There are two things I talk a lot about: ignorance & football.
I was lucky enough This year they seemed to go hand in hand. Football players showed plenty of ignorance – entire organizations did the same.
What irritates me more are the normal, everyday people/fans who throw words like, Thug out there. The people who cast overall judgement while they sit back & simply absorb what the media chooses feeds to them.
“All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.”
― Will Rogers
I keep my mouth shut if I’m not confident contributing. If I must open my mouth, I ask questions; it’s a valuable habit to have. My favorite thing about having that ability is that I don’t come across as an idiot. Priorities.
Why didn’t this enter into my thought process at any point? I never put that together.
Can we just all talk about how talented these guys are?
Gosh, it sure is fun to watch Richard Sherman intercept a ball.
Gee, how amazing was that run Marshawn did last Sunday?
I’d love to participate in that conversation, but unfortunately there’s a group of people who want to judge actions that… let’s be honest:
AREN’T THAT BIG OF A DEAL.
Is Richard Sherman the only outspoken NFL player? Other players who passionately run their mouths, they don’t get talked about in the same manner as him. Is Mr. Sherman a bad person? Does it make him uneducated? Is he a thug?
Richard Sherman had a 4.2 grade-point average in high school. Received a football scholarship to Stanford, where he also ran track and earned a degree in communication. A DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with his manner or choice of communication on or off the field. I do expect people, especially football fans to know what they’re talking about if they’re choosing to harshly judge someone.
His one-answer press conferences weren’t intended to be amusing… initially. Of course, as time progressed and the media & a bunch of other people, had their way with it… I’m sure he’s having a great time with it now [and so I am].
Josh Gordon? What are your thoughts on him? He’s a drug addict. A bad person? A thug? I encourage you to read the open letter he wrote.
Most importantly, I have failed myself. Again.
But you know what, Charles, Stephen A., Cris and everyone else? I also have succeeded.
Truth is, I have not smoked marijuana since before I was drafted by the Browns in 2012 — and there are years’ worth of drug tests to prove it.
There are no rules or regulations when it comes to being ignorant. No one is directly punished for being uneducated and opinionated all at once… but they should be. The amount of resources available to research…whatever it is you want to be vocal about is fairly extensive. Utilize it. Don’t put your foot in your mouth by doing something stupid like calling Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch or Josh Gordon a thug.
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