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Occasionally, when I go to Twitter I realize that I’m behind on a joke of some sort between my new group of virtual friends (if I would have written that sentence 10 years ago you wouldn’t be able to convince me that I was about to get married). If you’re in Philly on Twitter, you probably know what #aretroops, #bolg, the fake @Sl_JonHeyman and Meech’s great hunger strike of ’10 are all about. Over time you figure it all out – well, almost all of it.
I have a confession to make. I have no flippin’ (for the kids) idea who Boosie is or why everyone wants he/she freed. I’m now going to take a few minutes to try and figure out who Boosie is, by constructing a Top 10 list of suspects.
#10 Samuel Dalembert
I don’t think I remember seeing any #freeboosie stuff while he was with the Sixers, but maybe that’s just because Twitter wasn’t really around while Sammy D was not hustling his was through 6 or 7 years in Philly. Is Dalembert Boosie? Does he want to free himself from Sacramento? Do his former teammates say #freeboosie because they want to help him out of Sac-town? I have no idea.
#9 The NBPA
I have no idea what goes through the heads of professional basketball players. Is #freeboosie some kind of code for the labor strike? Is Boosie a lawyer or agent that they all trusted who is literally in prison? Hopefully Boosie gets freed soon so he can step in and solve this labor thing before Spike loses his mind.
#8 Plaxico Burress
Boosie starts with a B. Burress starts with a B. I know he’s out now, but maybe #freeboosie isn’t as much as a stance for Burress anymore as it is a symbol to free all humans who shot themselves in their leg in NYC while wearing sweat pants in a club. Speaking of sweatpants in a club, one day in 7th grade I realized that all of my jeans were in the laundry and I had to wear sweatpants to middle school. When I write the Top 10 worst days of my life, sweatpants to middleschool day will be in the top 3. UGH.
Maybe Boosie is a rapper that we haven’t heard from in a while. Maybe Twista is his real name and Boosie is his nickname. Either way, Twista had that one really good jam with
Kanye Jamie Foxx and then one on his own and then disappeared. Maybe that’s because he’s in jail under the alias Boosie. Maybe not.
#6 OJ Simpson
I don’t even think I have to go through numbers 5-1. It’s definitely OJ, right? Yea, the guy from Naked Gun. Get it? OJ – orange juice! You’re right, most NBA players have no idea OJ was even an NFL Hall Of Fame quarterback that invented Gatorade at the University of Florida.
#5 Avon Barksdale
NBA players must have a ton of free time, especially in the playoffs when they only play one game every four days. When not playing they must be either playing Call of Duty or watching crime series on HBO, right? Not only was Avon the only one who really had to incur a lengthy prison sentence, but he also ended up paralyzed in Remember the Titans.
Is he really dead? How does he still release an album every few years. And not just new albums, but they’re on CDs, which weren’t even really invented (ed. note : yes they were) when he was ‘allegedly’ killed. When Tupac and Biggie went away, we were left with the likes of Diddy, Pitbull and Master P. Please, if Tupac is Boosie and can be freed, please do so and bring back good rap music.
#3 Allen Iverson
Many current NBA stars grew up idolizing Iverson and wanting to be just like him. Well, now he has to resort to playing basketball in Turkey. TURKEY?! #freeboosiefromhavingtoplayinTurkeybecauseifheplaysinTurkeyeventuallywewilltoo?
#2 Lil’ Wayne
Sometimes I see it referred to as Lil Boosie. This could just be circumstantial evidence, but maybe it was a thing while Lil’ Wayne was in jail and everyone wanted him freed and then he put out a rap album while in jail (they have recording studios there?) and no one realizes that he’s out now. I watched The Seven once and they said that Drake is Lil’ Wayne’s brother. Is that true? RIP The Seven.
#1 Gary Busey
This has to be it, right? Maybe it’s all just been a giant misspelling like #supportaretroops. Maybe all along, Dalembert, Lou Williams and the rest of them wanted to FREE BUSEY from VH1 reality shows!!! No, not Busey? Then who?