January 04, 2006

Who is: William Wesley?

posted by panoptican to basketball at 03:19 AM - 17 comments

Also see the William Wesley category on the True Hoop blog. A fascinating mystery of a shadowy figure or just someone who likes his privacy?

posted by panoptican at 03:21 AM on January 04

Dang, should of searched first... A previous SpoFi thread that links to the first post regarding Wesley written at True Hoop. However, since then, Henry at True Hoop has seven posts regarding Wes and a Wikipedia entry has been created about the man. So there.

posted by panoptican at 04:48 AM on January 04

I love shit like this - Just sounds like a high end hustler; the guy who can get you anything. The concigliari of the NBA.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:47 AM on January 04

Who is William Wesley? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear panoptican tell it, anybody could have worked for Wesley. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

posted by HATER 187 at 08:08 AM on January 04

Kaiser Sosay!

posted by willthrill72 at 08:30 AM on January 04

That is scary and harrassment. What's up with the obsession? I get that he knows lots of people, but so what? Maybe he is being private because he is NOT A PUBLIC FIGURE! Maybe he helps people meet and greet other people in the business. Again, I say, so what? Why is it necessarily something sinister that requires a concerted effort to know every detail of this man's life? Some people think that he may be important, but before you attempt to unravel a man's life, you ought to have more than a hunch that the man MIGHT be a power player in the NBA.

posted by bperk at 08:50 AM on January 04

bperk or WILLIAM WESLEY!!! the plot thickens

posted by gradys_kitchen at 10:19 AM on January 04

That is scary and harrassment. What's up with the obsession? Wesley's a public figure by virtue of his relationships with LeBron James, Larry Brown and other NBA players and bigwigs. ESPN columnist Scoop Jackson, who describes himself as a lifelong friend of Wesley, said that President Clinton once "went out of his way to come over and say hello to Wes.'' Public figures who are notoriously private often attract this kind of speculation. When I was working for a newspaper, I once tried to get the mailing address for Las Vegas muckety muck Kirk Kirkorian so an appreciative Armenian-American could send him a letter of thanks. Kirkorian's so secretive that his employees wouldn't even acknowledge they worked for him, much less give me an address the public can use to write him. The ones I reached on the phone spent the entire call questioning who gave me their number.

posted by rcade at 11:04 AM on January 04

Great find ... although I'm more interested in the "Roadhouse" character.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:04 PM on January 04

All I know is I saw Wes on the side of the road the other day bumming a ride from a German transvesite. This Wes Dude's got some connections.

posted by garnet&blackattack at 03:35 PM on January 04

I'm pretty sure the Sporting News did an article on this guy. Got to find that issue somewhere.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:40 PM on January 04

viral marketing? when's the movie out?

posted by drjimmy11 at 05:31 PM on January 04

Anyone interested in this should keep following TrueHoop. There're updates and new information coming in at an amazing rate.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:57 AM on January 05

This is just amazing stuff. Man ... my blog sucks.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:45 PM on January 05

One of the TrueHoop comments: "He's in the Pacers-Pistons fight videos, which are available lots of places online. He's said to be the guy who stops the police from pepper-spraying Ron Artest, and then helps Jermaine O'Neal off the floor." This guy cracks me up.

posted by rcade at 02:18 PM on January 05

Great find ... although I'm more interested in the "Roadhouse" character. When I heard that name, I also thought of Brad Wesley. "Roadhouse" is great. "I thought you'd be...bigger."

posted by dyams at 05:33 PM on January 05

He's said to be the guy who stops the police from pepper-spraying Ron Artest He is now one of my most disliked people in the whole entire world.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:26 PM on January 05

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