LA Times: Column: Former NBA player Rex Chapman rebounds to social media star after opioid battle
If you’re feeling down or just need a fun way to pass the time, log on to Twitter and type these words: That ain’t no dadgum cat. That’s a skunk.
There you will find video of four well-meaning gentlemen attempting to rescue an animal they believe is Penelope Pussycat only to discover it’s actually her nemesis, Pepe Le Pew. What happens next may be predictable but it is still hilarious.
Now chances are the clip you watch is courtesy of @RexChapman, the onetime Kentucky Wildcat and former NBA shooting star, and that’s a good thing. Over the course of a year, Chapman has turned his Twitter feed into a collage of beautiful moments and uncontrollable giggles, so if you like “That’s a skunk” check out his “Block or Charge” series or “Dogs, Bruh.” Clip by clip Chapman has slowly morphed himself from being a retired athlete to humanity’s humanity on social media, garnering the attention of nearly half a million followers, including Captain America and Luke Skywalker (Chris Evans and Mark Hamill, respectively, for the uninitiated). He said he was also shocked to see Ice-T and Chuck D appreciated his tweets as well.
“I saw a video one day of a school of dolphins and a guy on paddle board getting hit by one and said to myself, ‘That’s a ... charge’ and posted it,” he said. “Other people saw it and laughed and that’s kind of how this whole thing started.