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“Son Of A Terrorist Whore”

I felt about the Zidane incident kinda how I felt about Ron Artest going into the stands… sometimes, no matter how bad something is, the right thing to do is just sit and take it for the time being. However… according to some lip readers, Italian Marco Materazzi called Zidane a “son of a terrorist whore.”

Well, that’s just not a very nice thing to say. In fact, it’s the most vicious trash talk I’ve ever heard of. And before we get to Zidane’s reaction, first I’ve got to sort of begrudgingly tip my cap to Materazzi. I mean, it’s a terrible thing to say, and he’s a vile son of a bitch for saying it, but when the goal is to get under a guy’s skin, well… hats off. You’re going all the way on that one, all morals be damned. Your committment to your ideals can’t be questioned, and you really can’t do much better than that. And it has the added bonus of making me no longer feel bad for any messed-up thing I’ve used to heckle a player.

Oh, and for good measure, Materazzi also called Zidane a “negro,” which is about the Italian equivalent of calling someone the n-word. Nice touch, cocksucker.

As for Zidane, who’s mother is Algerian (and also quite ill at the moment)… I mean, the head butt is understandable, but… you still can’t do it. In a way, it sounds crazy, but in that situation, with his teammates depending on him, the right thing to do is just take it and not respond. I’m not saying that’s what I would’ve done, and I’m not saying that it would’ve been easy, but… if he doesn’t respond at all, he stays in the game, he gives France a better shot to win, and he doesn’t tarnish his legacy. If he responds with a head butt to the chest, he gets tossed, everyone in the world calls him a dirty bastard, and he may have cost France at a shot at a World Cup. And he can always hunt down Materazzi a week later and beat him to death on his own time.

Son of a terrorist whore. That’s messed up.

Matthew J. Darnell

10 Comments

  1. Well, you might be right about that. Reacting as he did in no way makes him a bad guy… but he did not do the right thing for his team.

  2. There’s also the bit about ‘I hope your family dies a horrible death.’ Which is not a nice thing to say, particularly to a man with a very ill mother. Little shit needed a smack down. Hope he wasn’t planning on visiting France anytime soon.

  3. really, is this guy zidane in third grade or something? this guy would go berserk after 3 minutes in any pick-up basketball game. trash talk is part of the game – just deal with it.
    what a baby!

  4. Materazzi is a dirty player. Dude likes to throw elbows, kick shins and the groin, and be a general shitbag. He’s the kind of guy you hope turns awkwardly and rips all the ligaments in his knee.

    Zidane should have kept his cool, but there’s a reason it’s called Blind Rage. Who’s to say what any of us would have done.

  5. To Yogi:Si`…Zidane is still emotinally in the 3rd grade…otherwise, how to explain the stomp on the saudi player that probably didn’t call him son-of-a-terrorist?

    To Bouj:&…oui`~~…Materazzi has fans with facist trappings & the contratemps` of monkey-chants & bannana peels haven’t been tolerated here since Jackie Robinson.So much for us ‘Ugly Americans’.Another reason for Americans to hate the ‘beautiful game’.

  6. I’m pretty sure that most of you on this board would have reacted worse than Zidane did. I know I would have punched the guy…and then stood on his nuts.

  7. This whole thing has become completely ridiculous, and I, like I think most people should do, am reserving judgment until Zidane himself stops being really quiet about it, and comes out and tells exactly what Materazzi’s insults were. Yes, I’m an Azzurri supporter, but as of now, the only person we have anything to go by is Materazzi, which admittedly, isn’t a great lead.

    Expert lip readers? Come on. This is probably 3 guys who sat around, trying to figure out what he said by watching the various YouTube videos. Do they even know what language he said it in? Italian? French? English? Urdu?

    People are trying to blow this up, and unfortunately, it’s working. Hell, that part about “negro” being the Italian word for the n-word isn’t true. At all. There are far, FAR worse names in the Italian language for blacks – in fact, I would roughly equate the word “negro” in Italian to… well actually, the word “negro” in American English. As in, it’s not the most PC thing to say, but it certainly isn’t the worst thing either.

    Pretty soon I’m going to start faulting Zidane, because there’s no reason he shouldn’t have come out to tell everyone already, unless he’s just sitting at home, reading all the newspaper articles and waiting to pick the best one. “Yeah, that thing in “The Mirror”! We’ll go with that!”. Why he didn’t say anything the next day is definitely a mystery.

  8. The whole thing is ridiculous. Whatever Materazzi said, you just don’t headbutt a fellow player. Zidane’s actions can not be justified.

    And I mean, trash-talking is a part of sports. Have you ever watched close up an NBA game? Jeeee-zus.

    Sure, Materazzi is slime, but that’s not an excuse for Zidane to do what he did. Ultimately, even the most insulting, abusive language is no excuse for physical violence.

    And by the way: Materazzi categorically denied calling Zidane a terrorist. Now, here comes the good stuff, quoted from ESPN:

    “I did insult him, it’s true,” Materazzi said in Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “But I categorically did not call him a terrorist. I’m not cultured and I don’t even know what an Islamic terrorist is.”

    “I’m not cultured”… Priceless!

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