Anthony Mason dead at 48 - heart failure

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Fiery competitor, had his hair cut correct. RIP MASE.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4-F6QFcNxQ
 
Edit: In light of recent evidence: SCREW MASE
 

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Loved those 90's Knicks teams, Mason included. He was built in that Charles Oakley mold, but could put the ball on the floor, too. A fierce competitor, indeed. RIP.
 

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Every time I hear of an athlete dying at a young age, I can't help of thinking that this is a byproduct of doping during his playing days.

I do remember Mason. I was always amazed at his rebounding prowess given the his small frame. In a way he also epitomizes the archetypical 90s PF. Strong, rebounder, posting up.

RIP.
 

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Was never a fan of Mase in his playing days. That said this is awful news and far far too young.
 
I keep seeing all these glowing tributes yet they're conveniently leaving out that he was a scumbag.  He was arrested on statutory rape charges for fucking a 14 year old girl when he was 32.  His lawyer was able to plead it down to a couple counts of child endangerment so he didn't do any time.  Am I missing something?  Otherwise, fuck this guy.  
 

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BannedbyNYYFans.com said:
I keep seeing all these glowing tributes yet they're conveniently leaving out that he was a scumbag.  He was arrested on statutory rape charges for fucking a 14 year old girl when he was 32.  His lawyer was able to plead it down to a couple counts of child endangerment so he didn't do any time.  Am I missing something?  Otherwise, fuck this guy.  
Steroids? Certainly. 80's party scene? Don't know about coke but he was a nightclub guy.. Ballooning up to 350? Yes

It's the prototypical professional wrestler lifestyle that dooms them early.
 

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BannedbyNYYFans.com said:
I keep seeing all these glowing tributes yet they're conveniently leaving out that he was a scumbag.  He was arrested on statutory rape charges for fucking a 14 year old girl when he was 32.  His lawyer was able to plead it down to a couple counts of child endangerment so he didn't do any time.  Am I missing something?  Otherwise, fuck this guy.  
I read a story earlier that had "consensual" before the "sex" in the "charged with having sex with two underage girls" part. Fortunately, it was edited out in a later version of the story.
 
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Wait .. there was a time in his career when he didn't play that role?
Yeah, on the Knicks and Hornets, wasn't an enforce but defended opposing teams best player.
 
Name someone else who defended both Jordan and Olajuwon in the playoffs
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L2_Yp09-As
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK08kxJDFwY
 

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BannedbyNYYFans.com said:
I keep seeing all these glowing tributes yet they're conveniently leaving out that he was a scumbag.  He was arrested on statutory rape charges for fucking a 14 year old girl when he was 32.  His lawyer was able to plead it down to a couple counts of child endangerment so he didn't do any time.  Am I missing something?  Otherwise, fuck this guy.  
 
First I've heard of this .. I was 16 when this happened and not yet addicted to the internet. Fucked up.
 

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HomeRunBaker said:
Steroids? Certainly. 80's party scene? Don't know about coke but he was a nightclub guy.. Ballooning up to 350? Yes

It's the prototypical professional wrestler lifestyle that dooms them early.
WTF?

Steroids, partying, coke, nightclubs, and putting on weight are personal choices--dumb, but your own call. But raping a 14 year old--which is the accusation you were responding to--doesn't deserve to be dismissed as just a fun dumb lifestyle choice.
 

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WTF?

Steroids, partying, coke, nightclubs, and putting on weight are personal choices--dumb, but your own call. But raping a 14 year old--which is the accusation you were responding to--doesn't deserve to be dismissed as just a fun dumb lifestyle choice.
I wasn't dismissing.....I was adding to his list of poor choices in life which contributed to his death. Having sex with a 14-year old, while morally and legally wrong, didn't lead to his death.
 

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BannedbyNYYFans.com said:
I keep seeing all these glowing tributes yet they're conveniently leaving out that he was a scumbag.  He was arrested on statutory rape charges for fucking a 14 year old girl when he was 32.  His lawyer was able to plead it down to a couple counts of child endangerment so he didn't do any time.  Am I missing something?  Otherwise, fuck this guy.  
Wow, one post and my impression of Mason turns 180 degrees.  Screw him and any commentator that can't even acknowledge that his legacy is at least complicated (and admittedly that's setting a very very low bar).