Sounding Off – When I Retire

When I retire from whatever job I’m working at at the time, I will never do what some athletes feel the need to do years after they actually mattered in the eyes of sports fans – rip on my former employer, releasing an angst-filled tirade that really helps no one.

When I read remarks like those from LaVar Arrington concerning the Redskins, Joe Gibbs and Daniel Synder, I just shake my head. What’s the point? Are athletes trying to make themselves feel better by ripping apart others? Do they want to make themselves appear more noble in the public eye by stating something to the effect that whatever happened when they were on the team wasn’t because of them but because of the S.O.B. in the owner’s box or on the sidelines?

For me, I won’t look any less on Joe Gibbs. Daniel Synder? I have no clue. But what Arrington said about him won’t make me think he’s a jerk. Arrington has a long history of spouting his mouth to the point that whatever he says I take with a grain of salt, to put it mildly.

Does Arrington need more publicity for his sports bar? Did a sports writer need a column that would attract attention because he couldn’t come up with anything else? I don’t get it. If you’re out of the game, let the issues of the past be just that – in the past.

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