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·  What are points for and how do I get them?
·  Somebody called me a coullion. What is a coullion and should I be offended?
·  I know what coullion means, I speak French or somebody I know told me, or both. It means something nasty, so why don't you just say what you mean and quit playing around little kids who just learned a dirty word?
·  Why are people on the forum always telling me that I have been warned, and what exactly are they warning me about?
·  So what were they warning us about? I heard from my cousin, whose wife's brother works for a bank based in Charlotte that George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge were bad people.
·  Why do members of the forum call David Aldridge, 3-cents
·  What does poisoning the market mean? Did George Shinn put anthrax in the Charlotte water supply? Will he do it here?
·  Who is Shinnridge? I thought George Shinn owned the Hornets.

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·  Somebody called me a coullion. What is a coullion and should I be offended?

We can't tell you. If we did, we would have to kill you, and, since we probably don't know where you live, it would take up to much of the valuable time we spend on this website to look for you. As far as whether you should be offended, I guess you are going to have to judge that based on who called you that, when, and why.

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·  I know what coullion means, I speak French or somebody I know told me, or both. It means something nasty, so why don't you just say what you mean and quit playing around little kids who just learned a dirty word?

You know what you think it means, maybe, but all meaning is contextual. Furthermore, language changes all the time, is subject to dialect variation, and is inherently imprecise. Just because you have a dirty mind, doesn't mean you should try to foist it off on the rest of us, so keep your prurient thoughts to yourself. Besides, how do you know the people who told what it means weren't lying? Maybe they don't exist at all. For all you know, you could be a brain in a tank somewhere, so don't try to come off so high and mighty with your claims to "Truth."

If you are still interested in trying to find answers, here is a thread where this issue has been discussed previously. Beware of delving too deeply, however. You have been warned.

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·  Why are people on the forum always telling me that I have been warned, and what exactly are they warning me about?

Well, you probably should be able to tell this from the post where the poster put you on alert. Chances are, he or she was spoofing the trend among early Charlotte visitors to the Hornet's Nest forum to drop an ominous sounding "you have been warned" or words to that effect at the end of posts. Posts with this 1950's paranoia film tag-line usually were filled with dire predictions about the future behavior of the Hornets ownership and consequent anguish we would feel. One thing is true: we have been warned.

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·  So what were they warning us about? I heard from my cousin, whose wife's brother works for a bank based in Charlotte that George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge were bad people.

It certainly isn't within the scope of this FAQ to judge the morals of the Hornets' ownership. We are far to busy judging each others morals to do that. That being said, we'll try to lay out a few of the facts as best we know them as straightforward as we can.

George Shinn was the original majority owner of the expansion Hornets. When the team came to town in Charlotte, they gave him a parade. He was the best thing to hit North Carolina since cheese grits. A self-made millionaire and avowed church-goer, the people of Charlotte seemed to view him as a kind of idealized version of the New Southern Man. Crowds flocked to the Charlotte Coliseum for eight seasons to see the team, Pat Robertson was seen sitting next to Shinn at the games, and all was right with the world.

Then came a series of personnel "mistakes." Larry Johnson was offered what even Shinn now concedes as an over-generous contract. Following this episode, other, arguably more popular players, went unsigned and left. And, yes, the Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant who was traded to the Lakers, but only as part of a deal in which it was understood that L.A. would be Kobe's final destination.

This history, which is recounted in endless detail in numerous threads on the site, caused some bitterness among Charlotte fans. The fact that even most Charlotte detractors would acknowledge that the Hornets got the best of virtually every personnel move that has been labeled a mistake failed to assuage their grief at the loss of Alonzo Mourning, Mugsey Bogues, etc. Generally speaking the Hornets have won, especially recently, as even a cursory examination of the team's record will prove. Unfortunately, this has done little to dispel the notion that Charlotte ownership was inept.

While this was going on, rumors abounded in Charlotte of off the court misbehavior by George Shinn. We won't recount or perpetuate rumors here, but we will relate some facts. Shinn was accused of sexual harassment and worse by more than one female Hornets' employee. The police did not feel that these accusations were sufficient to charge him. However, one woman did sue George Shinn. The lawsuit which went to trial, the proceedings of which were covered on CourtTV. The jury found Shinn to be not liable, although, as part of his defense, he admitted to extra-marital affairs. Shinn is now divorced, apparently amicably, from his wife at the time all this was going on and is engaged to be married. Many people in Charlotte found this all embarrassing. Charlotte has a high percentage of good honest Christian folk who found this business shameful. A great many people consider him a hypocrite. They don't like him and wouldn't pay a dime to see the Hornets play if a penny of it went into George Shinn's pocket. Now actively disliked by the business aristocracy of Charlotte, Shinn moved to Florida. At one point, he was quoted as telling Charlotte to "kiss his grits."

Adding to the displeasure of Charlotte fans, came the Michael Jordan incident. In the recent past, George Shinn bought out his partners in the Hornets. At that time, Michael Jordan offered to buy into the Hornets, provided he was given control of the basketball end of the team. Shinn refused, stating he wished to remain in charge of his own team. Jordan played at UNC and is probably more popular in North Carolina than anywhere else, and that is saying a lot. Needless to say many fans went ballistic seeing Shinn's refusal as arrogance and stupidity of a high order, especially in light of their low estimation of his personnel skills.

Instead of Jordan, George Shinn brought in Ray Wooldridge, to whom he sold 35% of the team. Ray Wooldridge was born in the Memphis area where he made his mark. He is a retired millionaire whose main base of operations is in Atlanta, the headquarters of "Space Master," the portable building company he founded. Wooldridge began immediately to take the lead in the effort to get the Hornets a new arena to replace the Coliseum. Going into the process here would too lengthy. If you care, we have appended threads which chronicle the affair. To make a long story short, Wooldridge played hard ball in negotiations, simultaneously searching for a relocation city while working with the city of Charlotte. Wooldridge, saddled at the start with not being His Airness, certainly won few friends in the Queen City (as Charlotte so names itself).

So that's basically it. This is what we have been warned about. Charlotte sportswriters and columnists went on about this stuff almost daily during relocation. They apparently couldn't get enough. We don't see what we could do to heed these warnings, which were no doubt intended by the owner to poison the market against the ownership.

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·  Why do members of the forum call David Aldridge, 3-cents

You need to listen to the audio clip of David Aldridge during a break on the Tony Kornheiser radio show to fully understand why this nickname came about. To read the short story and listen to the audio click here.

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·  What does poisoning the market mean? Did George Shinn put anthrax in the Charlotte water supply? Will he do it here?

If somebody uses this term on the forums, they are probably referring to a commonly held belief of many Charlotteans to the effect that "Shinndridge" deliberately attempted to drive down attendance in Charlotte, apparently to force relocation. We aren't defending it, we are just reporting what we observe.

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·  Who is Shinnridge? I thought George Shinn owned the Hornets.

This is the popular term used to demonize George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge during relocation in Charlotte, created by merging both men's names. As we recall, more than one Charlotte poster and professional writer in an otherwise respectable publication described Shinnridge as a "two- headed monster." We are getting sick of this, and so have decided not to give you any more linked threads on this topic. It's boring, but you did ask. If you want more, find them yourself. As it is, you already owe us one for bringing it all up again like last night's Lucky Dog.

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