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So much for that Cleveland Cavs announcer gig for the other Ted Williams

May 8, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT


You know, I’m almost starting to think that finding your 15 minutes of fame as a homeless man isn’t exactly a recipe for career success.

Ted Williams, the baritone bum who shot to fame earlier this year based off a viral YouTube video and captured our hearts, imaginations, and various job offers from across the nation, has apparently discovered that sometimes an offer is just that, and nothing more. Especially when you have a long history with drugs and shoot yourself in the foot around minute six of that fame. Since when do viral video stories come with anything less than a storybook ending?

The NEWS-HERALD reports the bum turned star isn’t working for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They famously offered him a deal after his YouTube video went viral, without realizing the long resume of drug abuse and criminal activity he’s provided society over the years as a derelict.

Ah, yes, the “long resume of drug abuse and criminal activity he’s provided society over the years as a derelict.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase used in a job interview.

If nothing else, this should teach the Cavs a little lesson in human resources — viral video star or not, sometimes it’s best to, you know, know anything at all about the person you’re offering a position to before you dive head-first in to a feeding frenzy for just a bit of ever-fleeting publicity. Live and learn.

Best of luck to Mr. Williams in his future searches for both sobriety and employment, and best of luck to the Cleveland Cavaliers in finding anyone else who actually wants to work for them.


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  1. togwoo - May 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Wow what exactly kind of history did they think the guy would have? Seriously.

  2. kindasporty - May 9, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    I’m sure the Cav’s knew exactly what they were doing. They got a bunch of good press when they hired him and now that everyone’s forgot about him they are under no obligation to keep paying him. If it would have worked out then they could have sold it as a feel good story, but I’m pretty sure they knew that it probably wouldn’t and they still came out ahead in the deal because of the initial positive press.

  3. therookie773 - May 10, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    I remember reading that he had plenty of job offers around the country, I’m sure he will find a less spectacular job such as radio station comapred to NBA announcer.

  4. nathanchojnacki - May 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    @kindasporty is half right, but this dude was in rehab before he even got to Cleveland.