Jordan Jefferson would kick a dude in the face to start again
LSU quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, has had a rough start to the college football season. After being named the started for the LSU football team, Jefferson got into a bit of trouble during a bar fight August 19, which resulted in allegations of assault against Jefferson and teammate Josh Johns, ultimately leading to an arrest and suspension from the football team. Now, Jefferson is back on the team after his four-game suspension and the charges against him were reduced to a misdemeanor and Jordan just wants to get back out there and play after suffering such an ordeal.
“My personal goal is to be the starter,” said Jefferson…”I am going to do whatever it takes to get there.”
“This was a learning experience for me. I can’t imagine anybody in the country going through more than I did. But, I’m now wiser and more aware. God puts people in certain situation. I don’t regret anything. Everything happened for a reason. I’ve learned a lot from this.”
It will be good for LSU to add depth to the quarterback position, which Jarrett Lee has done a phenomenal job running in Jefferson’s absence, but is anyone else catching a “martyr” vibe from Jefferson’s comments? His “nobody has had it as tough as me” and “God is testing me” sound like someone who feels like they were persecuted, not like they did anything wrong. But let’s see what lessons he’s learned:
Jefferson said he felt that his celebrity status was a factor in his arrest.
“You never know how popular you are until situations like this,” he said. “I was just trying to go out and be a college student that night. I was enjoying myself with my teammates. A certain situation turned up. The position you play for the football team can cost you a lot and put you in trouble.”
So the lesson he learned: other people are out to get him. I was starting to worry that “entitled athlete” was lacking a spokesman, so this will work out really well.
I understand that as a football player at a big time school, there’s going to be idiots who try and make a name for themselves off of your name. Whether that be starting a fight, taking an embarrassing picture, or getting you in compromising situations, there will be people trying to bring you down. You know who else should know this? EVERY PROFESSIONAL AND HIGH LEVEL COLLEGE ATHLETE, EVER.
I know sometimes these guys just want to be regular college students and get to go to bars and do whatever they want, but they aren’t regular students, just like professional athletes aren’t regular guys. They are in a wildly exclusive super set of the population with physical talents that will make them a great deal of money down the line. Accept that, and do your “college stuff” in controlled environments where you can keep the idiots out and save yourself a lot of trouble. This sounds like the same mindset that Plaxico Burress had when he shot himself in the leg while out at a night club.
While it may very well be other people who instigate or escalate these situations, all of it could be avoided if these athletes didn’t put themselves in these situations. Going to these nightclubs or bars is like going into the ocean in a wet suit made of meat. Best case scenario, you splash around and get a little wet. More likely worst case scenario, you attract the sharks.