The NBA lockout is going to force some players to do some crazy things. With Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant looking to take their collective talents to Turkey, Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade is looking to take his talents to….chicken?
Just after the lockout began, Wade took to the powers or Twitter to look for work and tweeted: “Any1 hiring?”
KFC general manager John Cywinski saw Wade’s plea for work and quickly wrote a letter to Wade offering the Heat star a job:
“We couldn’t help but notice your recent tweet about looking for a new line of work in light of the lockout. We’re always looking for folks with precisely your qualifications — initiative, teamwork and the ability to make buckets in a hurry.”
KFC is willing to make a $250,000 donation to their scholarship fund should Dwayne Wade spend some time working a shift at the drive-thru.
No word on if Wade will accept KFC’s offer. Wade worked for KFC as a teenager.
In a shocking turn of events, PETA quickly dispatched a letter urging the NBA star to turn down their offer. From the PETA website:
“July 12, 2011
Greetings from PETA. I hope this message finds you well. You can count all of us here among your many fans!
We’re writing today after reading about KFC’s offer to have you serve as an honorary captain at one of its restaurants during the lockout. We’re glad that you kicked KFC’s buckets years ago in favor of a different career, and although we’re sure you’ll not give KFC’s offer a second thought, we thought you would want to know of another good reason to reject any offers that the cruel franchise throws your way. While defenders know that “broken ankles” are a risk with your crossovers on the court, chickens killed for KFC often have their fragile legs broken when they are slammed into metal shackles, among other horrifying abuses.
Chickens destined for KFC’s buckets live their entire lives mired in their own waste and filth, only to be shackled upside down in shackles and have their throats cut while they are still conscious at the slaughterhouse. Several of KFC’s own animal welfare advisors have resigned in frustration, as the chain still refuses to make even basic improvements, including a less cruel slaughter method that would end the worst abuses of chickens killed for the chain. PETA’s Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign isn’t just for vegetarians—it’s for anyone concerned with the cruelty that flourishes for corporate greed, which is why Reverend Al Sharpton hosted this video exposé and endorsed the campaign.
After learning about this abuse, will you take a stand for chickens by urging KFC to require its suppliers to use a less cruel slaughter method? Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Based on the strongly worded letter, PETA has apparently not yet had an opportunity to enjoy one of KFC’s Famous Bowls. I may not be an expert on chicken raising practices, but I do know that $250,000 will go a long way helping kids in need.