Davis has made his entire trade saga uncomfortable. It’s painful to watch.
Anthony Davis walked into what he hoped will be his final game with the New Orleans Pelicans sporting a T-shirt that read: “That’s All Folks.” It’s a play on the Looney Tunes catch phrase used to signify the end of the show, and it obviously resembles his own feelings with his Pelicans tenure.
Anthony Davis is wearing a shirt reading “That’s All Folks!” to the arena in what is likely his last game with the Pelicans pic.twitter.com/dN5a0OTwsi
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 9, 2019
We knew Davis wanted out, and so did the people of New Orleans, but the extra zing is sure to slap Pelicans’ fans in the face. For the rest of us, it’s a reminder of the utterly bizarre, messy and embarrassing blunder that was AD trying and failing to get traded to play with LeBron James in L.A.
The worst part of it all, though, is Davis continuing to plead ignorance.
With an entire night to think on it, Davis showed up to talk to reporters on Wednesday morning. His explanation:
- He “didn’t choose” to wear the shirt.
- It was “hanging up for him.”
- He “didn’t know” who hung it up for him.
- He has “no control” over what he wears and that he just “puts it on.”
Anthony Davis talks about his “That’s all folks” @WBLooneyTunes t-shirt and the message it sent.
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) April 10, 2019
— Julie Boudwin (@Julie_Boudwin) April 10, 2019
Anthony Davis makes for a terrible villain. If you lay out a punch, you have to back it up — or apologize for it. Instead, AD made it awkward.
This back-and-forth makes you wonder if Davis would wear any T-shirt, no matter what was written on it. Would he have worn an “I love the Pelicans and want to play here forever” shirt if things played out differently? Would he don a “Ban unibrows” shirt? Would he sport a shirt with his social security number on it?
Throughout this entire process, Davis has seemed like he wanted to be anywhere else but in the spotlight of his self-created mess. Davis isn’t wrong for requesting to play elsewhere, but he’s made his final days in New Orleans wildly uncomfortable.