I get a kick out of so-called “national columnists,” who provide commentary on things they know little about.
Such was the case ten days when a CBS Sports columnist criticized studio analyst and former player Rodney Harrison for suggesting that beleaguered NFL quarterback Josh Freeman may have faked a concussion.
We must look at all sides of the concussion issue, not just the danger, but the opportunity the emotional issue creates for abuse. By that I mean that pretending you have suffered a concussion can provide powerful, emotional cover for poor play and/or securing the sympathy vote. Obviously, we have to err on the side of caution, which is what the Minnesota Vikings did when they ruled Freeman, who was picked up after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released, out of the October 27 game against the Green Bay Packers.
But the fact of the matter is that Freeman and his handlers, and this is the part I am suggesting the columnist knows little about, have demonstrated a penchant for pulling out all stops when it comes to making Freeman the victim.
The suggestion that they came up with the idea that Freeman suffered a concussion as an excuse for his poor play in his debut in a Vikings uniform against the New York Giants or in order to sit out of the Packers game because he didn’t realize how bad the team he was joining, as Harrison suggested, is plausible.
“I’m not trying to doubt the seriousness of his injury if he has one, but it just seems like a convenient excuse to get out of a situation,” said Harrison.