Shabazz Muhammad is proving a good canary in the coal mine for figuring out if we've dispensed with the superstar-athlete-doesn't-care-about-team-play concern trolling as we've grown more sophisticated about the complexity of the NCAA and the intellectual laziness of humping tired sports cliches. We haven't, it turns out. The coal mine is still lethal.
From trumped up improper benefits scandals to a backpack so nice Pat Forde nearly called the cops, Muhammad, by his mere existence, has ruffled the easiest to ruffle feathers in the business. Now some sportswriters are literally demanding that Muhammad dive on a dog pile—prostrate himself out of sheer happiness—to prove he's not a Glory Boy. On Thursday night, Larry Drew II hit a game-winner to beat the University of Washington. Many of Drew's teammates dog-piled onto Drew, perhaps out of fear that they would be called frauds or have their very humanity questioned if they didn't. Muhammad, a college freshman, wasn't one of the players hugging Drew immediately after the shot, in view of the cameras. He explained that, and the fact that he was clapping for the ball on the final possession, to reporters after the game: