On the surface, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson did nothing wrong. He was on vacation in the Dominican. He went to the beach, to clubs, doing all the things young affluent men could and should do.
Then, he attended cockfighting … and started Tweeting about it.
Dumb, dumb, dumb. There is no excuse for an NFL player to be so ignorant that he actually flaunts inhumane treatment to animals — no matter the context.
Jackson was not a 5-year-old when the Michael Vick episode occurred. Yes — before you think anything — this isn’t about legal vs. illegal. Cockfighting is legal in the Dominican. It’s about the perception an NFL athlete bears by participating in any way in a controversial event … and, worse, publicizing it.
I would correlate it to parents telling their kids, “Would we approve?”
Would Bob McNair approve, Kareem? Would Roger Goodell?
With all the information the league offers players regarding social networking dos and don’ts, and simple rules of propriety, Jackson had to have known better. So why do it?
To put it in blunt terms, Kareem Jackson falls down.
Here are a couple of Tweets from Jackson, along with pictures — including one of Jackson at The Dominican.
“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 its a college football game.”