Sometimes you can look around the sports world and think to yourself “yeah they get it, they know they are lucky to be where they are.” Someone is giving back to the community, they aren’t putting themselves above everyone else, they aren’t abusing their status or they aren’t just taking advantage of everything.
Sometimes you can looking around the sports world and ask yourself “is it just going to hell?” We see it in the newspapers and online websites, athletes on drugs, drunk driving, illegal weapons possession, drug dealing and a long list of things that most people can’t imagine even doing.
Coming up is the NFL Draft and I keep asking myself about that number one pick. Ya know Jameis, and all the stories that swirl around him. From the alleged stolen soda, soda taken in ketchup cups from a fast food establishment, to the accusation of stolen crab legs, the story went from he “forgot” to pay for them to this week he told Coach Harbaugh that a guy at Publix “hooked them up” with a birthday cake before and so he thought he could just get free crustaceans. There are the other big allegations of sexual assault that have been brought before criminal and civil court, the criminal charges have been dropped but the civil are yet to be tried.
It still appears that Tampa Bay, with the number one pick, are betting on Jameis’ talent and football IQ to lead them to the Lombardi Promised Land. The Florida based team is projected to dump buckets of cash on the former Florida State quarterback with their first pick in the NFL draft even though questions exist about Jameis’ decisions off the field.
We’ve seen multiple players let the money and bad decision making lead them to terrible consequences starting with one of the worst most recent cases: Aaron Hernandez (Murder), Rae Carruth (Conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, etc), Mike Vick (Dog Fighting/Unlawful Animal Cruelty), Adrian Peterson(Indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child for using a branch to spank his son in Spring, Texas, in Ma), Ray Rice (Arrested and charged with simple assault after he allegedly struck fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator. A grand jury indicted him on a more serious count of aggravated assault in March), Josh Brent (Charged with intoxication manslaughter after he flipped his car in accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown in Irving, Texas) and many more.
In fact, why don’t you go here and look it up for yourself? No really, look at the names. Make decisions for yourself. Question it for yourself. Ask yourself questions about all the things that happen. We look at Jameis (and I’m not letting him off the hook) but he’s not the only one here. He’s just joining a league where everybody else is doing something too. No one else is perfect. Maybe he’s just joining a group of somebodies that are getting away with some things too. I mean who knows how many on that list are getting away with walking out of a store with something free because they are playing for an NFL team. Maybe someone is going to a restaurant and getting a free meal? Why? Is it just because it draws crowds to that restaurant that the quarterback of the local NFL team eats there? So the owner says hey, you eat free? So why are we yelling at Jameis for doing something that someone else is doing?
Maybe it’s like “The Resistance” by Drake:
“I’m living inside a moment, not taking pictures to save it, I mean, how could I forget?
My memories never faded. I can’t relate to these haters, my enemies never made it.
I am, still here with who I started with.
The game needed life, I put my heart in it.
I blew myself up, I’m on some martyr shit,
Carry the weight for my city like a cargo ship….
Man I couldn’t tell you where the fuck my head is
I’m holdin’ on by a thread it’s like I’m high right now
The guy right now
And you could tell lookin in my eyes right now
That nothin’ really comes as a surprise right now
Cause we just havin’ the time of our lives right now….
Did I just trade free time for camera time?
Will I blow all of this money baby, hammer time?
Yeah, I just need some closure
Ain’t no turnin’ back for me I’m in it ‘til it’s over”
There ain’t no turnin’ back for him now. He’s burned a lot of bridges. He’s coming out now. It’s in it to win it. He’s going all in. So when he gets there, he’s going to be loved or hated, pretty much like before. What’s changing? He’s just going to be a pro. More money, more problems. Problem is, now it’s even more reported, even more microscopes even more to lose. If he’s trying to do better than good enough, it’s time to change. It’s time not to be better than same rut that all those guys in that rut got stuck in. Time to take in all that advice all those guys have been trying to tell him. Ain’t no turnin’ back yeah, but it might be too late, it might be over.