Sunday, April 26, 2009
If you thought Madinah Slaise's picture was small....
While there are no overseas games going on (the last Dream left playing overseas is Erika de Souza), and with me a bit under the weather, I've been trying to add to my database of ABL statistics and I came across a strange name: "Etta Maytubby".
Like many ABL players, I don't have a date of birth on Etta Maytubby, but I've find out a few things about her. She was a forward out of the University of Oklahoma in 1996, where she was one of the few women to break the 1,000 point club at Oklahoma.
My understanding is that she didn't play long. She was a member of the 1996-97 Richmond Rage team that had Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She shot 40 percent from the field - not good numbers for a forward. Maytubby only hit 8 out of 13 freethrows and didn't have a lot of offensive rebounds. I believe that the 1996-97 season was her last in the ABL.
Maytubby then became a patrol officer with the Moore, Oklahoma police department for eighteen months. She was then quoted on an anti-polygraph website sometime in 2001. (The news article the site quoted is broken.) She attempted to apply for the Edmund, Oklahoma police department in 2001 but failed a polygraph test on past drug use. Maytubby stated that she had never failed a drug test in college and offered to provide hair follicles or provide further testing, but Police Chief Dennis Cochran (this was 2001, so he might not be there any more) stated that they weren't interested in hiring her after the failed test. This led to Maytubby suing the department, claiming that the polygraph test was being used to unfairly screen out black, female applicants.
At that time, she was 28 years old. She returned to basketball, playing for the North Harbor Breeze in New Zealand in 2002 and for Peli-Karhut of the Finnish League for the remainder of the 2002-03 season.
For a long time, Maytubby was Oklahoma's leading 3-point shooter, until Erin Higgins hit her 175th 3-point shot as a Sooner in January of 2006. After that, Etta Maytubby disappears off the map.
Wherever you are Etta, I hope that life is treating you well.
UPDATE, October 21 2009: As you might read in the comments, the post above caused no small bit of distress to Ms. Maytubby's friends and immediate family.
Pleasant Dreams apologizes for any implication that Ms. Maytubby ever used drugs or was involved with them in any way. Any reader drawing such an implication would be incorrect in doing so. As the writer, I am the one at fault regardless of my intent to the contrary. Pleasant Dreams apologizes and wishes to leave no doubt in anyone's mind of the truth of the facts which can be found in Ms. Maytubby's reply in the comments section.
I've exchanged a few e-mails with the subject of this post and hope to create a new post soon with more information, past and present. But you won't find it here - you'll find it in the "front" of the blog. As soon as the post is written - and meets Ms. Maytubby's approval - I'll link to it from here.