Re: I'm done as a fan!
posted at 6/29/2013 1:23 PM EDT
Maybe it's wrong for me to assume you are American, but are you tired of being one? There are so many thugs/low-lifes living amongst us - even in government. Why do we allow them to be here?
Let me take it up another notch. Are you tired of being human?
Just trying to make a point that losing faith in the collective you root for, because of the action of one man person there, is naive. You're not going to find a perfect team. So long as there is an aspiration/idealogy and members of the collective (in this case the sports team) is working hard towards that, it's okay to fail every now and then, and learn from it.
One could easily say the Pats should make an exception with murderers and/or gangsters. How should the Pats have gone about learning that? They probably checked if he had a criminal record and he probably did not. Maybe he had a juvenile record, but the Pats probably did not have a legal way to access that.
Let me offer you another perspective.
What if after all the due diligence they did, the decision all boiled down to the word of a trusted friend - Meyer? Now, one can be critical of Meyer and his approach to building a competitive team; but what if... in Meyer's mind, what he does is provide youth, who are otherwise headed in a hopeless path in life, with an alternative, better path?
Meyer may have been aware of AH's gang ties before joining FLA, but if AH managed to stay away from criminal trouble over the years he was in Florida, wouldn't it be reasonable that Meyer could have thought/believed he and football made enough of an impact on AH that AH is on his way to changing his path? Why would they not think that if they probably have had success in reforming other troubled youth's lives?
What else should they have done?