Did you happen to read the article by Steve Serby in today’s New York Post? If not, you’ll find it on page 60, underneath the title “Suspend It: No excuses for this me-first behavior.” The premise is that New York Giant’s star Odell Beckham, Jr. put himself above his team, and Serby wants him to grow up because he’s expected Odell to take his role as a role model seriously. Of course, there are many that would argue that these men are not supposed to be role models and that the NFL is a business, but if you look at the way the National Football League markets to children, it just seems to me that all professional athletes have a responsibility, as do we all, to do our very best. Yet, there’s something to be said for NFL players being held to a higher standard when it comes to their actions because children often mimic what they witness, and these stars are in the spotlight.
What I found very interesting about this article was Serby’s use of the term ‘provocation.’ Remember when Stephen A. Smith was suspended for suggesting that victims of domestic violence might provoke their attacks? Well, I’m just curious why it’s okay to use the term here, but not elsewhere such as cases of domestic violence. Again remember provocation, does not mean victimization is warranted, it simply means – Dictionary please!