So, its been a while since I have "written" a blog, a lot of video blogs, but nothing of the written letter. But now I will break the pen silence to talk about a trend that we have always seen in sports but it is starting to rear its ugly head once again, Domestic violence.
I will start with a couple of national examples, but then bring it home and a little more local for you guys. I guess as far as the sports world goes, there is one case that stand on in the minds of everyone; OJ Simpson, and that one will be debated throughout the course of time.
More recently we have seen Shawn Merriman in a case with internet sensation, Tila Tequila (I am sure some of you just rolled your eyes). Before the football season began, it was known, depending on what circles you are in, that Tila and Merriman were dating, but right before the Chargers season began, charges (no pun intended) were made on behave of Tila for an incident at a party.
Most would say, that was the reason for the slow start with Merriman's season as Merriman was arrested
back in September.
Now, it is being reported that Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is "battling for his life" after falling out of the back of a truck on Wednesday. The report says that Henry and his fiancee got in to a dispute and Henry jumped in the back of the truck, in which he was trying in an attempt to go after her. While she was driving, Henry fell out and injuried himself. You can view the whole story here
So, anyways, to my point. What is it about athletes and these cases. Now, I am not going to exclude athletes from the rest of society, because I am well aware things like this happens to many many people each and every day.
But, when you are in the spotlight, you do have a certain responsibility to uphold a certain image. There are several examples of that as well. The most recent is Tiger Woods. We all know the situation with Tiger these days, but now as a public figure it is his job to right the situation. Ever since he has arrived on the golf scene, he has been in the public eye. And now the public is watching him even closer trying to figure out exactly what kind of a person he really is.
I have heard talks for the last couple of weeks of how he has pulled the blinds over everyone's eyes and how the real truth about him is coming out. I am not here to debate rights, wrongs, truths or anything like that, all I am saying is that all of these athletes need to realize they have a responsiblilty to uphold once they are in the public eye.
They know they are being watch carefully and that every little thing that they do will be critizied, broken down, dissected, and commented on. Whether they like it or not, they have a responsibility as a role model and as heroes.
We are losing a lot of those athletic role models and heroes today, but some of them still exist. With the baseball world going through the steroids era, we are losing many of those as well. But there are still many out there that these kids can look up to.
But we all play the role of heroes in many people's lives.
Today, I have woken up to the very sad news for Bengals fans and for the rest of the NFL world that receiver Chris Henry has passed away. I know for Henry it has been a hard road for him both on and off the field, but he was well on his way of turning things around. Henry had three kids and leaves behind a fiancee. Henry was young and his time to go was not suppose to come this soon. My thought go out to his family, friends and fans alike.