A Seattle Barbershop Has Banned Customers Who Root For The Oklahoma City Thunder
Do you live in Seattle? Are you looking to start off the week right with a fresh haircut? Do you also happen to be cheering for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals? Then, do yourself a favor and do not go for a ‘cut at The Roosevelt Barber Shop. Or, if you do, don’t mention that you’re rooting for Kevin Durant and the Thunder or you will be promptly asked to leave.
This isn’t a joke. Some businesses in Seattle are actually going to great lengths to prove just how pissed off they are that the Seattle Supersonics no longer exist. In fact, they’re not allowing customers—paying customers—to come into their shops if they want to talk hoops, specifically if they’re Thunder fans or even if they’re just pulling for the Thunder to win. And, The Roosevelt Barber Shop happens to be one of those businesses.
“We were here talking about some poll that we heard on ESPN about the Thunder,” one of the shop’s barbers said recently. “One of [the other barber's] clients over there was waiting for a haircut and he jumped in and said, ‘I’m a Thunder fan. What’s wrong with Kevin Durant winning a ring?’ The only thing I could think of is, ‘There is the door. Leave.’”
On the one hand, what some of these Seattle businesses are doing is completely asinine. The Thunder players aren’t to blame for the team picking up and moving to Oklahoma City a few years ago. But, on the other hand, isn’t it great to hear how passionate Sonics fans still are about their former squad? Half of the teams in the NBA—actually, probably more than half of the teams in the NBA—can’t say the same for their fan bases and those fan bases have a team to cheer for! It’s one of the beautiful things about sports—being so into your team that you make dumb decisions and say and do dumb things to defend your favorite team.
Is it ridiculous? Yes. Does it make any sense? No. But, is it part of being a great sports city? You betcha. Let’s just hope Seattle gets another NBA franchise one day. Because, from the sound of things, it’s clear that they deserve it.