From The Odd Couple
With the era of Twitter and Facebook these days, it’s hard to not know everything about what everybody of some sort of significance has done, will do or is doing. Sports Radio 610′s John Lopez “broke” the “story” of Kareem Jackson attending a cock-fight in the Dominican Republic Tuesday, and, in my opinion, made this a spectacle and a reason for the Texans public relations staff to return from vacation sooner rather than later, or at least when Kareem returns from vacation.
Jackson tweeted: “My first time ever seeing chicken fight till the death it was crazy… “
“Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think it’s a college football game.”
Lopez was right when he wrote this morning (on SportsRadio610.com) that what Kareem Jackson did, by attending and tweeting about attending a cockfight and posting pictures was, “dumb, dumb, dumb”.
Dumb only because now that Lopez brought attention to it, animal rights activists/Texan fans (not saying all Texan fans are animal rights activists but you can hopefully see where I am going) will greet him with great displeasure and question his intelligence, dignity, and his humanity because of one ‘story’.
My point is that if Lopez hadn’t have brought attention to the non story, then we wouldn’t be talking about it…I don’t follow Kareem Jackson on Twitter, I don’t think, even if I technically do, I certainly don’t check his status on a daily, monthly basis, if ever….how many of you people with no lives do?
Chronicle columnist, Jerome Solomon, to me, in my mind, hit the nail on the head, but left some things unsaid…when he wrote his rebuttal to Lopez’s article on sportsradio610.com today…he doesn’t fault Jackson for attending the cockfight in the Dominican Republic, which, for all humanity is legal there!
Perception: It’s a funny thing, each person can see the same thing and have a completely different opinion…Jackson tweeted that “it was crazy”…..and I chose to interpret his following tweet that read… “Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think it’s a college football game.” …as almost him mocking the stupidity of people there, for lack of a better way to put it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case, attempting to interpret a tweet is in the mind of the reader….and judging by most of the commentary from both articles today by Lopez and Solomon, a football player’s humanity is in question.
Jackson is paid to play football, rag on the guy all you want for being, in my opinion one of 11 players on the field at any given time, that were a part of the worst defense in football in 2010. That’s fine. That’s fair. However, do not compare this guy to Michael Vick. Do not tell me that Michael Vick is a hardened criminal still to this day, he served his time, and Vick controls his own destiny from this point forward. Period.
The pathetic thing is, and Solomon is probably correct when he states that the Texans will probably ask Jackson, or demand of him to issue a statement/apology.
I wouldn’t really expect anything else from the best PR staff in the NFL…silly. When did overpaid, million dollar football players/athletes all of a sudden become royalty so to speak and be expected to morph into a damn saint as soon as they get drafted?
I’m not telling you what you should or shouldn’t think. I am simply trying to add a little perspective to this “story”. I may be failing miserably, but ask yourself this question…when Kareem Jackson ends next season with 5 picks and isn’t at or near the bottom in every defensive category for a CB will you remember this “story”, or will you remember him for making all the strides he needed to help this Texans team win more games than they lost?
After you answer that, then make sure the next time your out at Reliant Stadium, you go get that big fat beefy burger or that RIDONKULOUS, over-sized Turkey leg and tell me if you still feel as strongly about Kareem Jackson attending a legal cock-fight in the DR.
If Jackson just play’s better football in 2011 than he did in 2010, then he’s done his job. He’s done what he’s paid to do. He’s expected to represent the organization well, yes. Did he disrespect the organization while in the Dominican Republic? Not that we know of, at least in my opinion. If he did, he was smart enough not to tweet or upload pics of him doing so.
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