It seems to have become an epidemic in the truest and most literal sense of the word. We all know that professional athletes in general are out of touch with the struggles of Everyman. OK. Enjoy your moment in the sun and get paid $475 billion dollars a year to block for Emmitt Smith but then retire at age 29 with three torn ACL and 15 concussions. I suppose we can agree to disagree that it all balances out. They make in a year what most of us make in a lifetime but it’s a tortoise and hare thing or a comet burns brightly reference. Fine. Say what you want but when do we the public hold these irresponsibly uninformed morons accountable for what they say and do – rather than just accept a tacit and toothless apology?
Latrell Spreewell can yammer away that he is struggling to feed his children on $14.6 Million appealing to the Commissioner in the name of fairness not long after he attempted to strangle his own coach (PJ Carlissimo over a simple disagreement). Sports figures are free to claim to be “bigger than Jesus” (because Jesus didn’t have a crossover dribble) or they can purport to be the Second Coming of Gretsky or for all I care they can claim to be Ghandi, Buddha and Johnathan Smith all rolled into one. Have a good time! Do a Riverdance in the end zone or work out a choreographed ballet at home plate or recreate Michaelangelo’s God Reaching Out to Adam on the ice at Madison Square Garden (most of those will garner a hefty fine or eternal damnation depending on the league or your personal religious beliefs). Celebrity may afford these athletes carte blanche to say whatever ridiculous crap pops into their uninformed, alienated, egomaniacal heads – but do not take a Lambeau Leap into the realm of ignorant insanity and use words that you do not understand!
Last week, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson found himself in the middle of a media controversy after comparing the plight of the pro football player (in the current labor dispute) to “modern-day slavery.” Specifically, a clearly heated Weaver said the NFL needs to “stop treating us basically like Adrian Peterson said, like slaves.”Peterson has not since addressed his comments. Now, Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver has joined the foray, adding his comments (agreeing with Peterson) during an interview with Derrick Gunn of CSNPhilly.com. Today, Weaver apologized for the remarks… via Twitter. Which is worse, actually making these heinous remarks, or being such a coward that he chooses Twitter as a forum for his insincere apology?
Weaver explained on his Twitter page that:
he had watched the video of his remarks to Gunn, and that Weaver was “very disappointed” with his comments. He apologized for the “bad choice” of words, and specifically for comparing NFL players to slaves.
“Now, that I have seen it, I will say that it was hard for me to watch and after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I represented my family, friends and organization the wrong way. I’m sorry for those words I used and if I offend anyone, please forgive me,” Weaver said.
“To all my fans whom I’ve disappointed I’m sorry.” Weaver said that he will explain himself. We’ll be keeping an eye on his Twitter.
In addition to Weaver and Peterson, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has also made comments comparing the NFL’s current labor model to slavery. All three players (Peterson, Weaver and Haynesworth) are among the highest-paid at their position but none are among the official players’ representation in these labor negotiations.
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Written by Christopher Rowe
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