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What’s the big deal with getting autographs?

Mohamed Hadidne is probably just a huge fan of a person who dominates his sport and likely won’t ever get another chance to see him again so he made sure to get his autograph when he could.

I don’t understand what the big problem is. Yesterday, after the United States men’s basketball team dominated Tunisia 110-63, Tunisian forward Mohamed Hadidane went up to Kobe Bryant and asked him for his autograph.

Now, a lot of people are really getting up-in-arms about this, saying that as a player you are supposed to hate your team and when you get destroyed by an opponent you are supposed to be angry as a competitor and the last thing that should be on your mind is getting an autograph. But who really cares? These guys are athletes but they grew up fans of the game and they still are fans of the game so for this guy from Tunisia, who will likely never be on the court with Bryant ever again he had an opportunity to get an autograph from a player he probably really likes watching play.

If this were an NBA game and the Miami Heat got blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James ran up to Bryant immediately afterwards to get his autograph, sure, I can see a problem but that was not the case. To me this is like if some college swimmer was in a meet and had to race against Michael Phelps and proceeded to get destroyed but went and asked for his autograph after the game; Hadidane is a guy who plays the sport and watches the NBA wishing he could be Bryant but has no shot of id despite being one of the best players from his country.

I remember a few years ago after a game against the hated Philadelphia Eagles, Cowboys running back Tashard Choice walked up to Michael Vick after his team lost and got him to sign a glove and people were livid about it, some Cowboys fans even wanted him to be cut.

Choice apologized and defended his actions but saying that the autograph was for three-year-old nephew. Whether that was the case or not, Choice should not have needed to defend his actions. Choice was born in Thomsville, Georgia and went to college at Georgia Tech, so it is fair to assume that he grew up as a fan of Michael Vick and looked up to him while he was a player in high school, so if he wanted to get an autograph of a player he really likes, why not.

It is not like these players are openly rooting for the player on the other team. I could see where somebody would be mad if Choice, a player for the Cowboys at the time, openly cheered for Vick, an Eagle, to win all the time, but these guys already hug and talk after the games all the time anyway and many guys on different teams are friends with each other so getting an autograph is incredibly harmless. Heck, in soccer it is just part of the sport to exchange jerseys with your opponents after the whistle blows.

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