The scene takes place in the Madison Square Garden’s basketball courts after scheduled training. Chris Anderson, reserve point guard, a position recently appointed to him after Jason Hart sustained a serious injury, considers jeopardising Chauncey Billups position as point guard and captain of the Denver Nuggets. Chris talks to head cheerleader and girlfriend Ashley Reynolds and discusses ways to jeopardise Chauncey’s position on the team.
(Chris dribbles ball across court to Ashley)
Chris: If only I could get rid of Chauncey without any suspicions or consequences (Thinks)
I could purposely hurt Chauncey in a practise session, but the risk of suspicion would be way too risky. It would be much easier and beneficial to have someone do it for me. (Looks to Ashley in a strange way)
Ashley: No, no way would I put my cheerleading career in jeopardy, and besides, who am I to do such a thing! I’m not a violent person!
Chris: There’s got be some way I can get his position. My basketball coach in college had a prophecy that one day I would be drafted to the NBA. He also stated that I would become a true leader of a NBA team. I’ve been drafted now and all there is left to do takeover Chauncey’s position and captaincy.
(Ashley thinks of ways in which Chris could become captain)
Ashley: I have a perfect idea.
Chris: Out with it then.
Ashley: Well, I am head of the cheerleading team and everyone knows, players loooove cheerleaders.
Chris: What are you trying to get at? Yes we all love cheerleaders.
Ashley: Well, I could jeopardize Chauncey’s position on the team by making false accusations that he sexually assaulted me.
Chris: (Thinks) No, I couldn’t do that to him, Chauncey is a loyal friend and besides, I don’t want to ruin his career. What happens if the plan falls through? There’s a chance it will ruin my NBA career as well. All the NBA endorsement I have received will be lost. I don’t think I’m ready to throw that all away for a starting position on the team.
Ashley: You are wrong! Chauncey isn’t a loyal friend, he is a team-mate and that’s all. Nothing bad will happen to you and your career. You don’t have to be involved, no one will ever know!
Chris: Ashley, we are a couple now, if news spreads that we are together and then gets linked back to the sexual assault a lot of attention will be brought upon me. I don’t know what to do, I’m only a newly recruited player to the Denver Nuggets, I should be appreciative of what has been given to me. Not everybody receives a deal like mine. Chauncey is very deserving of his position on the team and is a very good role model in which I should aspire to. He is so well respected in the NBA. There would be many assumptions as to why he would sexually assault women, let alone a cheerleader from the same team, besides Chauncey has a wife and is a very good friend of yours.
Ashley: What are you talking about Chris? Ever since you were drafted to the NBA you’ve wanted Chauncey’s position! You’ve wanted leadership and you should be granted recognition. What girl doesn’t want her boyfriend to show leadership and dominance? I would love you even more if we were to pull this off.
Chris: No, the Consequences of these circumstances are far too severe. Chauncey has done nothing to me in order for me to jeopardise his position on the team let alone his career in the NBA. If the predications from my college basketball are true, maybe I might get that leadership role as captain of a team, but who’s saying that its going to be captain of the Denver Nuggets, who says that its Chauncey Billups position and role of the team in which I’m going to overthrow. In time, the prophecy will come true. It’s better to hide my ambitions then expose them and run the risk of ruining my NBA career, a friends NBA career or my friendship with Chauncey.
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