Having Hepatitis Can Really Hurt Your Draft Stock

June 28, 2010

There are a lot of character flaws that NBA general managers are willing to put up with in order to win basketball games (*cough* Kobe *cough*). Having Hepatitis B, however, is apparently not one of them.

Florida State Seminoles star center Solomon Alabi was considered a top 20 talent heading into last week’s NBA draft. That is, of course, until news broke out that the Nigerian-born center was sporting a disease that does not feature an annual telethon or A-List celebrity spokesmen.

According to TampaBay.com, which claims that Alabi's agent confirmed the story:

An initial report in the Tallahassee Democrat said his freefall was linked to a letter sent to every NBA club shortly before the draft that raised a red flag. The Democrat reported Alabi had a "medical condition.”

First off, whoever sent this letter is a dick. It was reportedly unreleased medical information.

Secondly, banishing him to Canada (in order to play for the Raptors) seems like a disproportionately mean punishment for contracting an easily manageable disease. Aren’t there criminals or cast member from the Real Housewives of New York we can send up there instead?

Luckily, most medical professionals claim that leading a healthy, normal life with Hepatitis B is relatively easy. If all goes to plan, Alabi should be able to whine about playing in Canada and routinely demand trades like every other non-infected NBA player to ever play for the franchise.

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