Hassan Whiteside is pretty much a superhero.
On Monday, Chad Johnson—formerly Chad Ochocinco—challenged the Miami Heat big man/free-agent-to-be to a game of one-on-one, with some pretty interesting, if wholly random, stakes:
If Whiteside for some reason disliked Johnson’s Twitter content, this would have been a good—nay, great—way for him to shutdown the former NFL All-Pro receiver.
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Apparently, though, Whiteside is a fan of Ochocinco’s Twitter dumps, so he respectfully declined—for the people, of course:
It’s safe to say Ochocinco dodged a bullet here. He might be the more versatile ball-handler at 6’1″, but Whiteside is, you know, an actual NBA player—a seven-foot monster who has nearly 12 inches and 75 pounds on his would-be challenger. Provided he didn’t commit a ton of unforced errors, he would be able to dunk all over his 38-year-old opponent. Even his unpolished post-up game would look like flames given the size differential.
Basically, all 3.6 million of Ochocinco’s Twitter followers—less anyone who follows him out of spite or occupational obligation—owe Whiteside some social media dap.
He just saved ol’ Chad from Twitter extinction.
In fact, Chad should probably thank him, too.
If not for Whiteside, he’d be forced to get back on the Myspace grind.