I’ll confess my bias from the start.
First of all, I didn’t know who you were until yesterday. My son, who plays H.S. football, despises you for your actions on the field.
Second, as a fan, the Seahawks are my least favorite (read: most hated) team. For a multitude of reasons beginning with Pete Carroll and Golden Tate and the game last year against my Packers.
So there are my subjective impressions from the get-go.
I was devastated by the last play of the game. I saw your on-field antics (the hit, the choking sign). This did not endear you to me as a professional athlete. Oh, and let me say this also: although I’m a Niner fan, I despise Kaepernick for the same type of hubris and bravado that he displays as well.
So it’s with these bias’ that I see this:
My jaw dropped. An angry and ego soaked declaration of your prowess…
And horrible sportsmanship. This video served to solidify my impression of you as an arrogant, over-paid jerk.
The reaction on Twitter and the internet was swift. Some calling for your head and others applauding you for your passion and candor. Erin Andrews had your back; defending your passion as being in “the heat of the moment.”
Others, apparently, displayed their profound ignorance and racism in a series of attacks on you based on the color of your skin.
I categorically denounce these uneducated bigots. There is absolutely NO place for that in any public (or private) discourse.
Here’s the deal Richard…at the end of the day, you acted like a jerk. The hit on Crabtree, the choking sign, the testosterone-laced diatribe with Andrews. It all could have been handled differently and you would have come out of this cementing your position as not only one of the best defensive players in the game, but for the educated, and thoughtful man that you clearly are.
Your blog post today is a refreshing insight into the type of man you are off the field. Humble, grateful, caring.
Why not bring that side of you into the game and into the media? Why not let young men know it’s okay to be a good sport. It’s okay to respond to the taunts of the opposition with humble regard and sportsmanlike sentiment.
I know I’m probably in the minority here, as hundreds of pundits have applauded your spontaneous display of emotion. I like emotion too Richard.
But I like the guy I see in the blog better…the guy praying for his wounded opponent…the guy calling out his own fans for their boorish behavior…that’s the guy I can become a fan of…
You’ve got two weeks to foment your reputation.
I hope the guy in the blog responds.
Best of luck my friend…