment by O&B's Ghost | August 21, 2009 | Reply

      • Only 38 Days Until
        The Opening Of NBA Training Camps

        Comment by D L T Knicks | August 21, 2009

      • DLT

        I suppose our collective Knicks misery will keep us in good coming through another dissapointing season, Well suffer on as loyal Knicks Fanatics untill the 2010 great pumpking becomes a reality…

        Oh yeah,… then again I may still believe in the tooth fairy!

        Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 22, 2009

  10. Joe Johnson, Dave Blum, Vincent Chase, Donald Vargus, Henri Lee, Bobby Jones, Jenny Voight, John Appleworth, Don Adams, Yelena Grace, Jim Woo, Fred Spanarkle, Bob Peterson, Judy Presti, Kim Adams, Josh Peters, Thomas Franklin, Robert Sarocco, and 125,000 other recieved court appearances for
    moving violations. Not one of the above made the MSM’S news
    papers. Get these criminals off our streets! Fugg.

    Comment by Peaceman | August 21, 2009 | Reply

    • Peaceman

      Don’t you know that the modus operandi right now is to make all of the remainig Zeke acquisitions look god awful so that Knick fans don’t feel to bad about Walsh just letting them slip away w/o getting anything back in return!

      Comment by O&B's Ghost | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  11. What’s up you guys? This is terrible. I’m bored. Not about life, just about the Knicks. I hope the Knicks are good enough so that at least the regulars come out to play a little this fall, but my hopes are not high.

    I think I am getting a bottle of wine (or two) and writing a few posts this weekend, unless my wife has something else for me to do (that’s a silly statement, I mean unless my wife demands that I do that something she wants me to do instead of giving me a choice.).

    I’ve been working on a response to Chad Ford’s insider article about the Knicks’ plans. At first, I thought he was being soft on Walsh, but when I looked closely he was just telling the truth gently. The Knicks are f*cked in 2010. The numbers don’t work. We don’t have enough cap room to give a max contract and hire six to eight more players. I kept telling Walsh that all the smart GM’s do their ground work over the cap using exceptions and draft picks. The under the cap free agent acquisitions only work when you already have most of your team together (See Shaq and LA). Otherwise it’s draft picks and trades.

    Those who praise Walsh talk about how he built the Pacers around Reggie Miller. That was his best move, not choosing Steve Alford. That was a freaking draft pick, not a max contract acquisition.

    Do you think that we’re getting duped and Dolan is trying to find a way to soften the damage from that money he lost to the Browns (Annucha and Larry) and paid to Isiah for his vacation?

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 21, 2009 | Reply

    • Lives

      I think you are spot on about the recent penny pinching.

      The Knicks appear to clearly be cutting corners to steady their financial sales after the free wheeling prior era.

      2010 is therefor just a distraction and not a very good one given how seemingly less attainable and plausible it has become in the current economic environment.

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  12. O & B:

    It sure seems that way. Beyond Curry and Jeffries who are to be dumped ASAP, contracts for Lee and Robinson are clearly being held in abeyance with the intent of forcing them to accept one-year deals so that they can be either traded or sacrificed next year to the Walsh God of “Cap Space.” I also recall that Walsh was quite willing to trade Chandler, another Isiah pick, to the Wizards for the 5th pick in the draft. Thus any player associated with Isiah is somehow tainted with original sin.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 21, 2009 | Reply

    • “Pure” Postup,
      Note…if you really, and I do mean really watched the
      2009 finals, Trevor Ariza was beyond a doubt the real MVP
      of that series. He won TWO out of the FOUR games with
      last minute defensive steals, not to mention his three point
      shooting that opened up Gasol and Kobe to not be doubled.
      Note the New York Media don’t bash Larry Brown for Trevor’s
      departure and give Zeke credit for a #43 second round pick that was the X-factor in the Chip series! Delusional azz Trevor Ariza!!!! What a shame. Ariza the first Zeke pick from the Knicks to win the Chip. Balkman could easily be the second? What a shame, what a shame! So much for the losing culture changing at 2 Penn Plaza!
      BELOW KNICKSDEFENSE FORMERLY KNOWN AS “STARBURYFAN” POSTS
      A TRIBUTE TO HIS HERO!

