Cleveland Woman Promises to Name Child "Dirk" After Heat Loss (Updated)


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Update: So, the lady who made national news, including an appearance in the New York Daily News, for her Twitter promise to name her then unborn child after Dirk Nowitzki if the Mavs beat the Heat? Well, shockingly, she didn't. Ohio Media Watch reports that Cherise Navidad instead asked listeners of Q104 to suggest and vote on possible names. The winner: Ethan Michael. It's a sad day for modern society when the sacred bond of a Twitter promise is broken.


From billboards to governmental proclamations to hokey "Go Mavaliers" slogans and gear, Cleveland and the state of Ohio have been extremely vocal in expressing pleasure with poor, poor LeBron James' demise in the NBA Finals. All that seems completely normal and sane compared to the latest manifestation of anti-LeBron sentiment.

Q 104's Cherise Navidad, who is with child, tweeted out during game six of the Finals that she'd name her kid after Dirk Nowitzki if the Mavs won. They did, and so she shall. (Now feels like the appropriate time to link to The Onion's piece: "Cleveland Pathetically Celebrates Greatest Sports Moment In City’s History," here.)

The New York Daily News reports:

"When you want someone to beat LeBron so badly, you will do anything," she said.

Soon the promise spread among her thousands of followers and to Dallas followers - some of whom thought she was nuts and some who appreciated the gesture.

Minutes later, the Mavericks staged a huge comeback, Nowitzki had the MVP trophy in his hands and the radio host's unborn child had a name.

A week later, she told the Daily News that although her husband gets to name this baby - she named their first - she will follow through with the promise to name her child Dirk, even if it's just his middle name.

She said the best part of it all will be explaining to her son why he's named after a Dallas Mavericks star.

"[I'll tell him] exactly that this is how silly your mom is," she joked. "This is what we did, and Twitter is a binding contract."

We guess that's slightly less embarrassing than telling him he was named after Dirk Diggler.

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