Renardo Sidney's the one with the bad reputation, not teammate Elgin Bailey.
So that's why I'm going to verbally do to Sidney what he did to Bailey last night in the stands of the Diamond Head Classic.
First, the video, which is jaw-dropping.
ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME.
This happened just before Utah and Hawaii were about the play their game, at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Sidney's a child. And that's an unintended compliment to him while at the same time an insult to 98 percent of children everywhere. Need I remind you: Sidney was just suspended for one game over an undisclosed incident in practice. We now have a fairly good idea what shaked down when cameras weren't around.
ESPN's Doug Gottlieb was mere feet away from the debacle. He told ESPN.com news services Bailey was promptly sent back to the team hotel; nobody was arrested, either. (No need for an arrest here, in my opinion.) I'm not going to recap what Sidney produced, statistically, for the Bulldogs in his two-game career, because it's perfectly irrelevant now.
Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger has been all over this story since it went down eight hours ago. He got responses from those involved with the school.
UPDATE (1:17 a.m.) : MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin commented on the incident to The Clarion-Ledger via text message early Friday morning:
“It’s disappointing. Still gathering information, but it’s not how we want our school represented.”
UPDATE (1:25 a.m.) : MSU spokesman Gregg Ellis said coach Rick Stansbury was not expected to release a comment on the altercation tonight.
Don't care that it's Christmas Eve. Stansbury needs to boot Sidney's butt off the team today. Merry Christmas, here's your coal, etc. He's gotta be gone. Who outside of Sidney's direct family would object to it? This is a disgrace. Have you ever seen video like this? Yes, once. Ron Artest and his merry band of fist flingers. Artest was suspended from the NBA for the rest of the 2004-05 season.
You know what normally happens during these tournaments, when other teams' players are "scouting"? They dial through the iPod, text some friends and replay the same jokes with each other over and over.
Renardo Sidney? He gets into fights. With teammates.
Other teammates are taking to Twitter to apologize on his behalf.
Does all the blame belong to Sidney? No, not yet. We aren't sure the details of what Bailey said or did. However, Bailey is a junior team captain and has no history of altercation. But you get what you earn in life, and Sidney's earned nothing but a reputation of being a classic case of five-star talent and a five-star head case. In that regard, he truly is special. And it's why everyone is rightfully killing him in the wake of this grease fire.