WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – Carl Gibbs has had enough. His frustration at constantly being mistaken for a member of the Utah Jazz is boiling over. Gibbs, who is African-American, finds it difficult to go out in public without being asked for his autograph or to be in a picture. “It’s as if any black man living in Utah must be a professional athlete,” Gibbs lamented last night.
Friends and family have often witnessed the misguided recognition first hand. Kristen Gibbs-Williams, Carl’s sister, doesn’t understand how the confusion can happen so often, “He works in IT, has two children by the same woman, and is 5 foot 8 inches tall. Look at this man. He ain’t dunking on nobody.”
Even his neighbor, Mark Rannells, was surprised to hear that Gibbs is not a professional athlete. “I thought it was odd he drove a Nissan Altima but I thought he could have been a rookie or one of the guys at the end of the bench.”
Gibbs is not losing perspective, however. He knows his unique situation is simply a product of his environment, “You’d think the fans of a team that had John Stockton on it would know NBA players come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Apparently not.”