WASHINGTON — What’s the best way to ingratiate yourself to a D.C. audience?
Talk about the Redskins. Give out Redskins gear. Be a Redskins fan. Get others to be Redskins fans. Talk trash about the Cowboys.
You get the point.
New Wizards head coach Scott Brooks took a step toward making himself a slew of new fans on Tuesday by (jokingly [probably]) suggesting to Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan that he’d pass out Redskins jerseys to all of his new players on the first day of training camp.
The context to this comment, of course, is the outrage that ensued when Wizards star John Wall was seen at the Redskins’ Week 2 contest against the Dallas Cowboys — in Washington — wearing a Cowboys jersey. Compounding the issue, shooting guard Bradley Beal praised the Cowboys, as well.
(For what it’s worth, Wall has previously worn Redskins gear.)
Thus, Brooks found himself facing a rather difficult question Tuesday after praising his star point guard.
“You mentioned John Wall, who’s one of the more popular players in town. Everyone loves him,” host Grant Paulsen said. “If I send him a Jamison Crowder Redskins jersey, do you think he can put it on for me? Have you seen how Redskins fans reacted to him showing up at FedEx [Field] in Cowboys gear?”
“I’ve been in a lot of NBA locker rooms. As a player, I played for over a decade, I’ve coached for over a decade. And the one thing about NBA locker rooms — there’s so much trash-talking going on about who’s football team you support. And all these guys have their hometown teams or their childhood teams. I understand John is Cowboys fan, but the thing I love about John — he’s in the community here. You can go back in his history of being a Wizard, he’s done a lot of community work here, and that’s what it’s about. We love what we do, we have a great platform, but we also have an obligation and a privilege to give back to the community.
“Maybe I should pass out Redskins jerseys on the first day of training camp.”
Congratulations, Scott Brooks, you’ve just earned yourself a legion of new supporters around the D.C. area.