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Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:26 am
Edited on: May 15, 2011 12:31 am
Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown took to Twitter to squelch a rumor involving Pau Gasol's girlfriend. Posted by Ben Golliver. pau-brown

The Los Angeles Lakers bombed out of the 2010-2011 NBA playoffs in surprising and disgraceful fashion. Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum were ejected after some unnecessary fouls and most of the rest of the team played without much heart or energy as the Dallas Mavericks swept them out of the second round.

In particular, All-Star big man Pau Gasol was listless and ineffective, averaging just 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, well below his season averages. It got so bad that Phil Jackson, the Zenmaster, screamed at Gasol and thumped him on the chest to try to wake him up.

As Gasol struggled on the court, rumors off the court circulated about problems involving his girlfriend. The rumors first involved Kobe Bryant's wife. Both players moved to squash that talk in relatively short order, stating publicly that the relationships between the two players and their significant others were all hunky-dory. 

After the Lakers were eliminated, an even more vicious rumor emerged concerning a supposed relationship between Gasol's girlfriend, Silvia Lopez Castro, and Lakers guard Shannon Brown.

Brown took to Twitter on Saturday night to correct the record: "Ok let me put a end to this right now before it goes any further. I DID NOT SLEEP WITH @paugasol woman!!! First and last time addressing it!"

Rumors about the private lives of professional athletes, especially teammates, is a dirty, dirty game. In the past, standard practice for athletes has generally been to avoid commenting on them directly so as not to legitimize them.

Clearly, Brown has opted for a different approach. Given that he has more than 152,000 followers on the social networking site, his side of the story can be dispersed widely and without a filter. Putting out that kind of statement might very well make his life easier, or at least a little less dramatic.

If you're Gasol, though, how do you react? Are you glad Brown put the rumors to bed? Are you a little peeved that a public denial/clarification of this sort was necessary? Are you worried that this might serve as fodder for additional rounds of rumors? 

It's hard to know without being in his shoes. It's especially difficult because Gasol did acknowledge that some of the rumors that had spread had been hurtful to Carsto. Does this help or hurt her?

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:43 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

I mean if you're a Phillies fan everyone knows it was Jayson Werth ? Or could it have been Rick Welts ?

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:04 pm

I DID NOT SLEEP WITH @paugasol woman!!!

Well neither did I.   Obviously someone did.    You know who the idiots will point to next, don't you?   Scuzz probably did.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:15 pm

Shannon Brown needs a PR person

Sorry Shannon. I really don't care what you do that is lawful. Rumors bore me. But your denial runs a flag up a flagpole. Maybe you should get some PR advice from Bill Clinton. He made the same mistake ("I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."). William Shakespeare even understood ("The lady doth protest too much, methinks." - Hamlet). Best be quiet Mr. Brown and let the people wonder than speak and make them sure.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 4:42 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

So is this the mysterious "schism" that all the pundits said existed after the Lakers were eliminated?  Almost every expert said something like, "we're going to find out in a couple weeks what the real problem was in that locker room...".  Maybe this was it.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 3:20 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

Good to know that all women are the same and all Latinas are just mindless lustful manaics.  What a sexist joke your pathetic post is.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:52 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

its nice to see that you think you know it all! you are full of yourself and its not even that funny ! haha

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:43 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

This is TRUMP kind of stuff. Let's work on bringing Howard in to bolster the middle.  I admire Fish for all he's done, but it's time for him to go...perhaps Lamar and Artest as well.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:10 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn....... Is thing on? Laughing

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:54 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

Come on Pau; you're a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers dude, making tons of cash. Just move on to the next 500 women (floozies) that would do anything to spend an evening with a dreamy Spaniard. Personally, I think Brown is just covering up his deceitful ways so as not to get cut or worse, traded to Sacramento. Gasol; you knucklehead, you of all people should know Not to get mixed up with a hot Latina chick and all that passion they must display. Pau must have a real nut job when the Lakers took a 10-day road trip. All of us Lakers haters would like to thank Silvia Lopez Castro for destroying this team and being instrumental in their epic flameout. As a token of appreciation, I would like to extend an invitation to Silvy to join me for a few pina coladas @ the Euro-style pool @ the Wynn hotel in Vegas next month.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:45 pm

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

Shannon:  YOu really don't sleep if you have sex with another man's woman!!!!!!!!

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