Re: Sapp is a terrible person...simply a bad human
posted at 9/29/2012 7:38 AM EDT
Well, to be honest, Marshall is a somewhat different case.
Here's a few things I consider:
-He has a very real medical diagnosis. Does that make it ok? Certainly not. But I don't think his physical altercations are indicitive of the person he is, I think it's more a product of what he suffers with. Again, that doesn't make it ok, but it is a somewhat mitigating circumstance.
-More than once someone has claimed he hit them, and then not followed through with the charges. Does that mean it didn't happen? No. Does the woman stating something mean it definitely DID happen? Also no.
-He's gone to trial ONE (1) time, and was acquitted. All other charges were dropped, in one case after he completed anger management. Oh, and there was the DUI which he served a year of probation for. So I guess that's 3 times kind of in trial, once acquitted, once dismissed after anger management, probation for one year.
-Lastly, we don't know all the facts, because often it didn't go to trial and none were presented. He's certainly done enough to know that there IS something there...but what, exactly? Did she provoke him? Instigate it? Strike him first? I don't know. I know i'll catch heat for this, but sometimes it's ok to hit a woman. If a grown WOMAN wants to hit someone first, she opens herself to getting hit back. Is that what happened? Again, I don't know.
I do KNOW Sapp blindsided Clifton. I do KNOW he then defended his nearly paralyzing a guy 35 yards from the play. I KNOW he challenged then Coach McCarthy to "put a jersey on" and come play. I do KNOW he said he would retire if the Pats didn't give up a sack, and then proved how empty his words are. I do KNOW he's had plenty to say about other people, but when Marshall said something back, he simply couldn't take it. He's a bully, he's a loudmouth, and he certainly thinks he's better than most around him. When this Sapp/Marshall incident started, both Big zerO Glen Ordway and Michael Holley went out of their ways to point out that he is one person on camera, and once "the red light goes off" he's a totally different person and treats people like dirt. I don't have a lot of respect for Ordway, and my respect for Holley is waning, but neither strike me as the kind of person to simply make that up. And they spent a good, solid minute of airtime expressing this opinion before moving on to the story. They also said he's certainly not the ONLY guy like this, but may very well be the worst one of them. All that wrapped together, and more i've undoubtedly forgotten paint a picture of a man I don't respect, or like. In fat, it's crossed over to HATE. I truly HATE people like him, and wish I didn't have to share the same planet with them.
All that said, do I want Marshall on the Pats? Nope. Do I want him dating a family member? Definitely nope. Am I going to condemn him for suffering with a medical condition? Thrice nope. He currently is on medication, and gets the help he obviously needs. He hasn't had a legal run-in in 3.5 years (5 years since any legal finding against him) at some point, he shouldn't be judged so harshly for what he did as a younger man, many years ago. Being someone who carries one mistake from 10 years ago and STILL has it effect me, maybe I'm more sensitive to that. It's worth considering I suppose.