Jun 2, 2008
You better believe the person who does my laundry knows exactly how I reacted this morning when I learned of Bill RB Marshawn Lynch’s possible off the field troubles.
In case you haven’t heard, a car reportedly registered to Lynch was involved in a possible hit-and-run accident late Saturday night /Sunday morning near a Buffalo bar. Luckily, for all parties involved, the person, who was a woman, was able to get up and walk away under her own power.
I’m really hoping for the best for Lynch. I’m hoping he wasn’t in that car, or at the least wasn’t driving. It’s unfortunate, because this incident flies in the face of my interview with Lynch, on a few levels, so I’m hoping it’s a non-issue in a day or two. I’m hoping to roll with the article, as is, with no edits or editor’s note.
I wanted to make two other points here today relating to this topic.
1. There’s no such thing as a cover jinx. To say that a human who is on top is jinxed after he falls off his perch is almost like winning 10 consecutive hands of blackjack and then saying you’re jinxed after you lose one. People are put on covers because they’re on top, and life has a funny way of knocking you down off your high horse when you’re at the pinnacle, and for a variety of reasons. Not to get all religious, but it’s like the lyrics in the new Coldplay song, which is excellent by the way:
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
I brought up religion because, in case you didn’t notice, there are some religious overtones to those lyrics. But I think everyone, religious or not, can relate to the concept, and it definitely applies to pro athletes.
2. This is just another example of how tough this job is. We’re dealing with human beings here, imperfect beings who err. Make no mistake, while we may get a little over the top at times praising someone’s apparent moral fiber or character, you never know about a person. That’s why 4 out of 5 people who lived next door to murderers usually say something like “He seemed like a nice guy; he just kept to himself.” It’s a great challenge because, you can analyze all you want, but ultimately it comes down to the person.
I don’t know Marshawn Lynch very well, obviously, but I think I know people. I will say this about this situation after spending 30 minutes face-to-face with Lynch: I don’t know if he was involved or not, but I must admit I’m surprised it’s even come up and that he might even be in some trouble.
If that sounds like an endorsement, it was, and I hope I’m right.