Adam Morrison came to D.C. this week at the request of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, speaking to a Children's Congress on Monday and then going before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today to request an increase in federal funding for diabetes research. His co-panelists included Mary Tyler Moore. The senators he addressed included Joseph Lieberman, Jon Tester, Daniel Akaka and Susan Collins. He's now officially part of The System.
No, just kidding. But I figured the Congressional appearance of a public figure who has famously and publicly praised revolutionaries such as Che might make for a strange few minutes, and I later asked Morrison (via phone) about the experience. Wisely, but sadly for blogging purposes, he was decidedly apolitical about the whole event.
"It's for a good cause, and it was fun to kind of see how the system works at a low end, I guess you could say," he said. "It wasn't politically based. It was for research, not politically based at all."
At which point I asked him whether he'd consider entering politics one day, and he demurred.
"Probably not," he said. "I don't think there could be real change, I guess. It's too corporate."
Which was the extent of his political comments, sort of ruining my plan. So as he rode off to the airport, we instead discussed the following topics.
On whether he'll start a blog: "I was approached by ESPN. I didn't want to do it. I value my privacy. There's already enough stuff out there about me. I don't think everybody needs to know what I'm doing. I'm not a big MySpace [person], all that stuff. I just don't see the point of reading about other people's personal lives at all times."
On Gilbert's blog: "I've heard about it. I never actually read it. Like I said, it's nothing against him, I just have other interests than to read about what somebody did that day."
On their shared love for Halo: "I talked to [Gilbert] a little bit about maybe sponsoring a team myself; he gave me contact information. I'm trying to put together a Halo 2 tournament back home."
On the ratings for the NBA finals: "I've been asked that before. It's bad PR for an NBA player to rate the finals. If you don't mind, I'm not going to answer that question. Both teams played well. I thought the games I saw were fine. Who knows?"
On the No. 1 pick in the draft: "Either way you're probably going to get an all star down the road, if not sooner. I say this to everybody: it's literally a coin flip. It kind of depends on what you want and what you need. I don't know what Portland needs or wants. I don't think you can really go wrong. I don't want to jinx anybody, but they're both great players."
On whether his mustache is actually "a cultural phenomenon," as his Wikipedia page maintains: "Maybe. I'm not sure. I don't know why there's such a big buzz for it. it's kind of something that's happened, I guess."