“I screamed when I got hit – well -screamed like a man,” Griffin said afterwards. “But it was important to me to get back to the huddle and win this game.”
Griffin is one of the best quarterbacks ever to come out of college and start in the NFL.
He’s now rich and will make hundreds of millions of dollars and do tons of commercials. He’s also respected – and oh by the way – well educated, well spoken and a class role model for the millions who watch him play.
Robert Griffin III is black and I promise you Mr. Griffin won’t be getting in trouble at “De Club.”
He is a class act, period.
This man is an all too rare example of what the other black players need to strive to become in both the NFL and NBA.
Sadly, the majority of black players are not even close.
Early Saturday morning Josh Brent was charged with manslaughter. Brent is a Dallas Cowboy. He and his pal, Jerry Brown, a linebacker with the Cowboys, were in a terrible car wreck. Brown is dead and Brent will spend many years in prison for their drunken, fun night.
Brent had been in jail before for the same thing, severe drunk driving. This time he killed his pal.
Must have been a fun night at ‘De Club,’ Friday, huh?
Two NFL moments days apart – Jovan Belcher and Josh Brent – both ending in death, tragedy, loss and embarrassment for the National Football League.
Two cases of uneducated black players with bogus college degrees, tons of money and a job on the world’s stage, who just couldn’t handle it.
The NFL is now addressing head trauma and other injuries caused by playing in the NFL.
New strict rules are in order and NOW.
*** After failing a simple NFL entry test for English, math, history and science, players MUST attend classes to get a meaningful degree at a high school level or better. Weekly mandatory classes. One third of their pay should be withheld until they can complete and pass tests. Real ones, with real teachers and tests they take, not someone else.
*** Mandatory classes for all players entering the league on investments. How to open a checking account – I kid you not, many players have never had a bank account before they get that first big check. What a C.D. is on and on…Even a league approved investment fund with a solid track record.
*** Classes that include how to behave in public. How to give a brief speech people can actually understand. How to behave in a restaurant, proper tipping, ordering and so forth. In other words we will help protect you from feeling small so you won’t try and act too big, getting you in trouble.
*** Classes could and should include, dating, marriage and dealing with NOT getting someone pregnant or having unwanted children. The rules of marriage and dating. How to treat a women. How to treat a child. How to be a responsible man.
The League must now BAN late night club attendance.
This should include strip bars. Only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights as well as game nights. No more weekends at “De Club” til 2 or 3 AM. If caught players forfeit one third of a year’s pay. Only league sanctioned events at bars after 10 PM on weekends, before games.
*** The league or team may approve late night events for promotions or commercials etc. with a league security officer present and a team driver with the player at all times. Players may go to bars and clubs during the week but only until an agreed upon time, unless team or league approved.
The players have lost their right to be trusted.
There have been in countless incidents and they’re on the rise. Black players in the 60’s and 70’s rarely had these issues. They respected the game and the opportunity to be on the world stage.
The hip-hop, hate culture changed all that and it must be killed off ASAP.
We need more Robert Griffin III’s and less O.J. Simpsons and Michael Vicks. A lot less.
Outstanding young men like Mr. Griffin demonstrate that it’s all very possible. We need to help these young men, their families and friends on and OFF the field. These young men represent our cities, our teams, their families and this nation.
NFL football is one of the biggest, most watched forms of entertainment on the planet.
The NFL dominates our news in this country practically on a daily basis. So it’s important its stars act like halfway responsible adults, not thugs and killers.
The NFL has a responsibility to help make this happen. Now.