I’m Sorry That It’s Not My Fault

“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff,”

                                                                           Josh Gordon

Hmmmm….I don’t see the part where he acknowledges his dumb actions and takes responsibilities for his mistakes, past and present. Josh Gordon has been pulling this baby like act for his whole football career.

Gordon smoked marijuana in high school, got suspended for it in college, switched teams because of his drug use and is now getting suspended for an entire year, but still manages TO FIND THE BALLS to pretty much say “Hey wasn’t my fault,”.

I hope Josh Gordon never plays another snap in football ever again. Gordon simply doesn’t deserve it. Sure he put up great numbers last season (missing a pair of games for drug use again), but it doesn’t matter. This is a man (a grown man and not a child) who simply doesn’t get it.

I don’t think this suspension will solve anything. Yes, it would be nice if he has a Cris Carter type of awakening, but I doubt it. I am closing the door on Gordon. Last season Gordon might’ve put himself into the elite category of receivers (ever more impressive because he is a member of the Browns), but it doesn’t amount for a thing right now. The league suspended him without blinking and they had the right too.

The NFL will find a new star quickly, like they always do, and put the memory of Gordon in the rear view mirror. Hopefully, the next football prospect will think twice about smoking marijuana or doing any type of illegal substance. Maybe Gordon’s dumb, selfish actions will actually save a young player’s career.

No one player is above the might of the NFL shield. The league does a great job at protecting its brand and boots out players that violate their code of conduct. Gordon will most likely find himself playing again next season. He is too great a talent to not be employed by some desperate team, but one puff of smoke and he is back to watching the games at home.

Joe Reyes

 

Amare Stoudemire: In The Moment

I am a huge Stoudemire fan. I thought he was on pace for a Hall of Fame career, but I’m pretty sure the rest of his time in basketball will be plagued by injuries and marginal teams signing him. After a nagging back injury a few years back, Stoudemire hasn’t been 100% since.

Netflix features a very interesting documentary about Stoudemire and his road to recovery. But again, I feel that it will be all for nothing. When Stoudemire left the Phoenix Sun, he became the main man on the New York Knicks. Stoudemire was even having an MVP season in his first year with the Knicks.

The documentary shows Stoudemire’s training with Hall of Fame Center Hakeem Olajuwon. Most of Olajuwon’s game is faking defenders out with his footwork and scoring mostly uncontested. Olajuwon has basketball camps for NBA players and shows them how to play like he does.

Olajuwon showed Stoudemire over a dozen different moves and combinations. Stoudemire learned them all perfectly…..in the gym….with Olajuwon….not in a real game. In a real game Stoudemire is reduced to a 20 minute player a game. In the remaining years of his career I can see him being a 8 point scorer and grabbing maybe 7 rebounds a game. Not bad stats, but Stoudemire is getting paid way too much to be a bench player who comes in sparingly.

Stoudemire will never be at an All Star caliber again, but this was still an interesting documentary to check out. I give it a 5/5 for its insight into Stoudemire’s life and it does show a lot of his road to recovery. Even though I know it’s a futile effort, still a good watch.

Joe Reyes

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Where’s His Justice?

Oh have you not heard? Dillon Taylor (white unarmed man) was shot and killed by a police officer (who was black). The details are unclear due to the police chief, who has taken all video tapes and hid them from the public.

What is clear was that Taylor was shot and kill, while unarmed, by a black officer. The Salt Lake Tribune noted, “The officer involved was not white.” Dillon was said to been recognized by an officer for having a bench warrant out for his arrest.

So why is this story not getting as much coverage as the Michael Brown (black) story? Because, quite simply, Michael Brown is black and was shot by a white officer. One could make the case that Brown’s death was more warranted than Taylors. Brown assaulted an officer, reached for the officer’s pistol and was ultimately shot after.

The details are unclear about Browns death because all the evidence is hearsay. I heard a woman on CNN tell the media that Brown was running and shot in the back, but all shots were to the front. Is it possible that Brown never had his hands up? Is it possible that this was something one person said and the news spread like wildfire?

Another man, Kajieme Powell (black) was shot in St. Louis. From the video you hear the men saying Powell was “unarmed and they just shot him”, when clearly in photos Powell is seen holding a knife while approaching officers.

This is a sheer neglect by the media. Taylor (white) was shot and killed while unarmed. Why aren’t Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton walking hand and hand with the citizens of Salt Lake City? Aren’t they grieving as well? Does Michael Browns death (a black man who just assaulted an officer and grabbed for his pistol) deserve more spotlight than the death of Dillon Taylor?

The news should be unbiased in their approach. Each story deserves its own airtime. Are they rioting in St. Louis? Are they burning their city to the ground? Are citizens chanting “They’re out to kill the white man?” Is it possible, that these 3 men were all killed by their own doing and not racially charged views constructed by people as gossip?

Taylor’s story will sadly get a tiny bit of coverage and that’s it. In Ferguson, the people are creating the story. The citizens there are calling for Officer Darren Wilson’s head. This is a disgusting display of Black vs White and that’s it.

Joe Reyes