It's so strange, because intellectually, I agree with Bill. I think Nick's take is a little over the top, but Bill's argument that it's certainly an ethical gray area, I agree with. But somehow, I find the notion that a person would spend hard-earned money on the autograph of a person they've never seen before to be so absurd that seeing that kind of attitude exposed is mostly funny to me, and I can't even bring myself to be mad at Kwame and Troy. It's kind of like "The Emperor's New Clothes," I guess. There's taking advantage of people's kindness, or their generosity, or their gullibility, or their compassion, or (in the case of evangelists) even their desire to get close to God. And all those things offend me a lot more than this. This was taking advantage of people's absurd eagerness to suck up anything and everything that they think has something to do with someone famous. And at some level, seeing that exposed was...oddly satisfying, and not that much of a moral outrage in my mind. Yes, an ethical gray area. But I just didn't react with the gut disgust that Nick and Bill did.
The subtext, of course, that nobody talks about during the episode at all is that people also found it much more believable that Kwame was an athlete because he's a good-looking young black guy surrounded by cameras, and for a certain number of people, that says "athlete." Again, it's hard for me to say how much I dislike Kwame for taking advantage of that fact and how much I like seeing it exposed and made to look ridiculous. Perhaps I can feel both of those things simultaneously.
At any rate, Nick walks away from the conversation while Kwame smirkingly accuses him of "grandstanding like Sammy." I really didn't like anyone in that conversation, unfortunately. Except Boyfriend Bill, and not just because he's Boyfriend Bill, either.
In an interview, Nick says he's sure Kwame will bring him into the Boardroom, and he insists that he's "formulated a wonderful defense."