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In a "Trumpsidedown" world, Thunder star Westbrook embodies "decency, grace"
The OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook continues to inspire.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- As the sordid story of the alleged Russian-Trump connections are revealed and the president’s spokespeople and apologists are reduced to making often inane responses to the ongoing revelations, and GOP lawmakers begin to distance themselves from President Donald Trump, it will be interesting to see how those who joined the administration will explain their doing so in the years to come.

It is probable that some officeholders will tell of how that they always had misgivings about the New York City tycoon, but that they joined his government out of a sense of public service and minimize references to him in the tales they tell of their days in our nation’s capital city.

Political operatives who are currently serving him may see fit to expunge any references on their resumes to their days in the White House as part of his regime. And Trump may in time be seen as a product of what may be described as the “celebrity-industrial complex” currently in place in the U.S. that has propelled him and others of his ilk into star status and made Americans accustomed to the crude rhetoric that has now sullied our public discourse.

Trump’s boorish tweets and statements in which he belittles others and describes them as “losers” or worse may possibly be in use long after his political career is concluded.

Things have gotten a bit "upside down" in Trump's America. But not everyone has been tainted. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

But one can look to other forums in American life and still find public rhetoric that embodies both decency and grace.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook was awarded the 2017 Most Valuable Player award by the National Basketball Association on June 26th of this year as a result of votes cast by sports writers.

Adam Silver, the Commissioner of the NBA made the award, and told of how Westbrook inspired many people by his dedication to the game and to his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates.

The player was humble and appreciative of those who had supported him over the years, which he said included “many people in Oklahoma” as he accepted the honor, and then called many of his Thunder teammates to the stage and said that they should share the award for what they have done for him.

He further expressed gratitude to both the media and to the fans, particularly to the fans in Oklahoma City.

He concluded his remarks with a tribute to his family, including his parents and his brother, and he was overcome with emotion for a time when he told of the sacrifices they made for him. The athlete had tears in his eyes when he spoke of his wife who he met at UCLA and recently blessed him with his “beautiful son.”

And Westbrook’s sincerity and decency may result in young people who are seeking role models to turn to him and other athletes for that purpose.

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