Morality is a difficult topic to define. I consider myself someone with relatively high moral values. I try to do things the right way. Whether or not I was raised that way or placed within a proper environment, I have no clue. I’m certainly not qualified to psychoanalyze anyone, let alone myself.
But as I sit here with a forum to discuss the happenings of the San Francisco 49ers, one thing for sure is blatantly obvious. I don’t know Aldon Smith. I don’t know Chris Culliver. I’ve never known Terrell Owens for that matter either. Reading stories about Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds are entertaining, bizarre, and outlandish all at the same time. But, I don’t know him either. I can read tales in books and accounts on the internet about how Reynolds sawed a car in half after a demoralizing loss in a college football game. It’s certainly understandable to consider that behavior off kilter. That certainly doesn’t justify knowing Hacksaw Reynolds.
Any assessment by members of the media is pure speculation. Sure, it’s more than plausible that the recent behavior of men like Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver signifies a strong sense of entitlement. How else would you vindicate the antics of these men? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Being passionate about these guys is natural, because they play for the team that we love. They play the sport that has become by far and away the most popular in United States. It all makes sense. By no means does that mean we know these players. They have their friends, their inner circles, and their families. And more than likely, we’re not in them.
The point where this whole ever ongoing and popular “point the finger” activity gets tricky is in the win/loss column. Often times winning and morality fall on opposite sides of the spectrum. Let’s be honest here, football games, especially at this level, aren’t won with choir boys. It’s a tough game where people often lie, cheat, and steal just to win football games. “Spygate” ring a bell? During a game, it’s the job of the referee to determine what’s fair and what isn’t. Outside the lines, unfortunately, it’s just not that simple.
Look no further than the story of Leonard Little as prime example. Little plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DWI in 1998. He was suspended for eight games as a result. In 2004, Little was charged with another DWI but was acquitted. In both instances, his punishment was probation and community service. Leonard Little last played in the NFL in 2009. He spent his entire 12 year career with the St. Louis Rams. He survived his ineptitude off the field.
What does this all mean? Talent and WINNING trump everything! Morality, if you will, often subsides the ability to win football games. Nobody knows what will happen with the likes of Chris Culliver or Aldon Smith and the San Francisco 49ers. But answer me this…..what’s the price of winning?