Good points all, and thanks for the comments. But my point here really wasn't to compare who was a worse guy between Tiki or LT, but rather to say that what an athlete does off the field should constitute a relatively small portion of our relationship with him. I'm not trying to make the rules for fandom here, but as I see it for myself, the athlete's off-field persona shouldn't impact our judgement of him except for the most extreme cases (as in, OJ Simpson).
Tiki comes off as a tool -- I get it and I'm not trying to dispute it. I'm just saying that it's my choice, our choice, to decide how important all that is. To me, it's really not very important. I think it's all been blown out of proportion by the controversy-driven way sports are covered, which have a heavy dose of mean-spiritedness. I mean, for all we know, Thomas Lewis might have dedicated his life to saving AIDS orphans: Does that mean he'll get a standing O at MetLife?
Posted on December 11th, 2012 10:08am