I’m not a football fan.
It’s not that I’m against the game…my family just never watched sports when I was a kid and I found it hard to follow as an adult.
So, when I say this, please remember that it is in no way, shape or form, a slam against the sport, most of the fans, or even most of the players…it is simply about people treating people with dignity and respect.
When I grew up, we were taught to open doors for people, to say thank you, and that good sportsmanship is important. I was taught that being a sore winner is even worse than being a sore loser…and I was certainly taught that, if someone is injured, you see of they’re okay. You care about them and who they are as people.
Team affiliation has its merit…and cheering for your team is half the fun of watching a game. I don’t need to be a sports fan to get that.
What I don’t get…and what I refuse to condone as a citizen…is how a team like the Eagles can show such lack of compassion in the wake of what may be a career-ending injury for a man who worked is whole life to get to play on that field.
When he was writhing in pain on that stretcher, you should have taken a knee and tweeted good wishes for his health and recovery…not made fun of it, thrown yourselves a cyber party over it, and acted like classless fools.
You’re a disgrace to the profession and to the very nature of sportsmanship. And anyone (athlete or not) who conducts themselves that way should be utterly ashamed.