by Zettler Clay
On Thursday night, Nate Robinson watched another scintillating night of NBA Finals basketball — a game he was playing in a year ago — and decided to take a stroll on the town in New York. At the end of that stroll, he realized he had a bathroom run to make.
Seeing there was no restroom in sight, he spots a Barnes and Noble in a fit of urgency and lets loose. And the boys in blue were there to greet him.
OK, this story isn’t completely true. Only the part about being in New York. And the bathroom run. And the Barnes and Noble. And the boys in blue.
The 5-foot-9 Robinson, who has also played for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. after cops said he was seen urinating outside a Barnes & Noble store on Main Street.
He was taken police headquarters, where he was issued a ticket charging him with a public urination violation. Robinson was released on $100 bail and is due in City Court on June 22. The violation normally carries a $50 fine. Police said he gave Seattle address.
I guess being hard on Nate for this might expose some hypocrisy because well, this isn’t an uncommon scenario. If you attended a two to four-year institution, it was unusual not to see this at least twice a week.
Needless to say, this shouldn’t affect his career on the hardwood. If anything, he just burnished his populist appeal.