The debate over Masai Ujiri’s integrity following the trade DeMar DeRozan rages on. While his public apology to DeMar was an honest example more traditional GMs would never consider doing, we are in an age where the focus on worker’s rights is at an all-time high. So naturally the public sided with DeMar DeRozan in his gripe with his former employer. Now a San Antonio Spurs, DeMar took a moment to thank the individuals that aren’t negatively implicated in this messy divorce: Raptors’ fans and the city Toronto.
DeMar’s thank you message was posted on Instagram next to photo him signing his throwback number ten jersey for a wishful fan. DeRozan has been fiercely proud his decision to resign in Toronto, in the face great temptation. In his message, DeMar thanked the city Toronto for helping shaping his identity. As he mentions himself, DeMar joined the Raptors organization as a fresh-faced 19-year-old kid from Compton. A lot has transpired in the nine years since. Raptors certainly hope DeMar doesn’t become “the one that got away.” In every sense the word, DeMar exemplifies what it means to be a good guy in the world sports.