Russell Wilson Pens Second Article On Derek Jeter's Players Tribune Blog, About Violence
Russell Wilson was a bully. This is something he actually wrote with his own two fingers (we assume all athletes type like your uncle Ned).
[Players Tribune] I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out.
He bit them. Russell Wilson was/is a biter, and then he found Jesus and Jesus was all like, "Russell, don't bite kids, my dad is god," so he stopped. Do with that information what you will.
The next few paragraphs turn into a mixture of religion talk (not surprising) and a well-intentioned, compelling case for contributing to his domestic violence charity. That much isn't particularly interesting -- albeit wholly altruistic. What is interesting about the piece, however, is Wilson's willingness to let it all hang out. His own shortcomings, the shortcoming of his colleagues, and the systemic violence that has dominated the public conversation surrounding the NFL. It's not easy for a professional football player to address the complexities of an issue that seems impossibly at odds with itself, yet he manages to ask the toughest question: How do you expect people who play the most violent sport to leave the violence on the field?
I’m not a perfect person by any means. I’m just a recovering bully. But if we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it. For those of us in the NFL, there’s no excuse for violence off the field.
Jeter wrote the blog's first entry, yesterday.
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