Darius “I’m not Hooty” Rucker sings National Anthem at GM5 & wasn’t as good as “that Mexican kid”

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| June 17th, 2013 | 1,173 Views

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After all the racist fun, ignorant and immature Twitter users had making fun of 11 year old Mexican-American Sebastian de la Cruz singing the National Anthem for Games 3 and 4 in San Antonio, the Miami Heat brought back country singing African-American Darius “I’m not Hooty” Rucker to sing the anthem before game 5 instead of the Heat good luck charm 12 year old Julia Dale.

Although a few jokes were made on social networks about a “black guy that’s not a black guy” singing the anthem, most of the criticism was about his actual performance.  I wouldn’t call it “bad” because we have Carl Lewis’ performance for that.

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He also didn’t need the assistance of Mo Cheeks to help him remember the lyrics.

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But I don’t see how anybody could say it was a great performance or even as good as “that Mexican kid singing Amercia’s song



Bonus Video: My favorite Hootie and the Blowfish vid with Alonzo Mourning, Charles Smith, Mugsy Bogues and one of my favorite players of all-time Walt “The Wizard” Williams.

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