By Tim Lacy, Special to the AFRO
“ALL ATHLETES ARE DUMB” is a stigma carried by jocks for generations. I decided to try and dispel the myth or reinforce the stereotype. You decide. We all know of athletes who have shown that there is more than an empty space between their ears. Now, some of you are a bit quick on the trigger and point to quarterbacks, some running backs and a few receivers. I am going to put that to rest by reaching into the trenches and pulling out Allen Page of the Minnesota Vikings, Purple People eaters fame. Page spent his career with one fist on the ground, and when he got tired of cleaning off the blood (some of it his own) after every game he retired and donned the robes of Judge. And, Page is just the tip of that iceberg.
Today I am going to take you on the journey of Myron Rolle. Most of you readers have never heard of him, and if you have he is only a footnote in your memory. Rolle attended Florida State University where he became a Rhodes Scholar (The Rhodes Scholarship is an international scholarship award affording the winner entry into Oxford University). His time wasn’t all spent with his nose in the books; he took time to play the Safety position for the FSU football team. His abilities led him to the 2010 NFL Draft where he was selected by the Tennessee Titans. A few years of inflicting brain damage on the opposition made him realize his talents would better serve in the field of healing. He entered Yale University Medical School and is now a practicing neurosurgeon.
Now I am about to unveil an extremely unpopular point of view in my house, but despite the unrelenting efforts by my spouse to burn all perpetrators or accused at the stake, this is the other side of the coin.
I have long argued that some sexual harassment claims are just a method of extorting money. There are those who are guilty,and they should be punished. However, casual comments are no cause for the recipient to take a couple of aspirin and call a lawyer from their bed. In this case, Amanda Seales accused Rolle of sexual harassment. Ultimately this didn’t do any harm because she later said she didn’t say he harassed her by phone or Social media.
Now, I am by no means the sharpest tool in the shed, but I can add 2+2 and spell “cat;” and I can say without reservation that in spite of Seales recanting her comments, this isn’t going to pass quickly. Until then, there are going to be people who will look at Rolle with a jaundiced eye.