Nobody really likes people riding on the fence. It looks like the world is getting blacker and whiter than ever, and there's no room for gray areas in between.
But after seeing this situation with DeMarcus Lawrence and getting a chance to know him off the field, I think this is one that has a few shades of gray, if you like.
I would assume that most people watch the video from & # 39; D-Law & # 39; A fan wearing a Giants' Saquon Barkley jersey comes up to him, calls him by name and asks for an autograph for the car Fan, but then said: "Get the right jersey, son."
Certainly not the first time a player passes an autograph searcher. It has happened for decades. Nowadays it is being recorded more and more on video.
OK, here's my opinion: Of course he did not want to sign autographs at all. He left the stadium and did not want to stop anyone. He knows if he does, he'll probably be stopped for 50-1
Well, the moment he mentioned the jersey, the whole situation goes to a different level. Trust me when I say that some of the absolute fan favorites have done things over the years to not sign autographs. A Hall of Famer asked me to grab my own suitcase when he went to a hotel so that he had both hands full and could not sign. I had a Pro Bowler this year who asked me to conduct an interview with him on the field, avoiding autograph seekers at the training camp.
It happens. We understand it. However, most of them either have a reason or just pretend they did not see him.
When Lawrence said he has the "wrong" jersey, that's another story.
I wish he had not done that, mainly because of the backlash he gets from it. I can say that I probably know him a bit better than the average fan, and I know that he loves not only the fans but also kids.
I actually followed his group last December, which I call the "best". The worst day of the year when we go to annual hospital visits. Some players simply practice, put on the Santa hat with their jersey and go into the room, smile and take pictures. D-Law goes to another level and not only asks her what they want for Christmas, but he writes the requests with their names on paper. And I actually checked what he did and it turned out D-Law made sure all the kids he visited that day got their Christmas presents from him.
So any idea that he is this "savage" "Who does not care about children, is wrong. I've seen the guy at Chucky-Cheese not once but twice. (Yes, I know, that means I have to be a regular).
And on Tuesday night, on his day off, Lawrence had a community bowling event in Frisco, where he helped nearly 100 kids share these stories to share about the side of D-Law that I have seen.
But I'll say that – and it goes back to the whole "gray area" of history – Lawrence needs to think about what kind of role he really wants to have in the sports world.
There are really good players and he is one of them. There are regular NFL Pro bowlers, and he is one of them now. But then there are elite superstars going beyond the sport. We have some real, world-famous players who are on a different level.
And those guys are the ones people pay for to see them. Just look at the NBA. You probably have a father who is a Dallas Mavericks fanatic, but his son wants to go to the Warriors to get Steph Curry's autograph. I am sure that all these "oohs" and "ahhs" on LeBron James & #; dunks are not just from Lakers fans. The same goes for people like Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Mahomes and probably Barkley. I would not be surprised if this kid was just a fan of the Giants because of Barkley.
I have J.J. Play Watts Catch games with the entire front row of grandstands and throw the ball back and forth for everyone – regardless of the jersey. And yes, I would also classify him in this category.
Well, this status is not for everyone. Maybe that's not a level that D-Law wants or wants to achieve. But I assume that most players want it. But getting there requires a certain degree of agreement with the fans, regardless of what they wear.
After all, DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best all-rounders in this team. He is not only a great player, but also a great person outside the field. I think he is proud to be a "real" person.
The sad part is the little clip that most people have seen in the world and that does not really show who he is.