      Comment by Peaceman | August 21, 2009 | Reply

      • No Knick News….. so who won this dance off?

        Comment by Peaceman | August 21, 2009

    • Post Up

      I couldn’t have said it better myself,… regarding Walsh’s sacrifice of everying to 2010 on the god of cap space…

      This shyt reminds me of apocolypto,… and Marbury, crazy as he’s presented to be,… may well be the mad profetic voice of reason during the Knicks long treck to be sacrifice to the Gods Kukuldon Kukulbron and kukulcon!

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  13. Peace:

    I’ll score the dance off to Obama. LOL! Barak must have attained some dance moves by playing hoops and by living in Chicago where he had to see Jordan do his hip-mambo twists on the court.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  14. Very funny every time I see it. When it comes to bustin’ a move, Palin gets my vote every time, even though I am afraid she might quit in the middle of a back flip.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  15. From Yahoo’s Roy Johnson. I really like this guys tude.

    Newsday reported that Knicks president Donnie Walsh isn’t interested in signing Allen Iverson, the most intriguing free agent still on the market. The report didn’t say why, but I can imagine the reasoning is something along the lines of: He isn’t just our kind of guy.

    Please.

    Full disclosure: I hold Knicks season tickets. Pretty good ones, too. And I’ve enjoyed taking my kids to the game for more than a decade. Though some games I might have enjoyed a trip to the dentist better.

    So I feel I have every right to say: Please sign Iverson! Give him a contract and slip a Knicks jersey on one of the most exciting scorers in the history of the game. (He tweeted this week that the Knicks were one of three teams that might sign him.)

    I know all the reasons not to do it. Money. Age. Attitude. Blah. Blah.

    Perhaps the biggest is that he was a one-man wrecking ball last season in Detroit, all but getting a head coach fired and sucking the life out of a team that once thought it was good enough to reach the NBA Finals. That’s the reason few have called, despite A.I.’s 27.1 career scoring average, a respectable 17.4 last season – before he was exiled by Pistons president Joe Dumars.

    But I don’t care. These Knicks have no championship delusions. Make him a Knick.

    A.I. cannot cause the implosion of a team that will likely miss the playoffs once again. Walsh & Co. haven’t done anything this summer to greatly improve a team that finished 32-50, seven games out of the playoffs and 34 games behind top-seeded Cleveland. This remains the Off-Broadway Bunch.

    And yet, there I’ll be in my ridiculously expensive seats, just like thousands of other longtime sufferers. Why not give is a show? Give us an icon who scores in his sleep.

    Make A.I. a Knick.

    Sure, Mike D’Antoni’s system was entertaining. But it’s also porous. On too many nights, I left with the Knicks leading by 16 going into the fourth because I didn’t want to see the inevitable comeback. Didn’t need that aggravation.

    Guys like Wilson Chandler, Al Harrington and David Lee thrived in the system. And there were many nights when Nate Robinson could have run for mayor and won.

    But well before the end of the season, the guys were too gassed to put up much of a fight against teams priming for the postseason.

    Now, close your eyes and imagine A.I. in that system. He might score fiddy once a week. Even at 34 years old.

    Imagine A.I. and Nate on the floor at the same time – a midget backcourt that couldn’t cover stick figures but would be the best show in town.

    And I don’t even want to hear the he-doesn’t-play-defense argument, not with this system. Make him a Knick.

    And as for him not being our kind of guy, A.I. has not been on the sports/police pages recently like so many of his peers. Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress and Donte’ Stallworth, to name just a few, have certainly upped the ante in this area. And Iverson never was the gangsta his rep made him out to be.

    I presume the team has a plan for building a contender, one beyond “Waiting for LeBron.” Bringing in A.I. for one season wouldn’t disrupt that – not if the deal is structured right, which I’m confident Walsh could do.

    So c’mon, Donnie, drop the high-and-mighty movement, grab some cash and sign A.I.

    At least it’ll make my expensive nights a lot more interesting. And practices will no doubt be a hoot

    Comment by Peaceman | August 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Hear Hear LOL

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 22, 2009 | Reply


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