BY PETER HAILEY
Reports will tell you that the green team beat the blue team in Richard Sherman's third annual charity softball game on Sunday at Safeco Field, but those reports are wrong. Why?
Because the Washington Wizards were the real winners of the game.
At first glance, that seems like a totally preposterous statement. How did Washington's NBA team come out on top in a random softball game that took place over 2,500 miles away? Once you examine the facts, however, the picture becomes much clearer.
Among the many celebrities who took place in the showdown was Kevin Durant. Jeron Johnson, a new Redskins safety who played with Sherman in Seattle from 2011-2014, was also in attendance. And after the game, Johnson posted the following photo on his Instagram:
A photo posted by Jeron Johnson (@jus_showoff) on Jul 20, 2015 at 9:28am PDT
On the left of the picture is Johnson, and standing right next to him is Durant. Johnson's caption leads us to believe that the two of them are talking trash with Sherman and new Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell.
But this is just one snapshot from the day's events; Johnson has certainly been in town long enough to understand the "KD2DC" movement, so one has to think he spent at least a bit of his time at the Mariners' home telling Durant just how much he likes D.C. And there's a good chance that discussion triggered some positive memories for the Thunder star about where he grew up.
Even if Johnson hanging out with Durant only increased Durant's chances of coming home by .001%, that's a point for the Wizards.
Johnson wasn't the only person to hang out with Durant, however. Browns lockdown cornerback Joe Haden was also a player in the game, and he too put out a photo of him with the man every Wizards fan is keeping an eye on:
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) July 19, 2015
Haden is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland, and his #dmvStandUp hashtag of course refers to the bond that him and Durant have from both growing up in the same area. Who knows how much the two talked about how great D.C. is? Probably quite a bit.
So not only was a Redskins player hanging out with Durant (a lifelong fan of the team), but so was a fellow athlete with the same background as Durant. That's two points for the Wiz.
Finally, former Wizard Nick Young made an appearance at Sherman's event. While there's no photographic proof that Young and Durant spent time with each other, once you consider how much Swaggy P likes to talk, you have to think that the two at least had a quick conversation with one another. Perhaps the joys of playing with John Wall came up during their chat? It's not totally out of the question. Three points for Washington.
Let's recap: Kevin Durant took pictures with a Redskins safety and a DMV native, and probably at least spoke to a former Wizard. That means he hung out with three athletes who all have some sort of connection to Washington's NBA team (Johnson plays in the same city as the Wiz, Haden grew up in the same area as the Wiz, and Young once played for the Wiz). It doesn't take a detective to conclude that the Wizards benefitted immensely from Sherman's softball game.
Also, did anyone see Russell Westbrook at the game? Exactly. It was a strong weekend for the "KD2DC" hype train.