Football is just a game.
Sure, it's a multi-billion dollar game, but still a game.
It's important enough that you should feel crappy when you lose. It's not soo important that you stop being responsible for your actions. The Davante Adams situation just reminded a lot of people of that fact.
For those who haven't heard, Davante Adams shoved a photographer. The photographer ran in front of Adams as he left the field, and Adams shoved him to the ground.
The photographer filed a police report and that has led to criminal charges. Adams is scheduled to appear in court on November 10th. He is charged with misdemeanor assault for an "intentional, overt act" that inflicted "bodily injury." If convicted, Adams a maximum of 180 days in jail, but it's worth noting that he could also receive as little as a $250 fine. Significant jail time is extremely unlikely.
Opinion: Football is Just a Game
To be clear, I don't think Davante Adams is a bad guy at all. He probably just made a bad decision in the heat of the moment.
In fact, he was immediately apologetic about the situation.
“I wanted to say sorry to him for that because that was just frustration mixed with him literally just running in front of me. I shouldn’t have responded that way, but that’s how I initially responded. So, I want to apologize to him for that.”-Davante Adams
The bigger question is why he felt so frustrated about the outcome of a game.
Sadly, we see post-game fights at all levels of football between players, coaches, fans, etc. Yes, football is a serious game, but it's still just a game. Nobody should be fighting over it.
For Adams, it's more serious than a game; it's his job. But plenty of people have bad days at work without shoving people.
Aaron Rodgers's reaction to the situation perfectly highlights the issue.
When asked, Rodgers told reporters:
“I was surprised. I was definitely surprised. I love Davante, reached out to him after the game. I hadn’t seen the clip yet but, yeah, I was surprised.” -Aaron Rodgers
When asked if he was more surprised by the shove or the resulting criminal charge, Rodgers said, "More the charge."
Being surprised that someone who shoved a random person on camera got charged with a crime shows how detached from reality football can make people at times.
Football might be serious business to some, but it doesn't make anyone above the law. So everyone, please be as passionate about the game as you want; just don't forget that your actions can and should have consequences.