The Germans are such a scornful people that they had to create a word that means deriving pleasure from another’s misfortune: Schadenfreude.
I have very little German in my blood, but I fully embrace the concept of schadenfreude. Today I find myself full of it, basking in the glow of the news that Isiah Thomas has been fired by Florida International University.
Thomas was obviously a tremendous basketball player in his day, and even though I never liked his Piston teams I had a good deal of respect for his game. But his post-playing career has been nothing short of disastrous. The worst moment easily being when he tried to use his own daughter to cover up his own overdose.
Now I can let quite a bit slide when it comes to the life of public figures because they deal with stress of constantly being in the public eye that I can’t even begin to relate to. But I draw the line at selling out your own daughter in an attempt to save face. I guess I’m old fashioned like that.
So today I gladly proclaim that I have an extra little hop in my step from the news that Isiah Thomas is no longer gainfully employed. The fact that he was stunned by the news in spite of his 26-65 record in three years at the school makes it all the better.
Good riddance Isiah, and may no one ever hire you again.